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From lost thumbs to Star Wars: myth and magic with Suzy Kelly – 6 March 2019

Well, it was another fascinating workshop at the club last night when our own Suzy captured and enthralled with her wealth of knowledge of writing myths and magic. Suzy’s power-point presentation was brimming with wonderful facts. ‘Realistic fiction can always do with a bit of magic and vice versa.’ Suzy gave us an overview of Legend, Folk Tale, Fairy Tale, Fable, Myth, and the importance of...

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From aliens to parrots: a Let’s Write Night – 6 March 2019

On Wednesday our joint presidents, Linda and Gill, hosted a sci-fi themed writing evening.  If, like me, the thought of writing anything sci-fi is daunting and alien, excuse the pun, then Wednesday’s workshop would have allayed your fears. With the prompts for setting the scene, creating characters and creating conflict the attending writers had free rein when, where and in what world they...

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Comments and competitions: Feedback Evening – 20 February 2019

On Wednesday we had one of our Feedback/Readaround evenings. Prior to the main agenda, Gill presented the Scottish Article Competition results. These were as follows: 1st place Shiela Grant for Always Look on the Bright Side 2nd place Jan Walker for I Had To Smile 3rd place Chris Palmer for A Footnote in History Highly Commended Catherine Lang for Nature’s Balm Eddie Phillips for The Hills...

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Be a Planner not a Pantster – Article Writing Workshop – 30 January 2019

Despite inclement and unpredictable weather – Kathy and I had left Narnia behind in the Irvine Valley (OK, that’s maybe a slight exaggeration) – we had a good turnout of members for Nigel Ward’s article writing workshop. Of course, those of us who’ve attended one of Nigel’s workshops before knew it would be worth pulling on our snow-boots and trekking to Ayr. Nigel began by quoting from the work...

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Prune, pare and perfect at Pat Young’s editing workshop – 13 February 2019

It takes a certain degree of chutzpah to employ punctuation as a fashion accessory. Pat’s traffic-calming exclamatory knitwear demanded attention for an enthusiastically-delivered interactive evening of all-embracing editing advice (which included minimising the use of adverbs and employing hyphens to reduce word count). As a well-known member of the Group, Pat has published three novels with...

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Classification: public – non-fiction with Bill Coles – 23 January 2019

Our speaker to talk about writing non-fiction articles was Bill Coles – journalist, adventurer, dad, gamesman, storyteller and writer (not necessarily in that order.) He has written for numerous papers including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The Mail and The Scotsman. During the course of the evening he talked of his time writing for these papers, some of the stories he worked on and...

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A Bard’s Advice: drama workshop with John Binnie – 6 February 2019

‘I’ll have grounds More relative than this – the play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.’ Hamlet’s frequently quoted words on the power of theatre persistently lodged in my brain as I tried to find the words to encapsulate the pleasure provided by John Binnie’s workshop on Wednesday night. Open, friendly, encouraging, stimulating , thought-provoking……I need a...

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Christmas Night at Waterstones – 12 December 2018

An enjoyable and entertaining evening was had by all who attended Ayr Writer’s Christmas night held at Waterstones Ayr. Firstly let me extend a huge thanks to the committee members for their hard work organising and hosting the evening. The evening kicked off with a leisurely browse round the well stocked shelves of Waterstones, picking out that special Christmas gift or buying a treat for...

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