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A valuable sounding board: Feedback Night – 7 November 2018

The meeting was one of our regular read-around sessions where members are asked to bring in a piece of work of approximately one thousand words and allow people to read and offer constructive criticism. There were a large number of such contributions to consider and for my part they ranged from very good to border line excellent. It’s very difficult to keep track of all the submissions and what...

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No-one can write your story so write it yourself” – memoir/life writing with Carolyn O’Hara – 31 October 2018

Yes, as Carolyn O’Hara emphasised in her workshop session on Memoir/Life Writing, ‘It’s all about me’. While the prolonged Ayrshire rain dampened Halloween spirits outside, Carolyn warmed the hearts of the near thirty members and guests inside a warm Mercure hotel as we listened to, and interacted with, her excellently illustrated personal guide through a voyage of (self-) discovery. Modestly...

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“When you believe anything is possible” – life writing with Lesley Sehli – 17 October 2018

On Wednesday 17 October the club welcomed Lesley Sehli, the motivational speaker and self published author of He Said Die. I Say No!. A memoir detailing Lesley’s experiences working and living in Saudi Arabia for over 20 years, the memoir also charts the author’s gruelling journey with cancer and illness. To accompany her talk Lesley had prepared a PowerPoint presentation to showcase her...

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Always remember the shoes: novel writing workshop with Caro Ramsay – 10 October 2018

The truly talented and imaginative writer, Caro Ramsay, took the hot seat for the Novel Writing Workshop last Wednesday, at The Mercure Hotel, Ayr. The excellent turnout for our guest speaker at the Ayr Writers’ Club, provided the perfect ending to a beautiful Indian summer’s day. In her warm welcome and introduction Linda Brown, who is joint President of the club, skilfully described Caro as a...

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Feedback night: critical variety – 3 October 2018

Variety is the spice of life. That may be a bit of cliché but in terms of the reading material presented for consideration at Ayr Writers’ Club feedback night on Wednesday, it was certainly true. With members carefully divided into four groups on arrival – so as to avoid the awkwardness of having to adjudicate one’s own piece – silence descended as we became absorbed in the...

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Let’s Write – Never Underestimate the Power of a Shoe ** – 26 September 2018

Shoes. What can they tell you about the person who has chosen to wear them? This was the first question Gill and I posed on Let’s Write night, to four tables of eager writers – pens poised, notebooks open and raring to get down to business. After all, Let’s Write nights are when we write. Simples. To kick the evening off, each group was presented with a different image of footwear: brown Chelsea...

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Glasgow to Gaddafi: an evening with David F Ross – 19 September 2018

The evening of Wednesday 19 September will be, for those present at the Ayr Writers’ Club meeting in the Mercure Hotel, an evening to remember. Storm Ali was still blowing and brave souls faced the wind and rain to listen to Kilmarnock based author, David F Ross, talk about his life and his books and the forces that drive his writing. No one was disappointed. David started the night by telling...

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Choices, choices, choices at a workshop: then you have a novel – 12 September 2018

Around 7.15pm on Wednesday night, on our way to the Writers’ Club, Janice and I drove along Barns Street hoping for a parking space. Being economists we prefer street parking. We spotted a slot and were about to reverse in to it when we were confronted by a blonde female in a white mini who assumed it was her space. Janice stood her ground and confidently continued with her plan much to...

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