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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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Chuckles and chocolate: drama workshop – 5 December 2018

It was a miserable, drab evening but that didn’t prevent a healthy turnout for the Drama Workshop. Being a new member, I wasn’t at all sure what to expect – and then being ‘invited’ to write the blog? It felt more like I was being cajoled, prodded and generally bullied, although that was far from the case. Picture rabbit and headlights and you’ll catch my drift....

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Pitch Perfect: Dragon’s Pen – 28 November 2018

It takes a wee bit of courage for a writer to stand up in front of a panel of three ‘Dragons’ and an attentive audience of fellow writers, to pitch their novel; laying bare the intricacies of their plot and the complexities of their characters – and all in precisely three minutes. But that’s exactly what eight brave Ayr writers did at our Dragon’s Pen competition on a wild, rainy November night....

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A search for genuineness: poetry with Gerry Cambridge – 21 November 2018

Gerry Cambridge, poet, essayist and editor of The Dark Horse visited Ayr Writers’ Club to share some of his writing experiences and views with members. Introduced by President Gill Sherry as a talented published poet, musician, nature photographer, we anticipated an interesting evening ahead. Gerry recounted tales from his early writing days when he lived in a caravan in the depths of...

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In ma ain accent: poetry workshop with Tracy Harvey -14 November 2018

The evening was most enjoyable, friendly and hilarious thanks to Oor very own Tracy Harvey. Tracy is a poet who writes and performs in her native Scots tongue. Carolyn O`Hara welcomed Tracy who began the evening with explaining to us that to ease our nerves, we should breathe from our belly. While doing this we should also think of someone who believes in you as you breathe. This will give you...

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