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The Journey Towards Good Travel Writing – 18 April 2018

Nigel Ward’s travel writing workshop was, as expected, entertaining and informative but definitely not for slackers! There was much furious scribbling going on. As one member said, because of other commitments, this was the first actual writing she had done in months. After a brief flow-writing exercise, Nigel gave us many useful tips and ideas such as the ‘nut-graph’. That is...

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Such talent from Ayr Writers – 11 April 2018

We had a good turnout for our read-a-round evening on 11 April, with four groups enthusiastically discussing the pieces submitted for scrutiny. For those of you who don’t know what these evenings consist of, the instructions tell us to bring along four copies of a piece of prose or poetry no longer than 1,000 words. The pieces are anonymous and usually each group of reviewers does not read their...

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Oh What a Night: AWC Really SAW Success – 28 March 2018

Once again the members of Ayr Writers’ Club who entered work in the Scottish Association of Writers competitions did the club proud, amassing no less than a dozen accolades. A success night was held on 28 March to showcase their winning pieces. First up was Greta Yorke who won 1st place with her children’s self published book Tartan Witch, a delightful and practical tale of finding a way to...

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Children’s Fiction, with Maggie Bolton – 4 April 2018

One of the possibly more difficult aspects of writing for most people is how to pitch it at a level that 11-18 year olds relate to. In an attempt to demistify and explain how it might be done, Maggie Bolton took the stage on the topic of “Children’s Fiction”. Maggie, who has had a number of books published, took the meeting through the nuts and bolts of writing for that particular genre....

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A shed full of potent bits: writing for young adults, with Martin Stewart – 21 April 2018

It may seem a tall order to write something that will appeal to children from aged eleven right through to adult, but clearly it’s possible (think of J K Rowling, Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman and Suzanne Collins to name but a few.) Well, on Wednesday night Martin Stewart gave AWC members an insight into how it might be done by sharing his approach to writing Young Adult Fiction. After many...

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From Noah to the perils of the i-phone – 14 March 2018

On Wednesday 14 March the Club hosted one of its regular Read-Around nights. Around twenty or so members arrived for the evening, many clutching copies of their work. The description of the evening in the Club’s handbook is simple and disarming – ‘These are informal evenings, where you are given the chance of having your work read by other club members’. The truth is that it can, particularly...

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Writing Articles with Sheila Grant – 7 March 2018

A writer has to start somewhere and for those who attended the club on Wednesday evening, there was no better person to give advice than Sheila Grant. Sheila became a member of Ayr Writers’ Club over twenty years ago, spurred on after publication of a children’s story in a magazine. Sheila admits this story had many flaws and now confesses to never having written or finished a children’s story...

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A meeting with Moira: Alan Bissett on monologues – 21 February 2018

For those brave members of Ayr Writers’ Club who defied the cold and damp to attend the meeting at Mercure Hotel in Ayr on 21 February (and there were many) it was to be an evening to remember. It was billed simply as “Speaker: Monologues – Alan Bissett”, which gave no indication of what was to come. And what was to come was a masterclass in both writing and performing. Alan is talented in both...

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