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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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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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