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Feedback on a controversial comma – 10 April 2019

‘I don’t think I’m up to it. I can’t write.’ That’s what I should have said. That would have been a good thing for me to say, all true and straightforward, like I’m supposed to be. But, you know how some people are really good at thinking fast and talking good and getting things to go their way and some people, well, just aren’t – I’m one of them, the some-people who just aren’t. I...

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Basking in reflected glory: SAW Success Night – 27 March 2019

It’s not often that you sit in a room surrounded by so many award winners, knowing that you are all part of the same group. BAFTAs or Oscars, Emmys or Brits, Bookers, Costas, Carnegies or Greenaways? No, none of the above. The night, minus red carpets and posh frocks was about Ayr Writers’ Club and the Scottish Association of Writers awards. Ten of our number came away from the annual conference...

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The Night We Bagged Magic: writing for young children with Elizabeth MacKay – 3 April 2019

There was no escaping magic, when Elizabeth MacKay took centre stage for Young Children’s Fiction. The writer from Dalry in Ayrshire, has achieved success with approximately 300 published stories and articles. A warm welcome was expertly provided by Linda Brown, Joint President, describing Betty as an acclaimed children’s author of three books; Wee Granny’s Magic Bag, published 2011; Wee Granny...

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What’s not to like: writing for under 7s with Maggie Bolton – 20 March 2019

No better way of learning to write for young children than from someone who has achieved success in the field.  Maggie, a long time member of AWC, is a skilled and imaginative writer of books in that genre who also illustrates her books with such lovely pictures you wish you had a child for whom to buy them. Writing for children has changed over the past years.  No more talking trains,...

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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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