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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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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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Ayr Writers’ Club Join Raconteurs In The Bachelors’ Club

By Tracy Harvey   As we approach Burns Night, orators and raconteurs the length and breadth of Scotland will be narrating the tale of Tam O Shanter, addressing that great chieftain o the puddin race, the haggis, and praying along with that auld hypocrite, Holy Willie. For spoken word has long been the tradition of Scotland, going back to the days where most folk had never been taught to...

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Beating Writer’s Block

By Fiona McFadzean   As a long-time member of Ayr Writers’ Club, it was a shock to my system when circumstances meant that I was unable to attend the weekly meetings. I could still be an online member of the club, keeping in contact via the e-mail Google group. It just wasn’t the same and I soon developed Writers’ Block, that affliction dreaded by all writers. Ideas wouldn’t develop,...

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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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