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Sharing SAW Successes – 22 March 2017

Another year, another success story for the Ayr Writers Club at SAW. This year, twenty one AWC entries across a wide range of genres received prizes from 1st Place to Commended. For those who were unable to attend, this evening was a chance to hear some of the pieces performed and read aloud. AWC’s first prize trophy winners First up was Linda Brown’s general article “A short woman’s...

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Wandering with words: travel writing workshop with Nigel Ward – 15 March 2017

In a couple of sentences, write about a place you have visited and has made an impression on you, then write about a local, more mundane place. This was the homework set to us in preparation for Wednesday night’s travel workshop, brought to us by our own Nigel Ward. Nigel has had club success in travel writing competitions and posts his blog regularly on the Walk Highlands website. So what is...

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Wolves, whales and a wee moose, with Jim Crumley – 8 March 2017

Nature writing comes naturally to Jim Crumley. We were delighted to welcome Jim to the club as our guest speaker. A well-known and respected nature writer with a journalistic background (twenty years with major Scottish newspapers), he still contributes monthly to the Dundee Courier and The Scots Magazine. Describing nature writing as the “problem child of literature”, Jim explained how...

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Feedback on novels, poems and short stories – 22 February 2017

Wednesday’s meeting was a feedback/read-a-round evening. The format for this type of meeting is that people bring along four copies of pieces of prose or poetry, no longer than 1,000 words. The items submitted are all anonymous and the organisers make sure that each group of reviewers does not receive their own work, to avoid bias or embarrassment. Around seventeen of us were there, reviewing...

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John Cairney: never waste a moment – 15 February 2017

 The honest men and bonnie lasses of Ayr Writers Club got a rare treat last night when the renowned actor and raconteur John Cairney came to speak to us on the eve of his 87th birthday. John, who has had an acting career spanning 64 years, has lost none of his legendary charisma. His stage presence was still very much evident as he entertained us with stories of his long and fascinating career....

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Let’s Write: in magazines – with Janice Johnston, 8 February 2017

‘Please bring along some magazines,’ was Janice’s request prior to her workshop. Well, we did and what a selection. Everything from Which? to Wedding turned up on our table, and others had Camping and Caravanning Club, Railway Modeller, National Geographic as well as magazines covering cookery, triathlon, Scottish culture, you name it. Janice then explained to us, with great examples, how we...

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How To Write A One-Act Play In Two Acts! with K Edwards – 1 February 2017

On a mild, damp February night, a significant number of storytellers gathered at the Mercure hotel to listen and learn from playwright K Edwards. Karen kicked off the evening by taking us through the basics: what is a play, layout and structure of a one-act play. She reminded us at the heart of every play and every story is the goal, motivation and conflict of the protagonist.  “Roll up, roll...

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“Not a money-making lark:” short stories with Ann Burnett – 18 January 2017

We stepped aside from plotting and characterisation. We didn’t discuss how every single word should work its socks off or how too many characters can confuse. Instead, last Wednesday evening Ann focussed on how to be most effective in getting our writing “out there;” whether aiming for publication or competition success, To capture everything she shared would be impossible. As usual, Ann’s...

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