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Book review workshop with Catherine Lang – 19 April 2017

If you are like me and have never written or even thought of writing a book review, then Catherine Lang’s book review workshop on 19th April was the place to be. With several prize-winning book reviews to her credit, Catherine made what might seem a daunting topic not only extremely informative but fun. First, it was important to recognise what does not constitute a review. “It is not a blurb,...

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Readarounds can be murder – 12 April 2017

It has been roughly thirty five weeks since I last attended an Ayr Writers’ Club meeting, and in order not to break with tradition, I arrived my usual wee ten minutes late.   It was so nice to see all the familiar faces again, alongside some new faces.  After a quick hello, I joined one of the groups we had split into for the readaround. Last year’s readarounds were done anonymously. However,...

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No animals harmed in the launch of “Dog Fight” – 6 April 2017

AWC club member Susan McVey reports on the launch at Waterstones in Ayr of Michael J Malone’s latest in an ever-increasing list of publications.   Creating nail biting novels that keep you on the edge of your seat, seems to come naturally for Michael J Malone, I’m sure those who have read his work will agree.  For those who attended his book launch at Waterstones for his latest...

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Let’s Write: It’s a Disaster! – 5 April 2017

Let’s Write Night began with a scream. But don’t worry folks. It was a scream of joy and excitement because oor Pat Young had tremendous news to share with us. Her novel, the psychological thriller “Till the Dust Settles” which she has worked so hard to perfect, has been accepted for publication. Yayyyy ! Well done Pat. We all look forward to reading your book. Pat’s grin stretches from...

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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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