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Writing Articles with Sheila Grant – 7 March 2018

A writer has to start somewhere and for those who attended the club on Wednesday evening, there was no better person to give advice than Sheila Grant. Sheila became a member of Ayr Writers’ Club over twenty years ago, spurred on after publication of a children’s story in a magazine. Sheila admits this story had many flaws and now confesses to never having written or finished a children’s story...

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A meeting with Moira: Alan Bissett on monologues – 21 February 2018

For those brave members of Ayr Writers’ Club who defied the cold and damp to attend the meeting at Mercure Hotel in Ayr on 21 February (and there were many) it was to be an evening to remember. It was billed simply as “Speaker: Monologues – Alan Bissett”, which gave no indication of what was to come. And what was to come was a masterclass in both writing and performing. Alan is talented in both...

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Let’s write a play: drama workshop with Helena Sheridan – 14 February 2018

It might have been Valentines night but that didn’t stop a good crowd of Ayr Writers’ Club from gathering at the Mercure Hotel to learn about writing scripts at a drama workshop led by club member, Helena Sheridan. Helena is a talented and successful playwright who has won several Scottish Association of Writers drama script competitions and has had plays performed by theatre companies...

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Holding on for gold dust: fiction with Ajay Close – 7 February 2018

The truly talented and inspirational writer, Ajay Close, took the hot seat for Fiction, last Wednesday evening. Following Alison’s skilful introduction, describing her as a novelist, dramatist and creative writing tutor for adults and children, Ajay transported us along, on her writing journey, from Primary School, where a teacher had described, ‘her gift for words,’ up until present day. A...

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The journey from scribblers to published authors – 24 January 2018

Short and sweet? Or long and winding? AWC’s very own Pat Young, author of Till the Dust Settles and Michael Malone, author of several books, including A Suitable Lie, Dog Fight and House of Spines shared the hot seat and, thanks to Alison Craig’s skilful interviewing, told us of their writing journeys to publication. Pat, who never had the urge to write until a few years ago, was inspired by an...

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Campervans and uncluttered contemplation, with Sue Reid Sexton – 17 January 2018

‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ How many times do authors get asked that? Tonight, at the latest Ayr Writers’ Club meeting, we will hopefully find out and more importantly, discover actions we can take when those ideas dry up. Help arrived in the form of Sue Reid Sexton, author, teacher of creative writing, ghost-writer, and previous counsellor. Sue started with a quotation from Muriel...

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There lies trepidation, with their bug-bears ‘cos they’re apostrophes, with Pat Young – 6 December 2017

How do we properly employ ellipses, semi-colons, apostrophes, commas and quotation marks? These were just a few of the topics discussed during Pat’s ‘Grammar and Things’ session on 6 December. Grammatical correctness can be such a minefield that I suspect most of us approached the evening with a degree of trepidation. How many mistakes had we been making unwittingly in our writing to date? We...

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Plots and characters break down blocks – 29 November 2017

Few writers, whether they are very experienced or new to writing, will go through their careers without experiencing something akin to writer’s block. Being stuck for ideas can be frustrating and demoralising. Inspiration can be sought in a variety of ways. Members of the Ayr Writers’ Club, all too familiar with the challenge, have a series of Club Nights during the Season when there are...

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