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Children’s Fiction, with Maggie Bolton – 4 April 2018

One of the possibly more difficult aspects of writing for most people is how to pitch it at a level that 11-18 year olds relate to. In an attempt to demistify and explain how it might be done, Maggie Bolton took the stage on the topic of “Children’s Fiction”. Maggie, who has had a number of books published, took the meeting through the nuts and bolts of writing for that particular genre....

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A shed full of potent bits: writing for young adults, with Martin Stewart – 21 April 2018

It may seem a tall order to write something that will appeal to children from aged eleven right through to adult, but clearly it’s possible (think of J K Rowling, Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman and Suzanne Collins to name but a few.) Well, on Wednesday night Martin Stewart gave AWC members an insight into how it might be done by sharing his approach to writing Young Adult Fiction. After many...

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From Noah to the perils of the i-phone – 14 March 2018

On Wednesday 14 March the Club hosted one of its regular Read-Around nights. Around twenty or so members arrived for the evening, many clutching copies of their work. The description of the evening in the Club’s handbook is simple and disarming – ‘These are informal evenings, where you are given the chance of having your work read by other club members’. The truth is that it can, particularly...

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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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