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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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Pitch Perfect: Dragon’s Pen – 28 November 2018

It takes a wee bit of courage for a writer to stand up in front of a panel of three ‘Dragons’ and an attentive audience of fellow writers, to pitch their novel; laying bare the intricacies of their plot and the complexities of their characters – and all in precisely three minutes. But that’s exactly what eight brave Ayr writers did at our Dragon’s Pen competition on a wild, rainy November night....

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A search for genuineness: poetry with Gerry Cambridge – 21 November 2018

Gerry Cambridge, poet, essayist and editor of The Dark Horse visited Ayr Writers’ Club to share some of his writing experiences and views with members. Introduced by President Gill Sherry as a talented published poet, musician, nature photographer, we anticipated an interesting evening ahead. Gerry recounted tales from his early writing days when he lived in a caravan in the depths of...

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In ma ain accent: poetry workshop with Tracy Harvey -14 November 2018

The evening was most enjoyable, friendly and hilarious thanks to Oor very own Tracy Harvey. Tracy is a poet who writes and performs in her native Scots tongue. Carolyn O`Hara welcomed Tracy who began the evening with explaining to us that to ease our nerves, we should breathe from our belly. While doing this we should also think of someone who believes in you as you breathe. This will give you...

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A valuable sounding board: Feedback Night – 7 November 2018

The meeting was one of our regular read-around sessions where members are asked to bring in a piece of work of approximately one thousand words and allow people to read and offer constructive criticism. There were a large number of such contributions to consider and for my part they ranged from very good to border line excellent. It’s very difficult to keep track of all the submissions and what...

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No-one can write your story so write it yourself” – memoir/life writing with Carolyn O’Hara – 31 October 2018

Yes, as Carolyn O’Hara emphasised in her workshop session on Memoir/Life Writing, ‘It’s all about me’. While the prolonged Ayrshire rain dampened Halloween spirits outside, Carolyn warmed the hearts of the near thirty members and guests inside a warm Mercure hotel as we listened to, and interacted with, her excellently illustrated personal guide through a voyage of (self-) discovery. Modestly...

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