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Full House at Pat’s Pad – 30 May 2018

Q: How many writers does it take to fill Pat’s living room? A: A whopping sixteen – including our generous host herself. Actually, we were extremely fortunate the first AWC summer Readaround of 2018 didn’t take place on Pat’s sun-drenched driveway, thanks to a delayed French flight. But our intrepid host made it to her ain pairty by the skin of her teeth, tanking home from the airport to find...

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Glad rags, gongs and gavels: Annual Awards Dinner – 9 May 2018

While the Oscars, the BAFTAs and even the Nobel Prize for Literature might be mired in controversy, the club’s Annual Awards Dinner for 2018 stood proud and unblemished. A groaning table of trophies The Savoy Park Hotel fed a clutch of local writers all hungry to share and celebrate their successes. With certificates a-plenty awarded to those whose writing merited commendations, third and...

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An AGM? Res ipsa loquitor – 2 May 2018

How do you assess the health of a club that has been running for nearly 50 years? Our club’s Annual General Meeting last week may have provided a few indicators. In the first instance, approaching thirty members turned out for a gathering that could hardly claim to be the most alluring of our weekly meetings. There was still however the usual buzz and exchange of stories that precedes most...

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The Journey Towards Good Travel Writing – 18 April 2018

Nigel Ward’s travel writing workshop was, as expected, entertaining and informative but definitely not for slackers! There was much furious scribbling going on. As one member said, because of other commitments, this was the first actual writing she had done in months. After a brief flow-writing exercise, Nigel gave us many useful tips and ideas such as the ‘nut-graph’. That is...

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Such talent from Ayr Writers – 11 April 2018

We had a good turnout for our read-a-round evening on 11 April, with four groups enthusiastically discussing the pieces submitted for scrutiny. For those of you who don’t know what these evenings consist of, the instructions tell us to bring along four copies of a piece of prose or poetry no longer than 1,000 words. The pieces are anonymous and usually each group of reviewers does not read their...

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Oh What a Night: AWC Really SAW Success – 28 March 2018

Once again the members of Ayr Writers’ Club who entered work in the Scottish Association of Writers competitions did the club proud, amassing no less than a dozen accolades. A success night was held on 28 March to showcase their winning pieces. First up was Greta Yorke who won 1st place with her children’s self published book Tartan Witch, a delightful and practical tale of finding a way to...

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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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