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Notes on Writing Memoir – Dorothy

Memoir Workshop *** Writing memoir is said to have two elements- recollection and truth and both of these can present difficulties for us. Many people say that they can’t remember much before the age of 20, 10, 5 or whatever, some go as far as to say that they have no memories going that far back at all. It’s almost as if they imagine that their memories are stored in a paper bag that can tear...

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Winning entry in Memoir – Dorothy Gallagher

Then One Day…   Then one day, it all changed Aunt Kathleen turned her head slowly from side to side, but her eyes didn’t move. They remained trained on the image in the gilt-framed mirror on our lounge wall. If she knew that I was there, watching, then she gave no sign of it; I was not acknowledged, unlike the coy beauty that half smiled back at her. She swivelled slightly, her sharp...

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Winning Entry in the 2012-13 Club Competition for 1st 3000 words of a Novel

One Silent Voice by Pat Young – he, who says nothing, has most to tell –   DORDOGNE, FRANCE. NOVEMBER Don’t know how long I’ve been up here. Doesn’t matter. Nobody knows where I am. Nobody cares. I’ve imagined this day a million times, thought I’d be ready. I knew what Dad was going to tell me this morning. I really did, even before he started to speak. Didn’t expect the words...

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AWC Winner Book Review 2012-13

Review Peter May The Lewis Man (The Lewis Trilogy) Quercus 2012 ISBN 978 0 85738 220 7 £12.99 Hb 443pp   A body is found, buried in a peat bog where it was hoped nobody would ever find it. A young man brutally murdered. DNA testing provides a clue to the victim’s identity. And with this, a suspect is established. But the suspect is an old man, a family man now firmly in the grip of...

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Club competitions

During the year we have nine competitions that all club members can enter. These are listed here. Some club competitions are similar to S.A.W. competitions, and you may wish to use the same entry for both. Entry dates fall on club meeting nights, when the competition secretary is on hand to process the manuscripts. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you should e-mail a .pdf version of your...

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Spit and Polish

Style Tips by Ann Burnett Avoid clichés like the plague! Do not use hackneyed phrases like ‘at this point in time’, ‘like a bat out of hell,’ ‘a bed of roses’, ‘as fresh as a daisy.’ Try to find a new way of saying the same thing. It makes for much more interesting writing. For example, the winning simile in a radio competition described a large lady wearing white trousers as having ‘buttocks...

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Presentation

There are certain demands editors place on writers as regards the presentation of a manuscript and these we have to follow. More importantly, however is the need to present a professional looking document which the editor (or whoever) will find clear and easy to read. Download this PDF for tips on presentation, by Ann Burnett Word...

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