Scottish Association of Writers’ Poetry Wall Competition

The annual SAW Poetry Wall Competition, which is usually a fixed part of the Glasgow conference in March, has gone online this year. All affiliated SAW members (every member of Ayr Writers’ Club is automatically also an affiliated SAW member) are invited to submit up to 3 poems for inclusion on their 2020 Poetry Wall Competition online-wall (website page). They will be posted up and judged...

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Ayr Writers Excel at 2020 Scottish Association of Writers’ National Writing Awards

Such a lot to celebrate for the members of Ayr Writers’ Club this week, as the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) released, by video, the names of their prizewinning competitors – entrants in the 2020, annual, national, writing competitions. The SAW website, at 7.30 on the dot, was alight with a row of adjudicators, papers in hand, screens and webcams on, in a pre-recorded piece...

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Free Online Fiction Writing Course – 10 Minutes Writing A Day, For 100 Days

The 100 Day Writing Challenge is a free fiction writing course, by podcast. Each episode contains a 10 minute exercise, complete with timer, to help build your writing muscles, train you in different styles, and develop your confidence. There’s no homework, and you can complete the course at your own pace. The 100 Day Writing Challenge was made possible by the support of Arts Council England....

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Lou’s Family Blog

One of our very newest Ayr Writers’ Club members, Lou, moved to South Ayrshire from the Isle of Man only 18 months ago.  An avid writer from the earliest of school days, Lou has always ‘written things down’, be it through pen and paper, or computer and mouse. She has often found the drafting process to be quite therapeutic, that words came easy.  It was when her young son, Samuel, received a...

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Ayr Writers’ Club’s LiterEight Group are Invited Guest Speakers at Local Community Guild

Ayr Writers’ Club stalwarts, Fiona Aitchinson, Helena Sheridan, Janice Johnstone and Greta Yorke, four members of the acclaimed LiterEight writing group, were recently invited to speak at the local Guild of Holy Trinity Church, Cumnock. Sharing a broad selection of their writing and performing talents with an enthusiastic and welcoming guild audience, their twist-in-the-tale fictions,...

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Nigel Ward’s National Competition Win Featured in Scottish Mountaineer Magazine

Ayr Writers’ Club Treasurer, Nigel Ward, has climbed some mountains in his time – all of the 282 Munros in Scotland, for example – but, scrambling past his prose-writing peers to claim first prize in Mountaineering Scotland’s 2019 Writing Competition, was quite a feat. Mountaineering Scotland has held an annual UK-wide competition of creative writing for over 30 years....

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Swanwick Writers’ Summer School – 8-14 August 2020

Swanwick, as it is fondly known, is the world’s longest running week-long writers’ conference. It is set within the heart of Derbyshire, in the height of summer weeks. Booking is now open. Go right ahead. Or maybe you could win your way there through their yearly competitions – with a poem (40 lines), children’s fiction (1000 wds), or short story (1000 wds) The theme for...

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Aye Write Festival, Mitchell Library, Glasgow – 12-29 March 2020

Aye Write is back for 2020, from 12-29 March, with – fiction, politics, poetry, crime & thriller, memoir, history, music, and much much more. This year sees the return of Aye Write Introduces and The Books That Made Me, amongst another stellar line-up of authors, including – Maggie O’Farrell, Val McDermid, Joanna Trollope, Bake-Off’s Prue Leith, Strictly’s Anton...

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