Ghosts, Invisibility and the Spectre of a Certain Mr. D Trump – 11 November 2020

The second club night of the 2020-2021 season proved that Ayr Writers’ Club members’ pens and fertile imagination are always at the ready. Jeanette launched us off with a selection of ‘what if?’ writing prompts. The first one was What if you could go forward to the end of 2021. What has changed?             Interestingly, both Nigel and Matthew took the view that, in the case of a certain...

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Mining the facts: articles and non-fiction with Donald Reid – 4 November 2020

On Wednesday twenty of us gathered by Zoom to hear Donald Reid’s talk. I didn’t know what he was going to tell us except that it was related to writing non-fiction. However I ended up with seven pages of notes, because he provided so much information on topics he is passionate about. Donald retired after a career in the police force in Ayrshire and around Glasgow. He began writing in 1993 and so...

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Title-less tales and twisting plots: an autumnal Readaround – 28 October 2020

‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans’ said John Lennon. Certainly for myself, there has been plenty of ‘life’ happening when I was planning for a full year of AWC meetings. A brief reprieve allowed the chance to join the Autumn Readaround evening on Zoom. After everyone checked in with each other, Ajay gave his apologies as he had other...

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Fifty years, and still going strong; a celebration – 14 October 2020

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December” – J. M. Barrie I was aware of a buzz of ‘boxed’ excitement when I popped up in the virtual gathering of Ayr Writers’ Club members on Wednesday night. As the club continues meeting, through this extraordinary 50th year, this was to be a special one, a nostalgic one, a celebratory one, listening to the words and wisdom of our two...

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Letting it escape into the big wide world: novel writing workshop with Jennifer West – 7 October 2020

Wednesday evening arrived with its now familiar online AWC session over Zoom. As usual, I was frantically logging onto my laptop at 19.28 for the 19.30 start, noting as I did that it was already dark outside. Those nocturnal Autumn spirits obviously had some effect on me, as part way through the evening, I found myself giggling at my own scribbles and offering to write this week’s blog! (FYI, I...

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Let’s Breakout the Babycham and Feedback! – 30 September 2020

Eleven AWC members logged in, from the comfort of their living rooms or studies, to our first socially distant feedback night – plus Carrie who Zoomed in from a sun-kissed tropical beach; palm trees wafting in the breeze, waves rolling onto golden sand behind her. Eleven jaws dropped in astonishment. But all was not what it seemed. Who knew you could choose a virtual background to add some va va...

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A Burgling We Will Go: club night visitors – 23 September 2020

Writers’ Club members are taking to the new Zoom format like the proverbial water-fowl. Session 2 of the new season was a club night, in which we did what writers are supposed to do ie. WRITE. Jeanette set us an exercise which involved describing the room we were in from the viewpoint of four different characters – quite appropriate for the Zoom situation as we are obviously, all in different...

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Zoom in for the opener – 16 September 2020

Welcome to the 2020/21 Ayr Writers’ Club season! Opening night went without a hitch on the first of our LIVE Zoom sessions. This year’s President, Jeanette, warmly welcomed us and introduced readings from an array of 2019/20 successful writing pieces throughout the evening. Committee members were also on hand to guide us through the changes in how we are going to proceed and all the...

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