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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As summer and Readarounds end … 2 September 2020

For this evening Ajay had matched us all up with characters from the plays of The Bard himself. Nothing personal in it, he assured us, even where Lady Macbeth was concerned … We kicked off with another instalment from Anne’s novel, working title A proper sinner. She wanted our feedback on the setting of Riverbank Lodge and the dialogue centring around Detective Inspector Ogilvie’s...

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Peak Performances at Readaround – 19 August 2020

Apologies firstly because, although I endeavoured to record the evening, I should have written the blog on Thursday before life took over. (Note to self, procrastination is usually no use!) As seems to be the norm at this year’s Readaround sessions, there was a theme to the organisation of the evening. With Nigel hosting it wouldn’t be too big a stretch of the imagination to guess that members...

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