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Why I Joined


"I joined Ayr Writers’ Club because I knew I had a lot to learn about how to write. Since joining in 2016, I’ve found friendship, support and confidence. I’ve had successes in national competitions and I’m working on a novel, none of which I would have achieved without Ayr Writers’ Club."


"Feedback, encouragement and deadlines: I needed them all to maintain some momentum for my writing after moving up to Scotland over eight years ago. On its website, Ayr Writers’ Club appeared to offer it all, with a diverse programme, a range of competitions and members who were willing to share their experience and advice. Here was the chance to write outside my comfort zone. The club hasn’t failed to deliver."


"I joined 'Ayr Writers' Club' to learn how to be a better writer and, with a story in my head, it was the best thing that I could have done. With Guest Speakers, Workshops, Feedback Nights and so much more, this group of friendly, like-minded people has helped to provide the knowledge, inspiration and motivation to succeed. If you want to be a writer, come and join Ayr Writers' Club."


"I wanted to join the club for years, however, I never quite got there! The fact that I am able to participate online as well is wonderful. I appreciate the comments given by club members and I enjoy reading what they have written. I have had lots of ‘verse’ published over the years (I don’t presume that it is poetry, as some of it was nonsense)."


"I joined Ayr Writers’ Club in 2010 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Having known of the club’s existence for many years, I finally plucked up the courage to walk through the door, and found a very warm welcome. What’s good about the club? – ENCOURAGEMENT – to be adventurous and try something new. VARIETY – no two weeks are ever the same. INSPIRATION – from hearing invited speakers, or from other members’ successes."

Maggie M

“New things can be scary, but you put on your grown-up pants, take a deep breath, and jump in. This was me in January 2020, walking into my first Ayr Writers’ session. I’ve never regretted it. The welcome is as high as the talent in the club, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a published author or a novice; there’s something here for you. I joined to improve my poetry skills. Yes, that has happened, but I’ve also discovered a joy (and a little talent) in writing flash fiction and children’s short stories too. If writing is your thing, don’t waste another Wednesday just thinking about it, Ayr Writers’ Club has a seat waiting for you.”


"Being a member of AWC has been extremely beneficial. Not just for the sound and supportive advice given on my writing, but also for the many friends I have made over the years."


"I first attended the club as a guest on success night, over 20 years ago. I intended writing for children but followed club advice to try all genres. My first success was an article that went on to be published twice after advice from other members on target publications. Writers are the most generous of beings, happy to share success and encourage others to target the same markets. I may dabble in other genres but non-fiction is my favourite."


"I joined the club for help on writing my novel and to meet other like-minded people. I’ve learned much more than I signed up for and met some lovely new friends. The club is good fun, with helpful workshops, and has a good selection of speakers. In addition, it has very supportive members who encourage all to become published writers."


"I was very impressed by the programme. It happened to be Crime Month with speaker, Alex Gray, one week and two ex-police Serious Crime Officers, the next. I was hooked, not only by the very useful insights gained for writing, but also the friendly welcome of inclusion. I officially joined AWC the following season."


" I joined the club to – further explore my love of writing, hopefully improve my skills, meet others with the same objectives and, at the same time, have fun. I started writing in 2008 and had a lot to learn. I look forward in particular to the club’s workshops and speakers’ evenings. "