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Ayr Writers’ Club Embrace Their Inner Child – 24 February 2021

On Wednesday evening, Ayr Writers’ Club were treated to a workshop run by our very own Janice Johnston. Janice joined the Club in the mid-’90s, serving as both Treasurer and President on more than one occasion. She is currently SAW Competition Secretary and has had many writing successes, writing for BBC radio in the forms… Read More »Ayr Writers’ Club Embrace Their Inner Child – 24 February 2021

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction* – Bringing the Past to Life – Non-Fiction Workshop with Carolyn O’Hara – 17 February 2021

Carolyn O’Hara’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for historical non-fiction writing brought our screens to life, guiding a busy Zoom session of nineteen participants through her Bringing the Past to Life workshop. A talented poet and non-fiction writer, with articles published in a variety of magazines (Scottish Memories, Highlander and Best of British) Carolyn has also… Read More »Truth is Stranger Than Fiction* – Bringing the Past to Life – Non-Fiction Workshop with Carolyn O’Hara – 17 February 2021

Grab yourself a journalist: self-publishing and self-promotion with Ken McGaffin and John Crowley – 27 January 2021

A.W.C. was treated to a highly enjoyable and informative evening as our own Ken McGaffin and journalist John Crowley shared their expertise. Co-authors of their, soon to be published A Digital PR Recipe Book  (tip number one there, by the way – start promoting your work before it’s finished) they gave us a wealth of… Read More »Grab yourself a journalist: self-publishing and self-promotion with Ken McGaffin and John Crowley – 27 January 2021

Subverting the obvious from Tuscany to the bathroom: Writing for children with Linda Strachan – 20 January 2021

To do justice to the wealth of advice and ideas Linda Strachan shared with the assembled Zoom Squares on Wednesday evening it would simply require a transcript. Alternately, you could buy her 2019 title Guide to Writing for Children and YA (Go on, I’m sure you got some book tokens for Christmas). The pearls and… Read More »Subverting the obvious from Tuscany to the bathroom: Writing for children with Linda Strachan – 20 January 2021

An evening with Henry Bell: biographer, poet, editor – 13 January 2021

Ken McGaffin, committee member and moderator for the evening, gave a warm and enthusiastic introduction for Henry Bell: the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Gutter magazine, widely published poet and most recently a successful biographer. The evening was organised in two parts, the first an exploration of Bell’s biography – John Maclean, Hero of Red Clydeside.… Read More »An evening with Henry Bell: biographer, poet, editor – 13 January 2021

‘Twas the night before Christmas: a Party and Awards Evening – 9 December 2020

Gathered round our screens, we waited for the Sanquhar Santa (aka Jeanette our President) to read us a story, to give us some cheer, to reassure us about whichever Covid Christmas ghost might haunt our festive prospects. Instead, we were encouraged to time-shift – between a balmy May evening and driech gloomy one of mid-December.… Read More »‘Twas the night before Christmas: a Party and Awards Evening – 9 December 2020

Poetically Performing Spoken Theatre, with Jenny Lindsay – 2 December 2020

There was a good turn-out for this extremely lively, entertaining and (exercise-wise) challenging talk by Jenny Lindsay. As one of Scotland’s best known spoken words performers and winner this year of a prestigious John Byrne award for critical thinking (the only award she has ever won, she told us modestly), she had plenty to impart.… Read More »Poetically Performing Spoken Theatre, with Jenny Lindsay – 2 December 2020