Everyone has a story to tell

We believe everyone has their own story. We all live unique lives and in doing so we experience things, sometimes worth noting and at other times best forgetting.
To a writer, however, it is all worth remembering. Observing and recording the detail. It’s the good and the bad, the wonderful and the painful that makeup all our daily lives. When writing takes a hold of you, you have to create reality by showing both sides of your story.
If you want to write and to meet others who have the same interest then take the bold step of contacting us. Please note we are not all expert writers. We are a very mixed group with poets, short story and budding novelists. You don’t have to be academically qualified you just have to want to write.

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February 1st – The Art of Sonnet Writing

Tonight’s meeting was a lesson on Sonnet Writing delivered by Mr Marc Sherland. Mark who is current chairman of The Scottish Association of Writers delivered an inspiring workshop for the members.

The workshop enlightened the members of the various types of sonnets over the centuries and how each style had developed to where we are today.
The members […]

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January 11th – Treasures of the McLean Museum

An insight into the working of the McLean Museum was the topic delivered by Curator Val Boa.

Val explained the history of Greenock’s Museum covering artefacts and different time periods throughout history.

She brought some comic relief with her descriptions of the many stuffed animals that once adorned the walls and which were now thankfully many of the […]

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November 23rd – Adjudication: Competition 2 Alex Meikle

Wednesday was adjudication night for competition 2 ‘Writing an Article for publication based on a Natural or Man-made disaster. Adjudicator Alex Meikle led the proceedings.

It was encouraging the ten entries were all good quality making it difficult for him as the adjudicator. He advised the members however when writing an article that a couple of […]

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November 9th – Action and Dialect Workshop

Tonight we started the evening of the presentation of prizes from our Classic Wester Competition. In first place was Ann Pettigrew with her harrowing story based on true events at ‘The Battle of Wounded Knee.’ Her story had the members on the edge of their seats. A very sad story beautifully written.

Second Place went to […]

By |November 15th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

October 26th – Ghosts, Ghouls and Scary Stories

The annual dress up night for members – Hallowe’en.

A fun evening was had by all as members read from their own written scary stories and also short pieces from horror writers down the centuries. A selection of poems ‘on the dark side’ were read out as each member round the table had their chance to […]

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October 5th – Teen Fiction and Classic Western submissions

After last week’s presentation on Teen Fiction this week presenter Colette Hannigan asked the members who had participated in the homework to present the characters they had created who would interest teens.

As we went round the members it was clear that our imaginations had been stirred by this genre. We had characters that were telekinetic, social […]

By |October 8th, 2016|Meeting Report, Uncategorised|0 Comments

September 28th – Teen Fiction and SAW Calendar

SAW Presentation
Our SAW (Scottish Association of Writers) representative, Lesley Holligan, gave the members an overview of SAW the organisation and the Calendar of events, competition and Annual Conference for the next twelve months.  There’s plenty of competitions to test out experienced and novice writers. The workshops at Annual Conference are worth going to as many […]

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September 21st – Writing for Success

It was a very busy evening tonight. Isobel, our Club Secretary, presented the rules to all members and visitors for Competition Entry. She pointed out the right and wrong ways to enter. Although not complicated she said it was important that all members follow our guidelines when submitting work for the competitions. A simple thing like […]

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April 27th – Annual Dinner

This year we celebrated our end of year with a meal at  Royal Gourock Yacht Club. A fun night was had by all. We had our meal in a private room to allow us as writers to read aloud some competition winning short stories.
Congratulations to all of the award-winners:
1st (and the Janetta Bowie Memorial Trophy): Anne Pettigrew
2nd: Helen […]

By |April 29th, 2016|Meeting Report, Uncategorised|0 Comments

February 24th – The Dragon’s Pen

Our annual visit into the Dragon’s Den….oops! I mean Dragon’s Pen.

SAW Scottish Association of Writers (our national body) started this competition a couple of years ago. We followed on by adopting it locally and now we are in our second year.

Presented by Franziska Kerber and Isobel Watt they took all members through the process for […]

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