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 make up 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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1105, 2017

May 5th – Annual Dinner / Adjudication of Competition 6 (Short Story – Crime Thriller)

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Meeting Report|

The Greenock Writer’s Club drew to its summer close with the traditional annual dinner. This year we once again returned to the Royal Yacht Club in Gourock.

After a very pleasant meal the guest adjudicator Michael Malone revealed the winners of the final competition as detailed below.

1st Place ‘Lucille’ by Anthony Watt.

2nd Place ‘The Fat Lady’ by Morris Lindsay.

3rd Place ‘ The Legacy ‘ by Ann Pettigrew.

Commendation was also awarded to ‘Secrets from Ancient History ‘ by Helen Hefferman.

 

1005, 2017

April 26th – Murder Mystery Night

By |May 10th, 2017|Categories: Meeting Report|

This week saw Leslie Holligan host a wild west themed, hoot of a murder mystery night.

Leslie had done her preparations well and the previous week had asked willing participants to turn up in appropriate fancy dress. The club members did not disappoint and from Calamity Jane to Wyatt Earp there was no shortage of wigs, cowboy hats and guns. The abundance of fake moustaches was a wonder to behold (and that was just among the women). Sitting next to a very convincing Doc Holiday (aka John McLean) I did feel relived when the fake guns were handed in to […]

1804, 2017

April 12th – The Company of Critics: Peer Assessment of Work

By |April 18th, 2017|Categories: Meeting Report|

The object of this weeks activities was to improve the quality of the groups writing via peer assessment. Club members were invited to bring along a short piece of their work (less than 1000 words) which could be either poetry or prose in order for their fellow members to provide some useful criticism.

Participation was on an entirely voluntary basis. Groups of three or four were set up where each member got the opportunity to read and critique the work of the other group members. In order to make this as positive an experience as possible the criticism involved stating what […]

104, 2017

March 22nd – Adjudication: Competition 5

By |April 1st, 2017|Categories: Meeting Report|

This week featured the adjudication of the sonnet writing competition with guest adjudicator Marc Sherland, the current president of the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW).

Marc, a man of many waistcoats, did not disappoint either sartorially or in the expert and constructive criticism he delivered to the assembled company of sonnet writers. He began with a few general but salient points for anyone writing poetry to competition standards so it is worthwhile recapping them here.

Poetry should not be double spaced.

It should be left aligned.

No capitals (at the start of a line) unless it is a new sentence.

The title should not give […]

1303, 2017

March 8th – Licence To Thrill: Writing Crime Fiction

By |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Meeting Report|

This week the club were given a master-class in the do’s and don’ts of writing crime fiction with guest speaker Alex Meikle.

Alex knows his stuff having already self published a couple of thrillers and provided an excellent talk on the genre with lots of advice. To begin with he came up with a useful suggestion for anyone contemplating writing a novel, of whatever genre. This was to identify whether you (the writer) were a ‘plotter’ or a ‘pantser’ (not sure how you spell that). A ‘plotter’ is one who plots out the structure of the novel in great detail before […]

303, 2017

March 1st – European Monarchy Adjudication

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Always an exciting evening when there’s an adjudication. Members enjoyed the comments from Adjudicator Gail Ward who wasn’t there in person but represented by Collette.

The stories were wide ranging and each one interesting and informative. The winners will be published soon.

 

2402, 2017

22nd February – Digital Publishing

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Tonight presentation was on Digital Publishing. Members were given a walk through of how they could easily publish their work online using services such as KDP Amazon or Ingram Spark.

Presented my member Grahame Anderson the evening raised more questions that it answered.

Overall an education into why local writers should empower themselves and get their work published.

1702, 2017

February 15th – Inspiring Poetry

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: Meeting Report|

This week the club had the pleasure of Jim Carruth (Poet laureate of Glasgow) talking about his career in poetry.

The evening featured Jim’s latest work ‘Killochries’ a verse novella published by Freight (2015). This was a collection of poems that formed a narrative about the a young man from the city who is ‘burned out’ and goes to work on a remote sheep farm of a relative for 12 months. The old farmer, who has never left the hills, doesn’t care for the modern world and treats the young man with taciturn indifference. At first the young man is repelled […]

1002, 2017

February 8th – Poems For Pleasure

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: Meeting Report|

This week involved club members in discovering the pleasure and delight to be had from poetry. David McKelvie (our clubs accomplished treasurer) gave an extremely in-depth presentation on the many aspects of poetry. Four double sided, detailed pages of hand-outs were provided!

David began at the beginning, with nursery rhymes. This is probably most peoples first encounter with poetry. David engaged the club members with a fun exercise of fixing misquoted nursery rhymes. It was amazing to see how many of us remembered these. This was followed by a second exercise where (given the first line of a hymn) we had […]

302, 2017

February 1st – The Art of Sonnet Writing

By |February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

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 thoroughly enjoyed the evening and Marc’s enthralling lecture. There was some ‘on the spot’ sonnet writing which Marc judged and advised the members accordingly.

He finished the evening with a challenge to the members – to write a sonnet on Mr Trump – controversial.