There be dragons at Ayr Writers’ Club

From left to right Ann Burnett, Dorothy Gallagher, Michael J Malone and Pat Young.
From left to right Ann Burnett, Dorothy Gallagher, Michael J Malone and Pat Young.

The Ayr Writers’ Club offers a wide variety of writing activities. Between now and May there will be workshops on writing true crime, poetry, children’s plays and short stories.

Speakers include Douglas Skelton, Rab Wilson and Malcolm McGonigle. The AWC has an active membership with a number of talented young writers.

At a recent meeting eight brave souls faced up to Dragons in an event called ‘Dragon’s Pen’. In front of the club members the eloquent eight made a pitch for their books, trying to convince the Dragons that their book was destined to be the next bestseller. The writers had three minutes to ‘sell’ their idea.

The audience enjoyed pitches for tales of fairies to crime and romance. The Dragons eventually chose Dorothy Gallagher’s novel ‘One Million Chances’ as the winner. Kirsty Wyllie was commended for the confident style in which she pitched her book ‘The Winter Fairy’ that is now available on Kindle.

AWC members have had significant successes in 2014 including Greta Yorke, who is a member of the Litereight published writing group, had a monologue broadcast on BBC radio Scotland. Members of the AWC were awarded first prizes in the poetry and prose competitions at The Imprint Awards. Former president Michael J Malone will launch his new novel ‘Beyond The Rage’ in February.

If your organisation would like members of the AWC to provide a talk or read from their work contact Rhona Anderson through the website or use the Facebook page. Meetings that are held at the Carlton Hotel, Prestwick each Wednesday from 7.15pm to 9.30pm. An E-membership is also available.