The 46th conference of the Scottish Association of Writers took place at the Westerwood Hotel Cumbernauld over the weekend of 27th to 29th March. The basic format was similar to previous years but the current committee had tweaked the programme to add some innovative features; there was an increased number of workshops giving a wider variety of topics for attendees.
On arrival on the Friday the hotel was buzzing with activity with delegates checking in and last minute arrangements being made. Having settled into our rooms, we had to look carefully at the programme and decide what workshops we wanted to attend. The subjects covered were novel writing, short-story writing, poetry, articles and drama – there are always very knowledgeable speakers and, irrespective of your experience as a writer, there is always something to learn.
A big part of the weekend is the adjudication of the competitions. Our Chairperson, Alison, had a good weekend in that respect; she came second in the ‘Castles in the Air’ short story competition, third in the Women’s Short Story category and received commendations for her article entry and for her one-act play.
The weekend was excellent. It was the second year that it has been held in the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld and yet again we were really well looked after. I do hope that a few more of our members will attend next year – it’s a worthwhile experience.