A Fresh New Start – 7th September 2015*

Nineteen people attended our first meeting of the 2015/2016 season, and that included 3 new members (Frances, Carol and Bill). Alison welcomed all and gave out information about SAW’s Write Down South day in Wigtown on 31st October, and also about our Edinburgh Outing (using public transport) on 28th September. The challenge is to write something about Edinburgh – a poem, article or short story (this opens the exercise to members unable to go on the outing) which will be heard on RYOW day the following week.

She recommended the Falkirk Writers Tryst Seminar as an enjoyable day, attended in May this year by a few LWG members whose submissions for competitions were ‘placed’ by the adjudicators (see the Summer Pencil). Alison also talked about the Tidelines Book Festival in North Ayrshire with authors and poets at various venues. There is to be a crime-writing event at the Lounge in November that might be worth investigating.

A weekend at Glenburn Hotel in Rothesay was suggested as a ‘retreat’ 27th-29th November, with half-board, at only £69. Booking has to be made through Thomas Cook (or another) travel agent with Shearings.

Finally Alison mentioned a possible new LWG anthology in which members’ writing will be displayed; then before the break we sharpened our appetites with pencil-chewing, trying to solve word-puzzles.

We enjoyed more, after tea, the writing of flash fiction from a choice of four “what if?” subjects. Some imaginative creative writing was read out, which delighted everyone and set high standards for another year at our writing group.

*Apologies from the admin. I’ve not had a chance to update the page recently.

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