Erskine Writers had a very interesting visit recently from a couple of committee members of the SAW: Marc Sherland, President and Jen Butler, Secretary. Many changes are afoot for the annual weekend conference in March 2014, not least the new venue at the Westerwood Hotel near Cumbernauld. To reflect the change of venue and committee, some alterations have been made to the schedule and it all looks very exciting. If anyone is interested in attending the weekend, you can find details on the SAW website. You must be a member of an affiliated writing group in Scotland, and some groups offer a postal membership of their club.
On Saturday, the SAW tried another new venture by having a Writers' Day up in Inverness. I was honoured to be a speaker at the event (on e-publishing) and can testify to the success of the day. It gave many writers from the north of the country a chance to take part in a couple of competitions and to attend workshops and talks. The committee members are to be commended for organising such a great event, including a delicious hot buffet lunch. The added bonus was the amazing Gothic style Town House where the event was held and the Lord Provost took some of us on a tour of parts of the building at the close. Winston Churchill even sat at the horseshoe-shaped table for a cabinet meeting in the past!
Thank you to the SAW for providing a very good organisation for writing clubs across Scotland. Remember the rules for booking your hotel room have changed slightly, so be sure to read the instructions carefully and remember to get your novel entries in by the end of November.