Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Success at the SAW Conference

Members of Erskine Writers have just come back from the wonderful Scottish Association of Writers annual weekend conference. The new venue at the Westerwood Hotel was a great success; the speakers, adjudications and workshops were interesting and informative and the competitions had even more entries than usual.

Wilma, Marc and Kathleen
Elizabeth, Kate and Joan

One of the pleasures of the weekend is meeting writers from all over Scotland. Each year sees old acquaintances renewed and new friends introduced. As well as a huge number of competitions open to those attending, the weekend is filled with fun, laughter and good food, while delegates gain new knowledge, information and advice on everything to do with writing.

Victoria with Michael Malone and Bill Kirton

Marjory, Hilary and Morag

Bill D, Jenny, Bill K, Rosemary

Erskine Writers' members once again proved their abilities on gaining the most amount of success as a group second overall to one very much larger writing group. Kathleen, Wilma and Rosemary were delighted to take part in Morag Moffat's powerful winning drama sketch on the Sunday. One of the best innovations this year was the Dragon's Pen session before the conference closed, where eight finalists had to pitch their book in only three minutes to a panel of three publishers. Fantastic presentations and book ideas!

The Erskine Writers' Successes are as follows:

Morag Moffat
Winner of Drama Sketch
Commended in Book Review
Commended in Under 7s

Wilma Ferguson
2nd in Under 7s
Highly Commended in Women's Short Story

Myra Duffy
3rd in Romance Novel (Pitlochry Award)

Victoria Gemmell
3rd in Poetry

Jenny Harper
3rd in General Novel

Andrina Connell
Commended in Jeanetta Bowie Non-Fiction Book

Bill Daly
Highly Commended in Article
Commended in Flash Fiction

Rosemary Gemmell adjudicated the Pitlochry Award and Marc Sherland is President of the SAW. Michael Malone is Vice-president and Bill Kirton adjudicated the Article Competition.

We're all looking forward to next year's conference!


Cathie said...

Congratulations to all of you! Really sorry to have missed it especially since it was at new venue.
Write On and On and ON..

Joan Fleming said...

Well done Erskine Writers!