Erskine Writers Draft Syllabus 2018/2019 Last updated 31 May 2018.
(Anything shown between brackets will appear on the Blog/Website but NOT on the printed card).
2018-2019 Meetings at Bargarran Community Centre, Erskine Tuesdays 1.30-3.30 pm
11 Sep WELCOME + Guide to the Year Ahead.
Achilles Heel 1000 words + OM (Fees due)
18 Workshop – – Children’s Fiction 5-7 yrs. Paul Bristow. – [AH]
(Chaired by Elizabeth)
25 Workshop - Home Publishing – Pete Marrison + OM
(Methods of printing and binding your stories at home for low volume distribution/gifts)
(Bring £10 deposit for Annual Dinner)
2 Oct DEADLINE – Children’s Fiction 5-7 yrs. (AH) + OM
9 Workshop – Poetry - Maggi Gibson.
16 Workshop - Could do better – Elizabeth Gillespie + OM (School Holiday)
(Two existing short stories for us to comment on and suggest improvements)
(Bring remaining £15 for Annual Dinner)
23 ANNUAL DINNER - 3pm.
Ingliston Country Club (https://ingliston.com/)
Poem or 500 words re “1918”
Adjudication & Readings of Children’s Fiction 5 – 7 yrs.
30 DEADLINE – Poetry - max 2 entries, max 40 lines – [BM] + OM
6 Nov Workshop “Prompts”. Hilary Stevenson
13 Workshop - Woman’s Short Story . Betty McKay - Quaich
20 Adjudication and Readings of Poetry. Workshop – Sci Fi / Fantasy - Billy Thomson.
27 DEADLINE – Woman’s Short Story 2000 words – Quaich.
Talk – What’s on the shelves – Caron McPherson – Waterstones.
4 Dec Bring modernised characters and setting of any Xmas carol or song. Poem or 500 words
11 MINCE PIES. 1 pm.
(Bring ONE Christmas Card with home made greeting to be randomly distributed).
8 Jan 2019 Adjudication and Readings of Woman’s Short Story + OM
15 Workshop – Greetings Card Market – Wilma Ferguson. + OM
(Wilma to bring pictures)
22 Workshop -Join the Cuttings – Hilary Stevenson + OM
(Make up one story from several newspaper cuttings provided on the day)
29 Workshop – Article – [EBH] (Presenter/adjudicator needed.)
5 Feb Workshop – Memorable Openings - Diana Devlin. + OM
12 Bring Dear John Letter 500 words. + OM (School Holiday)
(A letter to a potential ex-friend or partner.)
19 DEADLINE – Article [EBH] + OM
26 Recycled Nursery Rhyme 500 Words + OM
(Nursery Rhyme in modern setting, different ending, characters from wrong rhyme etc)
5 Mar Workshop – Stand and Deliver – Joyce Ward TBC
(How to project yourself and your material)
12 Bring Radio Advert for St Patrick’s day Event. 60 seconds or 150 words + OM
19 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
26 Adjudication and Readings of Article
SAW Feedback + Syllabus Suggestions
(2nd April and 9th April School Holidays)
16 Apr Talk – Marketing – Rosemary Gemmell - TBC:
23 Bring Monologue – “You missed yourself.” 500 words
(One person telling a friend about an event that the other person unfortunately missed.)
30 Syllabus Approval + OM
7 May Workshop – Using Dialogue – Wilma Ferguson. + OM
(Add dialogue, show, don’t tell.) (School Holiday)
14 Who done it? – Guess the author – Bring one of your stories or poems. + OM
(Stories randomly circulated and read. Comment and guess who wrote them.)
21 GARDEN PARTY AND PRIZE GIVING 12.30 pm.
For Sep 10 – 1000 words – ‘MISSING’.
OM Open manuscripts
TBC To be confirmed
AH Albert Hammond Trophy
EBH Erskine Bridge Hotel Cup
BM Betty Munnoch Award