Draft Syllabus 2018-9



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

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