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Programme 2023-24


5 Sep | Welcome, Introductions, Discussion
Discuss the new programme
Readings of summer work
19 Sep | Workshop on Critiquinga
Led by Stuart Wardrop
3 Oct | Club Night1
Visit of Falkirk - Memories are made of this
Closing date for Flash Fictiona Competition
17 Oct | Critique Night2
7 Nov | Flash Fictiona Competition Adjudication
Janet McKenzie
Closing date for Poetry Competition
21 Nov | Club Night1
Image Inspiration
5 Dec | Poetry Competition Adjudication
Patricia Ace
19 Dec | Silent Auction
Followed by workshop - 50:50
Led by William Duguid


9 Jan | Club Night1
Fantastic Voyage
23 Jan | Critique Night2
No theme
Closing date for Olive Lawrie Short Storyb Competition
6 Feb | Club Night1
3-5 minute sketch
20 Feb | Olive Lawrie Short Storyb Adjudication
Helen Grant
5 Mar | Club Night1
Secrets and Lies
19 Mar | Workshop
Creating Characters
Led by Andrew Whyte
Closing date for Presidentís Prize
2 Apr | Presidentís Prize Announcement
16 Apr | AGM
30 April | Annual Meal

Competitions 2023-24

Flash Fictiona
Topic of own choice; max 350 words
Deadline: 3 October
Result: 7 November
Adjudicator: Janet McKenzie
Topic of own choice; max 40 lines
Deadline: 7 November
Result: 5 December
Adjudicator: Patricia Ace
Olive Lawrie Trophy: Short Storyb
Topic of own choice; max 2500 words
Deadline: 23 January
Result: 20 February
Adjudicator: Helen Grant
President's Prize: Article
First chapter of a novel - any genre; max 1500 words
Deadline: 19 March
Result: 2 April
Adjudicator: William Duguid


1 Club Night
Prose (up to 750 words) or poetry (up to 40 lines), or otherwise agreed, to read to the group. The purpose of providing a theme is to set the challenge of writing on a specific topic. Alternatively, members may bring any other piece of work, for example part of a bigger piece of writing within the word limit.
2 Critique Night
Prose (or poetry), maximum 750 words (line number to be agreed) to read out. Time is allowed for post-reading discussion. The writer may request feedback on something specific. Bring eight copies to be handed out prior to reading. As well as giving verbal comments, members may wish to write brief comments on the piece before handing it back.
a Flash Fiction
A story thatís extremely concisely told, but is still clearly a story, with a conflict or situation to be resolved, character and plot development and an effective ending. Since the writer has few words available, every single one needs to count Ė and often whatís hinted at is as important as whatís explicitly described.
b Short Story
In general, itĎs a piece of fiction that can be read, or listened to, in a fairly short sitting. It will have a recognisable beginning, middle and end, making use of setting, plot, character and conflict to lead the reader satisfyingly through each stage. It will normally have only one point of view.