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Programme 2021-22


7 Sep | Welcome, Introductions, Discussion
Discuss the new programme
Readings of summer work
21 Sep | Workshop on Flash Fictiona
Led by Katie Ogston
5 Oct | Club Night1
Murder Mystery
Closing date for Flash Fictiona Competition
19 Oct | Critique Night2
No theme
2 Nov | Flash Fictiona Competition Adjudication
Karen Jones
Closing date for Poetry Competition
16 Nov | Club Night1
Climate Change
7 Dec | Poetry Competition Adjudication
Jim Mackintosh
21 Dec | Silent Auction
Workshop "Five Minute's Scribbling"
Helen Welsh


4 Jan | Club Night1
"You'll never believe this..."
18 Jan | Critique Night2
No theme
Closing date for Olive Lawrie Short Storyb Competition
1 Feb | Club Night1
"Love is..."
15 Feb | Olive Lawrie Short Storyb Adjudication
Moira McPartlin
1 Mar | Critique Night2
No theme
15 Mar | Workshop
Writing Humour
William Duguid
Closing date for President’s Prize
5 Apr | President’s Prize Announcement
19 Apr | AGM
26 Apr | Annual Meal
3 May | Stovie Night
East Inchmichael

Competitions 2021-22

Flash Fictiona
Topic of own choice; max 350 words
Deadline: 5 October
Result: 2 November
Adjudicator: Karen Jones
Topic of own choice; max 40 lines
Deadline: 2 November
Result: 7 December
Adjudicator: Jim Mackintosh
Olive Lawrie Trophy: Short Storyb
Topic of own choice; max 2500 words
Deadline: 18 January
Result: 14 February
Adjudicator: Moira McPartlin
President's Prize: Article
Topic of own choice; max 1500 words
Deadline: 15 March
Result: 5 April
Adjudicator: William Duguid


1 Club Night
Prose (maximum 750 words) or poetry (maximum 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. It’s not obligatory to bring a piece of work.
2 Critique Night
Prose (or poetry), maximum 750 words (line number to be agreed) to read to the group. Time is allowed after each piece for comments to be made. The writer may wish to point out aspects of their piece that they’d like comments on specifically. Please bring a minimum of 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. It’s not obligatory to bring a piece of work.
a Flash Fiction
A story that’s 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 – and often what’s hinted at is as important as what’s explicitly described.
b Short Story
In general, it‘s 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.