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Programme 2019-20


3 Sep | Welcome, Introductions, Discussion
A look ahead to the year's programme
Readings of summer/other work
17 Sep | Workshop on Critiquing
Led by Stuart Wardrop
1 Oct | Visit of Falkirk Writers Circle
"Memorable Journey"
Closing date for Poetry competition
15 Oct | Club Night
3-5 minute Sketch.
5 Nov | Poetry Competition Adjudication
Sandra Ireland
Closing date for Flash Fiction competition
19 Nov | Critique Night
No theme
3 Dec | Flash Fiction Adjudication
Gillian Duff
17 Dec | Silent Auction
Workshop on Poetry led by Margaret Gillies Brown


7 Jan | Critique Night
No theme
21 Jan | Club Night
Closing date for Olive Lawrie Short Story Competition
4 Feb | Club Night
"Science Fiction"
18 Feb | Olive Lawrie Adjudication
3 Mar | Workshop
Closing date for President’s Prize
17 Mar | Club Night
"Past Times"
7 Apr | President’s Prize announcement
21 Apr | AGM
28 Apr | Annual Meal
5 May | Stovie Night
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Competitions 2019-20

Topic of own choice; max 40 lines
Deadline: 1 October
Result: 5 November
Adjudicator: Sandra Ireland
Flash Fiction
Topic of own choice; max 350 words
Deadline: 5 November
Result: 3 December
Adjudicator: Gillian Duff
Olive Lawrie Trophy: Short Story
"An open door"; max 2500 words
Deadline: 21 January
Result: 18 February
Adjudicator: SAW
President's Prize: Short Story
Topic of own choice; max 2500 words
Deadline: 3 March
Result: 7 April
Adjudicator: Stuart Wardrop


Club Night
Prose (or poetry), maximum 750 words (line number to be 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.
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.
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.
Short Story
This can take many forms and there are several exceptions to any possible description. 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.