May 07

Writers and Artists How to Get Published Conference Part 2

Writers and Artists How to Get Published Conference Part 2Welcome to the second part of Nadine Little‘s blog about her time at Writers and Artists How to Get Published Conference. You can read part one of the blog here and read the second part below the break. We hope you enjoy!

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May 06

Writers and Artists How to Get Published Conference Part 1

Writers and Artists How to Get Published Conference Part 1Writers and Artists held in “how to get published” conference in York on 25th of March and our own Nadine Little went along and wrote a blog about her experiences. You’ll find part one below the break with part two being published shortly. We hope you enjoy!

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Apr 30

Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing WorkshopOn Saturday 13th May 2017 we are holding a morning creative writing workshop led by chair Stephen Shirres. The workshop is ideal for people who are looking to get into writing as well as those with a lot more experience. The day will be spent developing writing ideas from the initial thought to the basis of a poem or story. The aim is that at the end of the session you’ll have, at least, the start of a story or poem if not a first draft. Our venue will be Linlithgow Academy Library. More details, including a full address, can be found below the break. After the session we will be moving to the West Port Hotel to have a late lunch and continue the writing chat.

If you would like to attend this workshop please email us at WLWriters@gmail.com

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Jan 25

Clout the Cauldron

To celebrate Burns Night, we at West Lothian Writers would like to share with you Clout the Cauldron. Written in the style of Rabbie Burns, this poem by Sue Davies was first read out on BBC Radio Scotland almost twenty years ago on the 25th of January 1997. Click below the break to read Sue‘s work. We hope you enjoy the poem as much as we do.

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Jan 14

The Further From Poetry Slam

 

Ian Macartney will be headlining The Further From Poetry SlamWe have some very exciting news! Our own Ian Macartney will be headlining The Further From Poetry Slam this February alongside poetry greats Liz Lochead, Michael Pedersen, William Letford and Jenni Fagan.
The event is apart of the The Further From Festival taking place in Linlithgow on the 5th and 6th of February. You can find out full details about the show and how to get tickets below the break.

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Dec 25

1000 Words on Christmas

Every Christmas we ask our members to write 1000 Words on Christmas. Below is the Sue Davies‘ submission for this year’s Christmas meeting.

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Dec 14

Quick Tips for Creating Character

Quick Tips for Creating CharacterCreating characters is easy on one level. All you need is a name and some basic details such as gender, age etc. However, if you want them to resonate with your readers then they need to feel real. Today we are going at this using some quick tips from Bang2Write and Cut Scene Addict.

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Dec 13

WLW Meeting 08/12/2015

This week saw a turn out of nine people including a new member Margaret. Now we have two Margaret’s to go along with two Elizabeths! It was also great to welcome back David and Cheryl.

This Week’s News

Next week is our Christmas party so please bring along up to 1000 words on any topic you like that links to Christmas.

Talking of Christmas, Flash Fiction website Zero Flash are running a Christmas Competiton. They are wanting up to 300 words inspired by the video click above. More information can be found here.

West Lothian Council have approached West Lothian Writers asking us to take part in their Holocaust Memorial Day next year. If anyone is interested please email WLWriters@gmail.com to let us.

This Week’s Writing

  • A Christmas Story – A sci fiction story by Margaret Walker. On the eve of 2300 an alien spacecraft is brought to earth.
  • A Lunch To Remember – the second part of Norman’s short story. Brahams and Tchaikovsky sit down for lunch despite hating each other.
  • The Migrant – the opening to David’s story about the ongoing immigrant crisis going on in Europe. Ahmed arrives at the migrant camp in Calais
  • The Mountain Says No – the start of a story by Cheryl. Vic and Rick plan their trip up a mountain.
  • Fencing – a poem by Ian about his experiences of the sport of Fencing
  • Fridged – a piece of flash fiction by Stephen. Paul and his brother have an argument in a car after the death of Paul’s wife.

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Nov 29

What You Learn From Writing Flash Fiction

What You Learn From Writing Flash Fiction

Image from A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain (British Library)

We’ve talked about Flash Fiction before on this site but as it is becoming more and more popular we thought we should look at it again. This time we are going to be looking at what you learn from writing flash fiction. At this point we should say that Flash Fiction goes by many different names as TubeFlash points out:

short fiction, concise fiction, micro fiction, micro narrative, postcard fiction, short short, sudden fiction, cut-off fiction and in China it is known as ‘smoke long’.

The important thing to remember is that flash fiction is a story that is very short, normally less than 500, most of the time even shorter.

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Nov 27

WLW Meeting – 24/11/2015

WLW Meeting - 24/11/2015This week saw a turn of all seven people with a whole mix of flash fiction, autobiography and even a blog post draft.

We started the meeting with some news from Anne who’d received a response from the BBC about a play she’d submitted back in 2012 with a note that said:

Just found this in a cupboard. Apologies I’m only getting back to you now

I guess you can’t win them all Anne.

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