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WLW Meeting – 29/09/2015

WLW Meeting - 29/09/2015This week saw a smaller turn out than usual of six people but we still got through some great writing and even a quick writing exercise. Of course, as always, we start with the news!

This Week’s News

There is only one place we can start talking tonight and that is Ian’s competition win. His poem The Snails Move Out won one of 15 prizes of the Foyle Young Poets 2015 which is very impressive when you consider over 6000 people entered!

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WLW Meeting – 04/08/2015

WLW Meeting - 04/08/2015

This week saw another great turn out of eight people who all settled down to listen, and feedback on, some great stories

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WLW Meeting – 21/07/2015

WLW Meeting - 21/07/2015On the 116th anniversary of Ernest Hemmingway‘s birthday nine West Lothian Writers made it along to our meeting to hear people’s attempts at their own Six Word Stories, offer feedback at other members’ work and general enjoy some of the best amateur writing in the area.

Six Word Stories

To celebrate Hemmingway’s birthday we ask people to bring along their own six word stories. There were some truly excellent stories filled with drama, love and scares. You can find our six word tales here.

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Conquering the Blank Page

WLW Meeting 07/07/2015

On Saturday 22nd of August 2015 we are holding an all-day writing workshop called Conquering the Blank Page led by award winning writer Janis Mackay. The day is aimed at writers who have only just started writing or those looking to get back into it. The day will be spent developing writing ideas from the initial thought to the basis of a poem or story. We will look at all the basics element of writing such as creating characters, setting and points of view. 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.

However, anyone who has come to any of the previous workshops led by Janis will know that whatever stage you are at as I writer you will get something out of the day. Our venue will be the East Barn of Nether Dechmont Farm situated in near Livingston North station in Livingston.More details can be found below the break.

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WLW Meeting 07/07/2015

WLW Meeting 07/07/2015

Tonight’s meeting saw a turn out of seven people to hear some great writing and some interesting discussions about the work that was presented. First however, let’s start with the news!

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Writing Workshops

2015 Writing Workshops from Janis Mackay

2015 Writing Workshops with Janis MackayCreative writing tutor Janis Mackay  recently contacted us to say that she is running lots of creative writing workshops next year. We know our members have really enjoyed the times Janis has visited WLW so we thought we would share some details about the workshops here. They split into five different categories:

  • One Year Novel Writing Course
  • One Day Short Story Workshops
  • One Day Writing Workshops
  • Writing Workshop for Children
  • One Day Creative Writing Workshops for Adults wishing to Write for Children.

You can find more information about Janis’ workshops by downloading her flyer here or by clicking below.

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Upcoming Creative Writing Workshops

Upcoming Creative Writing Workshops

We’ve heard about a couple of upcoming workshops that we thought you’d like to hear about. You can find out all about these workshops below the break!

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Write Poems about Nature

Write Poems about Nature
Photo by Eric McFarlane

Due to our location at Linlithgow Canal Centre a lot of our writing at From The Blank Page To The Written Word focused on nature and the world around us. With this in mind we thought we should share from of the exercises Janis Mackay used that day, along with a few articles we found on some great writing websites to help you Write Poems About Nature.

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Using Dialogue Workshop

Using Dialogue Workshop

This week saw a change from our usual meetings with David McVey coming along to provide a workshop on Using Dialogue. However, before we talk about that we need to chat about this week’s news!

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WLW Meeting 13/05/2014

This week we welcome a new person, Valerie, to WLW. She was one of ten people who made it along to the meeting. We had a great range of work read along with lots of news so lets get started.