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WLW Meeting 08/12/2015

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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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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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WLW Meeting – 10/11/2015

WLW Meeting - 10/11/2015

 

After the excitement of Halloween we went back to our usual format of reading out work and offering feedback on each other’s work. Five people came along to our meeting including two new members Cheryl and David. We hope you both enjoyed the meeting.

A Well Travelled Notebook

A quick update on our upcoming anthology A Well Travelled Notebook. The second draft has now been completed and we are only days away from sending the book to be printed. We are still on track to launch the anthology at West Lothian Write at Howden Park on the 20th of November.

 

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WLW Meeting Halloween Special – 27/10/2015

WLW Meeting Halloween Special - 27/10/2015

This week was our Halloween special which means scary stories, scarier ‘nick’ names and Halloween cakes and biscuits. There were twelve tales in all and you’ll find them all below the break!

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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 – 15/09/2015

WLW Meeting - 15/09/2015Better late than never here is the notes from our last meeting. The reason for the delay? We’ve been busy selecting the work for our next anthology. More news on that shortly! Anyway we saw a great turn out of eleven people including a first time visit of Winnie. We hope you enjoyed your time Winnie and you’ll be back next time.

This Week’s News

We start with some great news. Susi has had her baby, a beautiful girl called Daisy May Moffat who has already been nicknamed Bug! Everyone at West Lothian Writers wishes both Susi and Daisy the best!

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WLW Meeting – 01/09/2015

WLW Meeting - 01/09/2015We saw a great turn out of ten people for this week’s meeting including a few returning faces.

This Week’s News

We’ll start with Eric whose debut novel A Clear Solution is now available for 99p on Kindle for the whole of September. If you haven’t read it yet then this is your chance. Also his short story Seline and The Seance has been entered into Inkitt: Laughable! competition. You can read and vote for it here.

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WLW Meeting – 18th August 2015

Tonight’s meeting saw a great turn out of nine people including a couple of new people. Elizabeth and Marita joined us for the first time and we hope you enjoyed the meeting. After the news, which will follow shortly, we did a quick writing exercise before moving onto people’s writing.

This Week’s News

On Friday it is the next West Lothian Write taking place at the Howden Park Centre. The night starts at 7pm and is a great opportunity to read your work out to an audience.

The next day is our Conquering the Blank Page workshop with Janis Mackay. The workshop will look at the basics of creative writing. It’ll take place next to where we normally meet in Carmondean Community Centre and will run from 10am till 4pm.

Eric has entered his short story Seline and the Seance into Inkitt’s Laughable Competition. You can vote for his story here.

Finally a reminder to all members to get their submissions in for our next anthology. For more information check out the Second Anthology Page on the website.

WLW Meeting - 18th August 2015

Writing Exercise

Anne led the group on a writing exercise she’d come up with. She described a countryside scene that finished with the writer discovering a letter in a house address to them. She asked the group to write that letter.

This Week’s Writing

  • Bus Stop – the next section in Chris’ mystery tale. DI McKenzie continues his interview of Linda Reid, accusing her of murder
  • A Ticket Inside My Head – a blog post from our newest member Elizabeth. about her experiences travelling around the world.
  • The Girl on the Yellow Paper – the second part of Stephen‘s story. The narrator finds out more about the drunk and the girl on the yellow paper, including her name.
  • Strange Street – an extract from Bill’s new novel. Adam and Paul find themselves back in 1915 despite the fact they are from 2015.
  • Dr Christie’s Pharaoh – the start of a novel by Norman. Charles and Julia chat her boss’ pharaoh.
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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.