OIR: Scottish Association of Writers 46th Conference

Article published on April 15, 2015.

As well as being one of our reviewers, Sheila A. Grant is also a writer and a keen member of the association, sending us this report.


Around 150 members and judges descended on the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld from all corners of Scotland. Always a lively event this year was no different with friends who have only been in touch digitally meeting up and comparing notes on all aspects of writing.

The results of the competitions are always awaited with racing hearts and sweating palms. They cover all genres of writing, Book Reviews, Poetry, Drama, Fiction and Non- fiction of various lengths, all judged by successful writers in the appropriate genre.

I am proud to say that once again Ayr Writers’ Club, of which I am a former president, swept the board winning many prizes and commendations. So successful has the club been over the past few years that the President of SAW has invited himself down to the club to see what is our ‘winning formula’!

The workhops run by the judges are always a great attraction, the greatest problem I find is deciding which ones to attend as all are inspirational. Since non-fiction is my chosen field, I decided to broaden my horizon opting for the fiction editor of People’s Friend, Shirley Blair, where we were advised on what is required to have any chance of publication in a magazine renowned for ‘feel good’ stories.

Other workshops covered story structure, writing craft, factual writing, drama structure and self publication.

It is a very intense weekend but a most enjoyable one and there is always the hotel Spa to retreat to for a break if you wish.

As ever I left with plans and ideas buzzing in my head to start preparing entries immediately for the 47th conference. Will that enthusiasm last? Or will I be rushing to post entries two days before closing day as usual? We shall see.


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