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Last Updated
19-09-2011
  Erskine History 
 

Erskine Writers was established in 1990. From the seed of a small group of keen writers we have blossomed into a respected group of around sixty members, including postal members. Since 1990, many first time writers, often claiming to not really being a writer, have had success in having their work published, winning awards and competittions.

Members are given encouragement and support to develop their creative writing skills. There is a varied programme of manuscript readings, workshops and competitions, with occasional guest speakers, keeping members busy from September to May each year, on Tuesday afternoons within school  term dates.

Due to demand, we also have a summer evening group from June to August which is held on Tuesday evenings. This takes more of a hands-on workshop format, helping people to develop their practical writing skills and improve their understanding of specific genres such as monologue writing, novel synopsis writing and so on. Attendees help form the syllabus to suit their own needs.

Many members attend the annual Scottish Association of Writers weekend conference in March. In recent years this has been held in the Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine. This is a residential weekend with a high standard of guest speakers and adjudicators. This has been a pivotal experience for many of our members - some have been published for the first time as a direct result of winning competitions at the conference - for example local member, Alex Grey, is now a published Crime novelist.

Our annual dinner and prize giving also takes place each year in the Erskine Bridge Hotel.