Association of Christian Writers

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ACW is holding its first Writers Day in Scotland. Titled 'Writing in a Nutshell' it's sure to have something for everyone. 

Date: 5th May 2018

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: City Church Dundee, The Frairy, Tulideph Road, Dundee, DD2 2PN. There is a large car park and plenty of parking around the church. The church is about a 5 minute Taxi ride from the station. It would take about 15 minutes to walk.

Presentation 1 - Writing Your Memoir - Jane Clamp 

In the course of everyday life, we go through many experiences and interact with many people but, on looking back, we remember particularly significant times which seem worthy of note. Whether through journalling, testimony, full-blown autobiography or even fiction, this session will address some of the issues in recording our story. We will consider, among other things, our motivation for writing, what to include and omit, and who our readership might be.

Presentation 2 - Where Fact and Fiction Meet - Margaret Skea
An overview of the issues involved when including real people, real places and real events in fiction. 

Presentation 3 - Adding Humour to Your Writing - Wendy H. Jones
Using humour, even in the most intense writing, allows the reader to draw breath. It helps develop the natural peaks and troughs of a book, which keep the reader reading. Wendy will share hints and tips to help you along the way.

Lunch, tea, and coffee will be provided

You will also be able to choose 1 workshop from

1. Writing Your Memoir
Interactive session allowing participants to start the process of telling their story

2. Mixing Fact and Fiction
Interactive seminar / workshop exploring how to blend fact and fiction effectively. 

3. Marketing your Books
Interactive presentation/workshop allowing participants to develop a marketing plan to help them sell more books. 

Jane Clamp is Creative Writer in Residence on the Sunday Breakfast Show of BBC Radio Norfolk and on the Thought of the Day team at Premier Christian Radio. Her first book, Too Soon, on the subject of miscarriage, will be published in August by SPCK. She is a popular speaker and preacher, often following her talks with a time of ministry on the saxophone. She is Groups’ Coordinator for the Association of Christian Writers.

Margaret Skea grew up in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’, so is no stranger to conflict. Her passion is for authentic, atmospheric historical fiction. Her first novel, Turn of the Tide won her the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best 1st Time Novelist 2014, and the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. Both follow the fortunes of a fictional family trapped in the long-running and bloody feud between the Cunninghames and Montgomeries, known as the Ayrshire Vendetta, which had many resonances in our modern world.

Wendy H. Jones turned to a life of crime after a career in the military. She is the author of the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries, The Fergus and Flora Mysteries and the forthcoming humorous crime series, The Cass Claymore Mysteries. Killer's Crew her fifth DI Shona McKenzie book, won the Books Go Social Book of the Year Award. The Dagger's Curse, first book in her Fergus and Flora Mysteries was a finalist in the Woman Alive Magazine Book of the Year. She is the presenter of Wendy's Book Buzz Radio Show on Mearns FM and the Founder of Crime at the Castle.

The cost for the day is a low price of £13 for members and £15 for non members. This is to celebrate the inaugural Scottish Writers Day.