The programme for 2017-18 is below.

Meetings take place at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh, at 7.30pm. Meetings are open to non-members - £5 charge.

Meetings are normally held every second Monday, but note the two meetings 0n the 18th and 25th September.

18 September 2017

70th Anniversary Celebration 

Honorary President Alanna Knight will toast members past and present and cut the cake. Returning members and new members – all are very welcome. Edinburgh’s Lord Provost is joining the celebrations. Past speakers to the Club – crime writers, poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, magazine editors and publishers – who are very helpful towards writers at an early stage of their career, are being invited. There will be a glass of fizz/soft drink (free to paid-up members). A visitor’s fee of £5 will (for one night only!) include the drink/cake and is redeemable on joining.

There will be a competition to win a year’s membership – and a lucky dip.

The door will be open at 6.45, the welcome glass poured at 7.30 and the cake cut at 7.45. There will also be a pay-bar.

25 September 2017
Meet the members
one week after first meeting 

Capitalise on the contacts you made at the opening meeting at a speed-chat event. Moving in three-minute bursts exchange information about yourself and your writing. 

9 October 2017 Shirley Blair - the People's Friend

The People’s Friend will be 150 years old in 2019. If you have not read a recent issue, or just remember your granny reading it, you might be surprised to know that the stories – while still feel-good – have had a much more modern flavour for the last few years. The magazine is extremely encouraging to new writers because they need them – they buy 600 stories a year for the weekly issue and seasonal specials (guidelines are on their website). The magazine’s Fiction Editor, Shirley Blair, makes a return visit to the Club. This time she will talk about/give a workshop on writing dialogue. Shirley will also adjudicate the short story competition (deadline 6 November).

23 October 2017
Club workshop - work in progress

A chance to discuss your work with other members and get feedback. Bring three copies of a poem (no more than 40 lines), or prose (short story/novel extract/non-fiction – no more than 2000 words). Add a blank sheet in front of each copy for constructive (anonymous) comments to be made.

6 November 2017 Writing novels - Michael Malone

Michael is the acclaimed author of six crime novels A Suitable Lie, Beyond the Rage, Blood Tears, Bad Samaritan, A Taste for Malice and Dog Fight, plus a thriller based on a true story The Guillotine Choice. He is also a much-published poet and experienced writing tutor. Michael will adjudicate the General Novel Competition (deadline 8 January).

Short story competition deadline

20 November 2017
Club workshop - learning from your heroes

Have you ever tried to emulate your favourite author’s writing? Do have a go – bring 100 words in that writer's style and see if others can tell who it is. Has doing that helped (or not) your usual writing style?

4 December 2017 Club social and Christmas Party

Finger Buffet and wine/soft drinks – ticketed. Raffle (for funds). Further details nearer the time.

8 January 2018 Allan Guthrie on publishing

Al is ideally qualified to talk about publishing. He is a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates, an award-winning writer of crime fiction, and an editor.

Deadline for General Novel Competition

22 January 2018 Michael Pederson on poetry
  Michael is a Robert Louis Stevenson Award winner, a John Mathers Trust Rising Star of Literature, a Canongate Future 40 and a Callum McDonald Memorial Award finalist. He has published two successful chapbooks and a full collection, published by Polygon books, with a second forthcoming in 2017. Michael will be adjudicating our Poetry Competition (deadline 19 February).

5 February 2018 Have fun with drama

Always wanted to try writing plays but didn't know where to start? Bring a short story and, with the handout provided, take 30 minutes to turn your prose into dialogue, movement and sound effects. Give feedback in small groups, with help from Cecilia Rose and Anne Graham who are experienced playwrights.

(NB will be linked to Drama Workshop on 30 April)

Plus Short Story Adjudication results and winners’ readings.

19 February 2018 Kellan MacInnes on non-fiction

Kellan’s first book Caleb’s List: Climbing the Scottish Mountains Visible From Arthur’s Seat was acclaimed by readers and reviewers alike and was shortlisted for the 2013 Saltire Society First Scottish Book Award, Scotland’s most prestigious literary prize. Kellan’s first novel The Making of Mickey Bell will be published in September 2016. Kellan will adjudicate our Non-fiction Competition.

Deadline for Poetry Competition

5 March 2018 Club workshop - writing conferences and competitions

Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather conditions

Open discussion on writing conferences: share information about getting the most out of the experience. Plus Submission Perfections, how to submit your manuscript professionally. Plus Novel Competition Adjudication with top three winners reading their first 1000 words.

19 March 2018 Club workshop - how to write flash fiction

Learn how to Write Flash Fiction. Plus results of Poetry Competition with readings.

Deadline for Non-fiction competition

2 April 2018
Club workshop - writing crime fiction

What are the problems of plotting a crime and working a twist into the tale? Bring a short newspaper clipping of a reported crime and turn it into a story to share in small groups.

16 April 2018

Open Mic Night

Practise reading your work aloud and get constructive feedback from your audience. Bring a piece (prose or poetry) of no more than 500 words.

Plus Non-Fiction Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

30 April 2018 Club workshop - drama performances

Remember the 05 February Workshop? Bring copies of your play. Present your ten-minute sketch (any genre) with your prepared cast of members and get constructive feedback from the rest.

14 May 2018
Flash Fiction Competition

Bring 250 words on the topic of Anniversary (interpreted any way you want). Read anonymously by another member; three winners will be voted for by club members attending on the night.

28 May 2018 AGM and prize-giving