The programme for 2019-20 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.

23 September 2019

Speaker - Caroline Dunford
 

Our opening night speaker will be novelist Caroline Dunford. Caroline has written in various genres, especially historical fiction and crime fiction, but also romance, thrillers and young adult fiction.

New members should aim to arrive from 7pm in order to complete the process of joining.

7 October 2019
Meet the members
 

Speed-chat event. A chance to have a quick chat with as many members as possible. Moving in three-minute bursts exchange information about yourself and your writing. 

Flash fiction mini competition

21 October 2019 Speaker - Noelle Harrison
 

Novelist and playwright Noelle Harrison will be judging the general novel competition. In this talk she will provide general advice as well as tips about what she is looking for.

4 November 2019
Workshop - work in progress
 

Bring three copies of your current work-in-progress to pass anonymously around the members. Add a sheet on the front of each for constructive comments to be made.

18 November 2019 Open Mic Night
 

Opportunity to read your work aloud and receive instant feedback.

Results and feedback from first flash fiction mini competition.

 2 December 2019 Poetry - Pippa Goldschmidt
 

Pippa Goldschmidt has a PhD in astronomy and writes poetry, short stories and novels. She will be judging the general poetry competition. In this talk she will provide general advice as well as tips about what she is looking for.

Deadline - general novel competition. First three chapters (10,000-12,000 words)

16 December 2019 Club social and Christmas Party
 

Further details nearer the time.

6 January 2020 Workshop - dialogue
 

Take 20 mins to turn your work into dialogue only, with guidelines from 'How To...' books, and feedback in small groups.

Flash fiction mini competition
20 January 2020 Short stories - Dilys Rose
 

Dilys Rose will be adjudicating the forthcoming short story competition. She will talk about her career as a novelist, poet and short story writer and offer advice for the competition.

Plus Novel Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

Deadline for Poetry Competition

3 February 2020 Workshop - write like your favourite author
 

Have you been faithful to your favourite over time? Write 100 words in that writer's style, followed by general discussion.

17 February 2020 Workshop - sports writing
 

What are the challenges of writing about sport?  Does anyone have the answers? Bring a small newspaper cutting and turn it into a story to share in small groups.

Plus Poetry Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

Results and feedback from second flash fiction mini competition.

2 March 2020 Writing for young adults - Liz MacWhirter
 

Liz MacWhirter's young adult novel Black Snow Falling is an unusual fantasy novel set in Tudor England. She will be be judging the young adult short story competition.

Deadline for Short Story Competition (2000 words)
16 March 2020 Workshop - writing for video games
 

Writing the cinematic intro for a video game. Read your work aloud and get feedback. Led by Kevin Nowbaveh.

30 March 2020
Historical Fiction - Catherine Hokin
 

Catherine Hokin's first historical novel will be published in January 2020, a love story set in WWII Berlin. She will talk about her journey to publication and offer tips for the historical fiction competition.

13 April 2020

Flash Fiction night

Judged by members on the night. Theme: When I was Ten

Plus General Story Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

Deadline for Young Adult Short Story Competition (2000 words)

27 April 2020 Speaker - Joan Sumner
 

Past president Joan Sumner will speak about research skills and writing.

11 May 2020
Workshop - memoirs
 

Bring 3 copies of Memoir Writing to pass anonymously around the members. Add a sheet on the front of each for constructive comments to be made.

Plus Young Adult Story Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

Deadline for Historical Fiction Competition (2000 words)

1 June 2020 AGM, social and prize-giving
 

Club social, prize-giving and readings. Glass of wine.

Historical Fiction Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

August 2020 Book Festival meet up
  tbc