The programme for 2018-19 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.

24 September 2018

Speaker - Alan Spence

Our opening night speaker will be poet, playwright and novelist Alan Spence, who is going to talk about precision, clarity and economy in all genres.  He will be adjudicating a forthcoming Haiku competition.

8 October 2018
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. 

22 October 2018 Workshop: Inspiration Everywhere

Writing workshop. We’ll be given an extract to turn into either a news story, or a conversation, or a synopsis.

5 November 2018
Producing Graphics

Learn all about graphic novels with Metaphrog (Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers). They will be adjudicating a forthcoming competition for a 2-page script for a short comic, illustrated or not.

Haiku competition deadline

19 November 2018 Alanna Knight - 50 years of writing

Celebratory meeting for our honorary president, Alanna Knight, who is marking 50 years of writing. Prolific historical crime writer Alanna has been associated with the Club for more years than anyone can count. Enjoy a glass of wine and slice of cake. Memories, tips and chat.

10 December 2018 Club social and Christmas Party

Further details nearer the time.

7 January 2019 Short Stories with Lin Anderson

Advice on short story writing with Lin Anderson who will be adjudicating a forthcoming crime short story competition of up to 2000 words, open to everyone:  EWC member, Kate Blackadder, will adjudicate an open-theme competition of up to 2000 words for unpublished writers. Tips on what they will be looking for.

Plus adjudication of the Haiku Competition and winners’ readings.

Deadline for Grahpics Comic Script Competition

21 January 2019 Writing Sci-Fi with Francesca Barbini
  Francesca Barbini of Luna Press will be adjudicating the forthcoming sci-fi short story competition. She will talk about speculative fiction and her career as a self-published author and founder of a small press.

4 February 2019 Editing with Al Guthrie

Allan (Al) Guthrie is an author, agent and publisher with a wealth of knowledge about the writing process and writing industry. In this session he will talk about preparing your manuscript for submission to publishers.

Plus Graphics Competition results.

18 February 2019 Stories for children under 7

Caroline (Coo) Clayton's first picture book, Maggie's Mittens, was named Waterstone's Scottish Book of the Month when it was published in October 2017. She will adjudicate a forthcoming Under 7's competition.

Deadline for Short Story Competition

4 March 2019 Club workshop - emotional characterisation

Close Characters. Write a paragraph about a character undergoing a particular emotional experience.

Deadline for Sci-Fi Short Story Competition
18 March 2019 Club workshop - drama

With Liz Candy

1 April 2019
Flash Fiction Competition

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

Plus Short Story Competition adjudications and winners' readings.

Deadline for Children's Story Competition

15 April 2019

Club workshop - Confine / define your character

Picture a friend and come up with as many words as you can to describe them in 5 minutes: physical characteristics, personal tastes, habits, traits etc.

Plus Sci-Fi Short Story Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

29 April 2019 Club workshop - Epistolary or Handwriting

Take time away from the keyboard to hand-write a letter using pen and paper – to a loved one perhaps, or to your younger or older self.

13 May 2019
Travel Writing with Nick Thorpe

Nick Thorpe is an award-winning Edinburgh-based writer and journalist. He will talk about travel writing and other aspects of non-fiction writing.

Plus Children's Story Competition adjudication and winners’ readings.

27 May 2019 AGM and prize-giving
  Club social, prize-giving and readings.
24 August 2019 Book Festival meet up
  Informal get-together in Charlotte Square, 12-2pm.