≈July 2 2019
Great creative writing workshop today with Hazlehead Academy’s Advanced Higher English students – a very bright and motivated group. I hope I’m asked back again next year.
≈April 4 2019
Thanks to the Glasgow Writing Group for a great workshop on creating characters tonight.
≈January 29 2019
Had a great time at the Falkirk Writers Circle tonight – it was a pleasure to adjudicate the Allan Brownlee Poetry Competition. Congratulations to winner Morven Mack, and to everyone who entered the contest.
≈December 13 2018
Congratulations to Anne Pettigrew, star of the Garnethill Writers’ Group, on the publication of her novel Not The Life Imagined by Ringwood. (And guess who gets a mention in the Acknowledgements…?) Buy the book from Amazon, or from Ringwood Publishing here.
≈October 6 2018
Glad to hear I’ve been asked back to the Falkirk Writers’ Circle – I’ll be adjudicating the Alan Brownlee poetry competition in January.
≈October 2 2018
Thanks to everyone at the Falkirk Writers’ Circle for a great workshop on editing this evening. Hope to be invited back soon.
≈September 26 2018
Enjoyed hearing some wonderful new writing at the From Glasgow to Saturn launch at Dram! this evening. The highlight of the evening was hearing Mandy Watson, star of the Garnethill Writers’ Group, reading her story ‘Freedom’. Thanks to the organizers and participants for a great night.
≈September 24 2018
Looking forward to meeting the Falkirk Writers’ Circle on Tuesday 2nd October – we’re doing a workshop on editing fiction. By special request, my seasonal bear will also be attending, so I’ll have to look out his best suit for the occasion. Details here.
≈September 24 2018
Looking forward to the launch of the latest From Glasgow to Saturn this Wednesday, 26 September. One of the Gartnethill Writers Group, Mandy Watson, will be reading from the story she’s published in this issue; so I’ll be there to bask in her reflected glory. It’s free, and everyone’s welcome. Details here.
≈September 13 2018
Thanks to everyone at the Glasgow Writing Group for a great short story writing workshop today. The group’s based in the basement library in Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a supportive writing club in the city center. Hope to be invited back sometime soon. Check out their details on the SAW page here.
≈September 8 2018
Great session today at Aberdeen Central Library. Everyone very bright and engaged – we’ve got the makings of a wonderful collection of short stories. Looking forward to our next meeting on the 22nd.
≈September 3 2018
Looking forward to my visit to the Granite City this Saturday – the first of three writing workshops in Aberdeen Central Library. More details here .
≈ February 16 2018
At the launch of My Learning Journey – an anthology of stories, poems and photos produced by CLHSP (South Lanarkshire’s Community Learning and Home School Partnership). The book will soon be appearing in libraries, community centers and other public venues, so keep your eyes peeled.
≈ January 15 2018
Great writing workshop this afternoon with Advanced Higher students here at Hazlehead Academy in Aberdeen. Not sure they actually needed my help – they’re already a very talented and hard-working group of people. https://hazleheadacy.aberdeen.sch.uk/
≈ April 10 2017
Thanks again to everyone at Erskine Writers Group for the great response to my Writing for Young Adults workshop. Here’s an example of the gripping ‘in media res’ opening paragraphs they produced:
Guilty or not guilty?
by Pete Marrison
Big decision: do I tell Mum or not?
It came across to me as bullying. Whilst as a sixth former and head girl, I have been involved as an outsider or even arbitrator in several cases of bullying, does that give me the right to intervene in what could become a very serious adult situation? It could result in the disciplining or even dismissal of a head teacher whom I have previously admired.
Mum is also a teacher, but at a different school. She could advise me, but would even the mention of the incident set her off in a direction which I might later regret? Bullying was a subject over which my Mother feels very strongly; she is almost certain to explode.
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