Programme 2021-2022

Bearsden Writers Programme for session 2021-2022

All meetings at Milngavie Community Centre (MCC) begin at 10.00 am.

Zoom MEETINGS WILL BE 7-9 pm on alternative Thursday.


9 September          Welcome. Review of Writing Festival. Members’ writing progress over summer. ZOOM

23 September        ‘Walking & Writing’. A workshop led by Gwen Stokes. Skills Database. At Garscube                                              Estate.

7 October               Writing a synopsis. Talk & Workshop by Leela Soma. MCC (10-12)

21 October             Halloween Competition results and Winners’ readings. ZOOM

4 November           Open mic session. MCC (10-12)

18 November         Writing science fiction and fantasy led by Neet Neilson. ZOOM

2 December            Using Genealogy by Myra Duffy and Joan Fleming on Article Writing.  MCC (10-12)

16 December          Christmas Writing / Book Festival. MCC (10-12)


6 January                 Dealing with Agents and Publishers. MCC (10-12)

20 January               Scottish poetry, led by Palo. Open mic session. ZOOM

3 February               Writing a killer first line. Workshop led by Mairi Jack. MCC (10-12)

17 February             Writing Non-Fiction.  ZOOM

3 March                    Social media skills for writers; Marketing. Kenneth with Myra. MCC (10-12)

17 March                  Pre 20thC History workshop by Allan Martin. ZOOM

31 March                  Workshop: Using objects as prompts. All members. MCC (10-12)

14 April                     Members report on 2022 SAW conference and competitions. ZOOM

28 April                     Travel Writing Competition results. Adjudicated by Ann McLaren. MCC (10-12)

12 May                      The 5 senses. A day out to write. Gwen

26 May                      Dialect and dialogue led by Wilma Ferguson. MCC (10-12)

2 June                        Milngavie Week event

9 June                        AGM and open mic session. MCC (10-12)


This session we are using a hybrid of face to face at MCC and Zoom meetings. Each session will consist of an introduction and a writing task. Some of the writing tasks will be set in advance, so that some products can be read out and/or discussed.

Zoom meetings will be replaced by face-to-face meetings only when Scottish Government guidelines indicate that it’s safe to do so. At that point the venue will be indicated. Face-to-face meetings will last two hours, and will include an introduction, writing task and discussion.

Programme items may be changed due to circumstances, so this programme should be regarded as indicative rather than definitive.

Please note that the programme is not a structured course in how to write. It is simply an opportunity for writers of all kinds to get together, talk about writing, and try their hand at a variety of writing activities.