Programme 2021-2022

Bearsden Writers Programme for session 2021-2022

All meetings begin at 10.00 am.


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

23 September        ‘Writers Helping Writers.’ Skills Database.

7 October               Writing a synopsis. Pre-20th Century Local History.

21 October             Writing outside. Autumn Competition results and Winners’ readings.

4 November           Writing science fiction and fantasy.

18 November         Open mic session.

2 December           Using Genealogy. Workshop on Kindle Singles.

16 December          Christmas Quiz.


6 January                 Dealing with Agents and Publishers

20 January               Scottish poetry. Open mic session.

3 February               Workshop: Writing a killer first line.

17 February              Using KDP

3 March                    Social media skills for writers; Marketing your book on the internet; Copyright issues.

17 March                  Writing for magazines worldwide. How useful are writing retreats?

31 March                  Workshop: Using objects as prompts

14 April                     Members report on 2022 SAW conference and competitions

28 April                    Travel Writing

12 May                      The 5 senses. A day out to write

26 May                     Dialect and dialogue

2 June                       Milngavie Week event

9 June                      AGM and open mic session


At the moment all events are 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.