Past speakers at Weegie Wednesday include: James Robertson, Maggie Swinburne, My Weekly Features editor; Rally and Broad; David Ross, non-fiction writer; Alan Grant, comic book writer; David Greig, playwright; Chris Brookmyre, crime writer; Michael Malone, crime writer; Sara Sheridan, fiction writer; Shari Low, journalist and fiction writer; Barry Gornell, fiction writer; Kirsty Logan, fiction writer and poet; Jean Rafferty, fiction writer; Eleanor Yule, film maker; Caron MacPherson, bookshop manager; Sophie Cooke, fiction writer; Rosemary Goring, literary critic and non-fiction writer; James Aldridge, bookseller and events organiser; David Simons, fiction writer; Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland; Gordon Brown, fiction writer and marketing specialist; Duncan Furness, bookseller; Richard Warden, film producer; Alex Gray, crime writer and poet; Iain Banks, fiction writer and Ian Rankin, crime fiction writer, Linda Strachan, The Society of Authors, Sue Reid Sexton, Sinclair and Kim Macleod of Indie Authors World.
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At June's Weegie Wednesday, Linda Strachan and Lucinda Byatt from the Society of Authors in Scotland will introduce this event and competition at the start of the announcements. See biogs below for Linda and Lucinda.
WIN a 2-day delegate pass to the ScotsWrite conference for writers. We are giving away this great prize to one lucky emerging or published writer. (ScotsWrite is open to all!) Don't wait to find out if you have won, while the earlybird rates are still available why not book your place at ScotsWrite and if you win we will refund you the full 2-day delegate pass rate.
The draw will take place on 1st July and you can enter the draw by email. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org Put Weegie Wednesday in the subject line and tell us your name, and phone number so that we can contact you if you have won. Please indicate if you do NOT want to be included in our conference email distribution list, which will keep up you to date as we announce our final programme, new speakers and other information about the conference.
ScotsWrite - Everything a writer needs. Website www.societyofauthors.org/scotswrite
The Society of Authors in Scotland has created what is expected to be one of the most exciting events in the 2017 writing calendar. ScotsWrite, a three-day weekend event, will enable delegates to network with and hear from some of the UK’s leading authors and writers to extend your creative, financial and personal horizons.
If you’re thinking of putting pen to paper for the first time or you’re an established writer, ScotsWrite has been designed - by writers - to help you go further along your chosen path.
Whether you’re a published or emerging writer, of fiction or non-fiction, a translator, children’s author, poet or writer for the media, ScotsWrite offers talks and workshops from experts in a variety of areas including marketing, self publishing, changing genre, technology, health and wellbeing, and ergonomics. Plus, there will be a limited number of one-to-one sessions with publishers and agents.
Enjoy a gala dinner, ceilidh and drinks receptions with time to mingle and explore the exhibitor stands and bookshop.
ScotsWrite takes place 22–24 September 2017 at the Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort, Nr Glasgow.
Join us at the conference to:
· Extend your creative, financial and personal horizons
· Diversify and expand your skills and knowledge of the business of writing
· Network with other literary professionals
· Share ideas and learn from experts
· Succeed in everything that makes you a writer
Our conference theme is the Ikigai, a Japanese concept that means ‘a reason for being’ and is similar to the French phrase ‘raison d'être’. The Ikigai’s four strands of passion, mission, vocation and profession have been woven into the conference to address all the things that make us writers, but also other areas of our lives.
I’ve been a translator from Italian to English
for upwards of twenty years. Many of the books I’ve translated have been
related to cultural history. This is the other hat I wear. As a
historian, I teach a number of courses at Edinburgh University, mostly
relating to Italian social and cultural history between 1400 and 1600,
and it is in this field that I do my own writing. I’m a member of the
Translators Association, a group within the Society of Authors, and I’ve
been secretary to the Society of Authors in Scotland since 2015.
Linda Strachan is an award winning children's author and Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland. Author of over 60 books, Linda writes for all ages from gritty crime novels for young adults to picture books including the bestselling Hamish McHaggis series and a writing handbook, Writing for Children. She has also written for educational publishers and her books are used in schools all over the world. Linda has run creative writing workshops for adults and children in the UK and abroad and is currently Patron of Reading to Liberton High School in Edinburgh.
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