Academy pupils attend WriteFest

To read or not to read: sitting left to right: Morgan MacFarlane, Christy Pass more, Stephanie Duthie, Erin Watson, Iona MacCall, and Stephen Watt, standing: Jessica Duthie, Stacey Stephen and Amanda Watson brush up on Shakespear in advance of the Writefest 2011. picture: Alison Kennedy
To read or not to read: sitting left to right: Morgan MacFarlane, Christy Pass more, Stephanie Duthie, Erin Watson, Iona MacCall, and Stephen Watt, standing: Jessica Duthie, Stacey Stephen and Amanda Watson brush up on Shakespear in advance of the Writefest 2011. picture: Alison Kennedy

Nine senior pupils from Fraserburgh Academy were amongst approximately 180 Aberdeenshire Higher and Advanced Higher English pupils taking part in a two day programme of readings and workshops as part of WriteFest 2011.

The event, organised by Aberdeenshire Libraries and sponsored by AMEC, provided each student with the opportunity to engage with and learn from professional writers and further develop their creative writing skills, as well as developing a love of reading in an informal out of school conference environment held at the University of Aberdeen.

Councillor Richard Stroud, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure committee, said: “WriteFest provides an opportunity for youngsters to learn the intricacies of literary writing. I hope that the pupils will be inspired to develop their writing skills and that the event will encourage budding writers in the various genres of literature.”

Councillor Isobel Davidson, vice-chair of the committee, said: “I would like to thank AMEC and Aberdeen University’s Word Festival for working with us on this event. Being able to provide pupils with opportunities like this is a step in the right direction for literary development”.

Alan Johnstone, operations director for AMEC, said: “I am delighted that AMEC is supporting this years’ WriteFest, the creative writing workshops for secondary school pupils in Aberdeenshire. Creativity, whether it is innovation in our industry or creativity on the page is something which can make a difference.”

S5 pupils, Morgan Macfarlane, Christy Passmore, Jessica Duthie, Stacey Stephen and Amanda Watson and S6 pupils, Stephen Watt, Erin Watson, Iona MacCall and Stephanie Duthie attended the event