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Writing for Online Markets

September 22nd, 2017

As a first-time blogger for the Writers Bureau, please let me introduce myself – it’s relevant.

My name is Caroline Foster. I studied the Comprehensive Writing Course for beginners, with the Writers Bureau, way back in 1997. This was on the brink of the PC revolution when query submissions, article ideas, and carefully crafted covering letters were printed off and sent to editors, by post with an SAE. Emailing editors was rare. After almost 20 years writing non-fiction, in July 2017, my first book was published. Write From the Start: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Professional Non-fiction. Although I had intended to include a sub-chapter on writing online, mainly as part of the Writing for Business chapter, it became apparent that, writing for online markets was actually a much bigger topic than I had envisaged. Read the rest of this entry »




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WB Student Only Writing & Photo Competition Runner-up

September 20th, 2017

In our first student only competition students were asked to write a short 300-word article about a place in their village, town or city that is special to them. They had to write it as a travel piece to entice people to visit. This exercise was designed to help students look at the familiar with new eyes. There were two runners-up who are being published on this blog.

Our first runner-up is Linda Holt with An Unexpected Visit to Beeston Bump

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Recycling Your Favourite Books

September 15th, 2017

First, thanks to Karen for last week’s blog. It was interesting to hear about where she gets her ideas. We advocate freewriting in our courses and it’s something I recommend you try.

She also mentioned that for the first time she has joined an evening class for writing. Even if you are already studying one of our courses, actually getting together with other writers (whether in regular classes, the occasional workshop or for weekend breaks) can be a great source of inspiration.

I’ve noticed that Women’s Weekly magazine is currently offering a range of workshops, and you would assume that their tutors are knowledgeable about what the current markets are looking for. Read the rest of this entry »




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WB Student Only Writing & Photo Competition Winner

September 13th, 2017

In our first student only competition students were asked to write a short 300-word article about a place in their village, town or city that is special to them. They had to write it as a travel piece to entice people to visit. This exercise was designed to help students look at the familiar with new eyes. The winner received £25 prize and publication on this blog.

And the winner is Sharon Webster with Cleeve Hill

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

September 8th, 2017

Writers are often asked where they get their ideas. In the past I’ve found this difficult to answer, because sometimes ideas seem to come from nowhere. When this happens, it’s great, but it’s not always the case. What about the times when the well feels empty and as if it may have dried up forever?

Sitting around and waiting for the muse to visit is probably not a very practical approach. I find that reading often spurs me into writing – sometimes a powerful short story, or a particular author’s voice, will provoke a strong urge to write. The potential problem here is that you may inadvertently end up copying another writer too closely, something that Dorothea Brande mentions in her seminal work Becoming a Writer. In fact, she turns this into a writing exercise, in which you deliberately spend time reading a writer with a strong voice, write something straight afterwards, and then observe how they have influenced your own style. Read the rest of this entry »




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