April 3rd, 2015
I’d always loved writing short stories, ever since I was a little girl and as I grew up I kept on writing. I was fortunate enough to win a couple of small competitions but when I tried to write for the women’s weeklies and other national magazines, I received rejection after rejection. So I put my dream of being a writer to bed and focused on my career as a bank executive.
After an accident, I couldn’t carry out my job anymore and had to spend a long time recuperating. It was then that I saw the ad for The Writers Bureau. Read the rest of this entry »
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March 30th, 2015
Carole Taylor’s a stubborn lass. Even back at school she told everyone that, one day, she was going to write a book. Now, granted, she did get a bit side-tracked raising a family (and with her daughter the deputy head of a London primary school, son a departmental leader in an international bank, I think we can assume she put a reasonable amount of effort into that.) More recently, there’s been a major health scare with her heart. And now, as well as working part time for a TV production company, her first grandchild’s appeared on the scene … Nonetheless, she never did give up on that book thing and, in the end, didn’t just write one, but five. They’re not only written either, she’s had them all published as ebooks by an American online publisher. So, if any of you out there were thinking it was too late to get started on a writing career – read on. Read the rest of this entry »
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March 6th, 2015
I first came to the Writers Bureau as a student in January 1991. The study course was a Christmas present to myself. My previous career had been cut short through no fault of my own and I was desperate to write – full of fury and energy. I had been both physically and psychologically injured following a major assault in July 1990.
The Bureau, and especially my tutor Irene Yates, taught me how to channel my emotions into my writing. It worked. It worked for me career-wise because I started to sell my written work. It worked for me personally because writing is incredibly therapeutic and a great way to relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life. Writing cured me, personally. My submission of assignments led to me becoming ABCC (Association of British Correspondence Colleges) Distance Learning Student of the Year 1992. Read the rest of this entry »
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