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Writing for Children

January 16th, 2017

writing-for-children-blogThis week I’m breathing a sigh of relief as we’ve just come to the end of updating our Writing for Children Course.  It’s had a really good overhaul by the original writer Karen King, but even when she’s done all her hard work there’s still plenty more for us to do here at Head Office.  And you can’t  beat that feeling of satisfaction when everything is finished!

The course is packed full of useful information on writing in different genres and for different age groups – plus how to market your writing.  And a the biggest plus is the fact that there are 15 assignments, all marked by an experienced children’s writer who will offer personal feedback on  your work.  Of the assignments, 10 are structured but then the rest are ‘open’ so that you can have your tutor’s help and advice on your own particular project. Read the rest of this entry »




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Are You A ‘Binge Watcher’ Or A Writer?

January 22nd, 2016

couch-potato-blogFirst, thanks to Sneha for last week’s post showing how to use your time online professionally and constructively rather than frittering it away.

Since Christmas and my New Year resolutions I’ve been doing less ‘frittering’ – so I’ve only just caught up with the fact that Collins Dictionary word-of-the-year for 2015 was ‘binge-watch’. You know, where you lose huge chunks of time catching up on box sets, so that you can discuss them with friends.  Synonymous in most respects with ‘couch potato’ or ‘slobbing out’! Other words that seem to be trending are ‘dadbod’ – what happens when the hunk in your life starts to look a little less…hunky. And my favourite: ‘manspreading’. Don’t you just hate it when you sit on a train or a bus and the man next to you is reading the newspaper – but in order to do this he has to have his legs apart, taking up most of your space? There are ways around this, but I won’t go into them here. Read the rest of this entry »




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How to Write a Children’s Story – Top Ten Tips

September 7th, 2015

LittleGirlPaintHandsSML-blogThis is an endearing little clip. The ten tips are pretty basic but they’re none the worse for that.  What I really like about it is the way that it’s illustrated. There’s no talking head taking centre stage.  Instead, drawings and cut outs are used to show the points. They are simple but clever and because the tips are brief you have plenty of time to look at, and enjoy, the way it’s done. Read the rest of this entry »




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Could You Be The Next Children’s Laureate?

August 20th, 2015

natmr.blogFirst this week, before I even say thanks to Helen, I must apologise for our continuing lack of pictures. We hate having a dowdy blog, and we’ve got our back-room boys beavering away at getting things sorted.

Now on to Helen’s contribution last week.  All I can say is that I couldn’t have put together a better list of tips myself. Her comments cover so many of the basics that novice writers need to take on board if they are to be successful and, what’s more, survive! Read the rest of this entry »




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Living the Literary Lifestyle

August 10th, 2015

life-in-squares-blogFirst, thanks to Vincent for last Friday’s blog. It’s always good to see how authors from different countries approach their writing – but I suspect the sentiments he expressed are pretty universal!

Have you been watching the BBC drama Life in Squares? I must admit that I saw the first episode and then started to find it rather tedious. That’s possibly because when forced to read and analyse copious amounts of Virginia Woolf’s work for my degree I found it something of a chore. ‘Stream of consciousness’, and the Bloomsbury set in general, aren’t really my cup of tea. Read the rest of this entry »




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