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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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The Rise And Fall Of The E-book

July 11th, 2017

First, thanks to Walter for last week’s blog. I couldn’t agree more with what he has to say. Winning a writing competition has lots of advantages: the prize (whether cash or some other goodie), the confidence it gives you (let’s be honest, we all like our egos massaging at times), publication, the promotion you get as a writer and, of course, the chance to meet famous authors!

There’s also the fact that making yourself write something new for a competition and then polishing it until you know it’s the very best you can do is wonderful discipline for any writer. And this is one of the main reasons why, here at Writers Bureau, we hold a number of competitions each year: short story, flash fiction, poetry and limerick. So, here’s a quick reminder that you’ve still time to have some fun and win a cash prize by entering our latest Limerick Competition. The closing date is 31st July… so it’s creeping up on you fast! Read the rest of this entry »




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Bookshops Rise Again

February 12th, 2016

Bookstore-Indie-blogA few years ago bookshops were in decline and everyone was telling us that paper books were finished, but it now seems to be going the other way.

Over in China dangdang.com, a huge online retailer, is planning to open 1000 new bookshops across the country, following the launch of its first outlet in Changsha City, Hunan.

After 20 years of online sales, Amazon opened its first real-world bookstore recently in Seattle’s University Village. It’s stocked with 6000 books at the same price as they can be bought on the website and I suspect that the roll-out will continue if it proves profitable. Read the rest of this entry »




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World Book Day’s Here Again

February 13th, 2015

windsor-castle-blogAs usual, thanks to Nicki for last Friday’s blog post. It got me looking through our tutor records and it’s amazing how many of them are ex-students. Students that have been successful and have then approached us to see if they could work with the next ‘generation’ of would-be writers. And the reason that we have so many is that it works!

Because they have studied with us they are familiar with the course and how we are organised. But more importantly, they know what it feels like to be a student – the trepidation of sending off your first assignment and wondering what the feedback will be like; the apprehension of making your first submission to a magazine…  So, they can tailor their feedback accordingly. Read the rest of this entry »




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Books Change Things

October 13th, 2014

Top-Ten-blogWhat are your favourite books? That’s a tough one. How about this – What are the books that changed things for you? The ones that made you think about yourself, or the world in a different way?

Here’s my top ten (whittled down from a short-list of some thirty-odd). Read the rest of this entry »




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