January 16th, 2017
This 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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June 24th, 2016
I’m delighted to have this opportunity to re-introduce myself as a tutor after a few years away following a bereavement.
For those of you who read Writing Magazine, you probably know me best as the columnist of ‘Notes from the Margin’ – the humorous final page. The reason I mention this is because I owe my long-running column (seven years and counting) directly to the Writers Bureau course.
I started my writing career many, many years ago as a student and only signed up because I wanted to learn how to write fiction for the women’s magazine market! Instead of starting with the fiction modules, as I could have done, I wanted to learn all I could about writing and elected to take the comprehensive course. As a result, every assignment led to work being published in a vast variety of magazines in several countries – and one of the assignments also brought about my first humour column in Living France Magazine. Read the rest of this entry »
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January 22nd, 2016
First, 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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August 20th, 2015
First 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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December 3rd, 2014
Have you ever written anything really good? Well, once upon a time there were two brothers called Jacob and Wilhelm and, way back in 1812, they published a collection of stories which was destined to become really, really famous. They were, of course, the Brothers Grimm, and the Fairy Tales which have borne their name for the past two hundred years are now known all over the world. The 156 stories in their first edition included Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White, tales which went on to become the cornerstone of one of the twentieth century’s mightiest storytelling corporations; tales which will surely be with us for hundreds of years to come. Read the rest of this entry »
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