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Posted In The Past

June 14th, 2019

First, thanks to Jacqueline for last week’s post. I think that people sometimes decide to enrol on a course without giving it enough consideration. That’s OK if it’s a short course that doesn’t cost too much – it’s always good to dabble with something different. But if you’re planning to use the course to further your career or help you bring in a second income, then you should give the decision serious thought. That’s why we’re always happy to chat to prospective students or reply to their emails if they have any queries – or reservations – before joining us.

Another thing that needs to be taken seriously, if you intend to have a writing career, is your marketing plan, and these days that also means your use of social media. Below, Writers Bureau student, Helen Baggott, explains how she reached out to potential readers about her recently published book, ‘Posted in the Past’ (available from Amazon and a number of independent outlets). Read the rest of this entry »




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See It Through And Reap The Rewards

June 7th, 2019

When you’ve looked at the writing courses on offer and made the commitment, a strategy can be helpful to ensure you’ll get the maximum benefit.

I’ve recently completed the poetry course with The Writers’ Bureau, and found planning helpful in keeping up the momentum. Here are ten suggestions to remain on track from selection to completion. There is so much enjoyment and satisfaction to come!

    1. When choosing your course, whether purely for interest or with an aim to be   published, read everything the website can tell you about it. Don’t be put off by a suggested timescale. (I completed mine with very few weeks to spare.)

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Annual Bloggers Bash!

May 31st, 2019

Thanks to Ann for last week’s contribution. When I’m trying to check facts I often find myself going off at a tangent and having to give myself a strict ‘talking to’ before getting back on track. But, as she says, it’s never all a waste of time. Some of those interesting discoveries might just trigger an idea for a new, and potentially lucrative, piece of writing.

I was speaking to one of our tutors, Esther Chilton, this week and she mentioned The Bloggers Bash  which will be held in London on Saturday 15th June. It’s a social event for bloggers, bringing together the blogging community and it’s now in its fifth year.

There will be opportunities to socialise and network; presentations on blogging and marketing your blog from guest speakers; a workshop on creating flat lay images for your website and social media and a panel debate. And talking of the panel debate, Esther will be one of the panel members. So if you live in the London area (or fancy a good day out) and you either  blog already, or are contemplating starting, then this could be just what you’re looking for. Read the rest of this entry »




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Keeping Your Research In Context

May 24th, 2019

Ann Williams was the winner of our student-only Book Review Competition. Below are her tips on how writers can make the most of their research without ‘swamping’ the text with what they’ve uncovered.

 

“Writers, whether in fiction or non-fiction, need to research. The internet has made this so much easier, cutting out trips to the reference library, museums or record offices. Facts can be checked from the comfort of your own home, whenever convenient. However, this easy access to material offers pitfalls of its own.

A simple check for a date, the direction of travel from A to B or the colour of a flower can lead to a mass of information, all of which may be new and fascinating to the writer. It is natural to want to share new-found knowledge but if it is unnecessary for the theme of the article or the flow of the story it needs to be drastically distilled to what is relevant. Read the rest of this entry »




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Congratulations To Our Short Story Winners!

May 17th, 2019

First, thanks to Lorraine for last week’s post, which I loved. It was just so positive! It’s advice that I think applies not just to your writing, but to every aspect of life. I know it’s a cliché, but if one door closes… always look for another one that you can get your foot in and push.

It’s so important to try to remain positive whatever life (or your writing) throws at you. Writing can be a lonely profession and it’s important to stay mindful of your mental health. As you can’t fail to have noticed, it has been Mental Health Awareness Week over the past few days. I think we all need our own personal strategy for coping whether it’s meditation, exercise, therapy, or simply being kind to ourselves. Mine is gardening – and it lifts my spirits every time I look at what’s going on in my plot over the changing seasons (see pic of how it’s looking this week). Read the rest of this entry »




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