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Poetry Competition Winners Announced!

September 18th, 2020

First, thanks to Sharon for last week’s post. It’s reassuring to realise that there are still slots out there for shorter pieces. You’re never going to be able to give up the day job writing for this market, but it can provide a lucrative side-line. And if you find yourself stalled – for whatever reason – on a longer piece, you can always turn to letters or a quick filler and hope your block will have cleared by the time you get back to it.

Now…quick drumroll… here are the winners of our 2020 Poetry Competition. In first place we have Alison Reed with Tango For Two; in second place Judith T Drazin with Tea, Toast and Temperance and in third place Roger Elkin with You Bring Me Bouches-du-Rhone. I’m not going to go into detail here as I’ve given my general views on this year’s entries in a previous post. But I can assure you that the three winners are brilliant – please go and read them on our Competitions Page. Keep checking there too because our latest Flash Fiction Competition will soon be open for entries. Read the rest of this entry »




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Let Me Fill You In

September 11th, 2020

From the age of ten I wanted to be a writer.  Ever since my teacher chose to read my humorous poem out loud to the class.  It was about a monster who ate too many pies.  (Don’t ask!)  I remember the kids craning their necks, to hear every word. I watched as smiles appeared gradually on each face and hearing the faint giggles in the background.

My cheeks burned with embarrassment but my heart burst with pride.  Afterwards, I received a round of applause and I knew I wanted to feel like that again and again.

Fast-forward to adulthood and here I was purchasing The Writers Bureau Creative Writing Course. Read the rest of this entry »




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Be Aware Of Awareness Days

September 6th, 2020

This week’s post is a bit of a miscellany. First there’s an interesting snippet I picked up this week from the Sunday Times. Apparently, the pandemic delayed the publication of hundreds of books but now things are back in full swing and 3rd September was ‘Super Thursday’ for the publishing industry with 590 new titles coming out. So if you’re looking for something fresh and interesting to read, now’s your chance.

I know that some people struggle with apostrophes, and wonder if they’re even necessary; others consider the use of semi-colons an affectation. But now there’s news that Millennials and Generation Z don’t like full stops because they can signal anger, especially in social media messages. In fact, the poor old period is regarded as a passive/aggressive symbol. But be warned. (Note the aggressive threat in that?) It might be the norm in tweets, texts and WhatsApp messages but if you’re putting together an email to a client or to go with your CV then it’s still considered best to use proper punctuation! Read the rest of this entry »




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Hay Player!

August 30th, 2020

First, thanks to Jacqueline for last week’s post. Many people think of ‘creative writing’ as being exclusively fiction. But as she points out, writing non-fiction should be every bit as creative if you are to engage and entertain your readers.

As we’re still waiting for our next Writers Bureau competition to open for entries, I thought I’d highlight one or two other competitions that are taking place at the moment – hopefully providing something for everyone.

First up we have the New Voices Competition, which is looking for the first page of a novel and a one-page synopsis. This is for first-time writers only and the prize is a Start Up mentoring package. The entry fee is £10 and the closing date is 14th September; so no procrastinating. Full details are at www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk Read the rest of this entry »




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Non-Fiction – Making The Most Of Your Life Experiences

August 23rd, 2020

Courses on Creative Writing encourage you to use real experiences, observations of people and events, then introduce these into a fictional piece of writing to create realistic characters and a believable plot structure. An excellent approach, of course.

However, I soon realized that I was describing what I had seen, conversations overheard, with only a minor attempt at fiction – clearly not my strength then!

If this is your preferred approach to tackling any subject, then non-fiction could be a natural route to follow. So, where to start? Read the rest of this entry »




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