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Writing for Children – Using What You Know

July 12th, 2013

One writing rule often quoted is to write about what you know. Whilst I don’t think this has to be strictly adhered to – providing you research your subject properly I think you can write about most things – it’s a good starting point. It can be especially useful when writing a children’s story, because you’ve been a child.

I know the world has changed since our childhood, children live in a world of technology, they dress, speak and play differently to how we did. But I don’t think their feelings and fears have changed that much, and that’s what I’m suggesting you tap into. Read the rest of this entry »




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Finding Markets

July 11th, 2013

One of the most common questions we’re asked is ‘How do I find a market for my writing work?’ So, this week, we’ll have a look at some of the most obvious places you can look to find work and feature a few of the more obscure ones too! Read the rest of this entry »




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2013 Poetry Competition Open for Entries Next Week

July 5th, 2013

First, thanks to Andy for his advice last week on writing for online markets and I hope you’ll actually have a look at some of the sites he mentioned – even if you eventually decide they are not for you. Read the rest of this entry »




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How do You Study?

July 3rd, 2013

The great thing about studying on courses like ours is the flexibility. You choose when you study and for how long, and you choose when to send your work to us for assessment. This is great when you want to fit your course into a busy lifestyle. But, it also means that you need to be highly organised so that you make the most of the time you have and avoid the dreaded procrastination.

One of the ways you can do this is to create a study plan. It’ll help you decide on a number of issues, such as: Read the rest of this entry »




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