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The Curious Incident of the Dog…

September 29th, 2017

First, thanks to Caroline for last week’s blog – and I hope you’ve been enjoying reading the winner and runners-up of our student-only writing and photo competition.

We’re currently running another free competition for Writers Bureau students, and this time all we want you to do is write a short, 150-word readers’ letter about an animal. It can be a humorous true-story, a tragic tale, an angry stance against some injustice or you may think of some other interesting angle to take. This is a short piece of writing so make sure every word counts.

The second part of the competition is to take a photo to go with your letter or, if you can’t take your own photo, supply a copyright-free image that we can use on the blog. The closing date for this competition is 28th February 2018 so you’ve got plenty of time to get your entry in – full details and rules of entry can be found if you log in to the student area. Read the rest of this entry »




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WB Student Only Writing & Photo Competition Runner-Up

September 27th, 2017

In our first student only competition students were asked to write a short 300-word article about a place in their village, town or city that is special to them. They had to write it as a travel piece to entice people to visit. This exercise was designed to help students look at the familiar with new eyes. There were two runners-up who are being published on this blog. Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing for Online Markets

September 22nd, 2017

As a first-time blogger for the Writers Bureau, please let me introduce myself – it’s relevant.

My name is Caroline Foster. I studied the Comprehensive Writing Course for beginners, with the Writers Bureau, way back in 1997. This was on the brink of the PC revolution when query submissions, article ideas, and carefully crafted covering letters were printed off and sent to editors, by post with an SAE. Emailing editors was rare. After almost 20 years writing non-fiction, in July 2017, my first book was published. Write From the Start: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Professional Non-fiction. Although I had intended to include a sub-chapter on writing online, mainly as part of the Writing for Business chapter, it became apparent that, writing for online markets was actually a much bigger topic than I had envisaged. Read the rest of this entry »




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WB Student Only Writing & Photo Competition Runner-up

September 20th, 2017

In our first student only competition students were asked to write a short 300-word article about a place in their village, town or city that is special to them. They had to write it as a travel piece to entice people to visit. This exercise was designed to help students look at the familiar with new eyes. There were two runners-up who are being published on this blog.

Our first runner-up is Linda Holt with An Unexpected Visit to Beeston Bump

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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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