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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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Make Money From Standing On Your Soap Box

April 5th, 2019

First, thanks to Cheryl for last week’s blog. I’ve got a copy of Vengeance Is Mine waiting for me and I’m really looking forward to reading it this weekend! I will, of course, report back and let you know what I thought about it.

One of the modules in our course deals with writing readers’ letters to magazines and newspapers, and ‘filler’ items. These days ‘fillers’ can be quite difficult to put your finger on as they can range from short articles and tips on travel, food or money-saving through to quizzes and humorous anecdotes. Some students complain that working in this market isn’t ‘real writing’. It may not seem like it, but it can certainly bring in a bit of extra money – not to mention the enticing free gifts that various publications offer in lieu of cash. Read the rest of this entry »




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Any Feedback On Your Writing Is Better Than None!

October 30th, 2015

andrea-hewitt-blogMy first claim to fame was in my English lesson at junior school, back in the late 70s. We were doing a project on Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, which was a big hit at the time.  The best writers were to be given the chance to talk to the author asking him ten of our chosen questions.  I won for the girls, another student won for the boys.

I can remember sitting in the school office, waiting with eager anticipation whilst our teacher dialled his number.  I went second, speaking to him without being able to contain my excitement. I’ve got to be honest – I can’t remember half of my questions but just remember feeling extremely proud that I’d be given the chance to talk to what was then a celebrity, at least in my eyes. Read the rest of this entry »




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