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Small But Perfectly Formed – Flash Fiction

November 8th, 2019

First, thanks to Willie for last week’s post. It’s interesting to hear him say that he thought writing for children would be easier than writing for adults. Lots of people phone up for a chat about enrolling on our Writing For Children Course and they often seem to think that this will be the case – unfortunately, as Willie found out, it’s not!

If anything, it’s harder because you have to know what age group you are targeting; you then have to be able to use words and ideas that are appropriate to this particular age group. You have to convince a publisher that you know what you’re doing in this respect and you also have to steer clear of overworked and old-fashioned concepts. What was popular when you were a child – or when your children were young – might not be top of the publishers pops these days. Finally, you’ve always to keep parents and teachers in mind. Because these are the people who have the money and will buy the books you write. If you’re writing books for young children, parents want them to look attractive and be fun to read aloud. If you’re writing for older children they want to be sure that if you do touch on a difficult topic it is done with tact and, let’s be honest, there is always the issue of ‘political correctness’. 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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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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WB Student Only Writing & Photo Competition Winner

September 13th, 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. The winner received £25 prize and publication on this blog.

And the winner is Sharon Webster with Cleeve Hill

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Around The World With The Writers Bureau

November 4th, 2016

WorldHi folks,

It’s been a while since I wrote anything here. So, how y’all keeping? Everybody well?

Things have changed a bit for me. Most notably – our youngest has started high school (and, fingers crossed, he seems to be alright). So, with a view to keeping the wolf from the door, I’ve said farewell to my days as a house-husband and started work here at the Writers Bureau – in the office.

Now, I’ve never worked in an office before, and maybe in a couple of months the novelty will wear off. But for now, I’m enjoying it. They’re a nice crew, the Writers Bureau team. We all celebrate each others birthdays, everyone brings treats back from their holidays, and we have cream cakes on Fridays, so I’m having to watch my waist-line. Read the rest of this entry »




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