First, thanks to Kym for last week’s blog. I must confess to envying her the fact that she has a fully-fitted writing shed. I’ve always loved the idea of having a comfy little snug in the back garden where you can sit and listen to the rain on the roof, watch the birds (and cats!) and get on with your writing in peace and quiet. Perhaps it’s something I should put on my Christmas list – but I doubt Santa, or my long-suffering husband, will humour me.
Yesterday, when I was writing this, it was World Book Day. I always think this is a great idea because it gets children thinking about the books that they have read and their favourite characters. For those of you who are not familiar with World Book Day, it’s when children in schools around the country are encouraged to go to school dressed as their favourite book character. They pay £1 for this privilege and the money raised is used by Book Aid to send children’s books to third world countries where they may be in short supply and literacy levels need a boost. Last year over 60,000 books were sent to Africa alone.
In addition, 15 million £1 book tokens are given out to children in the UK and Ireland and they can use these to buy one of the 10 books shown on the World Book Day website. If they prefer a different book then they can put the £1 token towards the cost of it!
So everyone is a winner, there’s a lot of fun in schools around the country, and today’s keen readers are more likely to become tomorrow’s writers!
If you are a children’s writer – or you know a young person who aspires to write – then you might be interested in a site set up by Writers Bureau student, Storm Grayson. It’s called The Young Writers Newsletter and it’s bright, breezy and full of useful information. There are articles, poems, stories for various age-groups plus a list of competitions and guidelines. Well worth a look!
Finally, if you’re a Writers Bureau student, please read our Latest News For Students that you can access by logging in to the student area on our website. It’s full of information about what’s going on here at present and the additional benefits you can get by being a student. There are two that I particularly like. The first is the fact that as a WB student you are now entitled to a NUS (National Union of Students) card which entitles you to discounts in lots of shops and entertainment venues, and costs only £12. You’ll soon make that, and much more, back through your savings.
The second is the new, free-to-enter competition that we are holding to celebrate the fact that WB truly is a global community of students. The winner will receive a £25 prize paid through PayPal or as an Amazon Voucher. Plus, the top three will be individually published on our blog.
All we want you to do is write a short, 300-word article about a place in your village, town or city that is special to you. Write it as a travel piece to entice people to visit. This exercise will help you to look at the familiar with new eyes. Think about what it is that makes this a special place. Why would someone from the other side of the world want to come and visit? Next, take a photo to go with your text and send in both. The closing date for this competition is 31st August 2017 so you’ve still got plenty of time.
Remember, there’s no entry fee for this competition but you must include your student number along with your name, and send your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
My guest blogger next week will be Julia Thorley, who won our recent Association of Freelance Writers competition with her poem ‘Burning Desire’.
Author: Diana Nadin
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