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My Path to the Writers Bureau

April 3rd, 2015

DSC00644.blogI’d always loved writing short stories, ever since I was a little girl and as I grew up I kept on writing. I was fortunate enough to win a couple of small competitions but when I tried to write for the women’s weeklies and other national magazines, I received rejection after rejection. So I put my dream of being a writer to bed and focused on my career as a bank executive.


After an accident, I couldn’t carry out my job anymore and had to spend a long time recuperating. It was then that I saw the ad for The Writers Bureau. As many others do, I pushed it to the back of my mind but it kept coming to the fore. I thought it could be just what I needed.  After those local competition wins, I’d struggled in my writing but I didn’t know where I was going wrong. I felt sure The Writers Bureau could help. With the money-back guarantee, I knew I had nothing to lose.


I found the course books invaluable and they taught me how to write for all sorts of publications, as well as for a range of media. I learnt how to research markets properly and how to write articles, short stories, fillers and letters so that they sold. Having the support of a tutor was fantastic; he encouraged me in everything I did and added to the advice in the course books.


Soon the pieces of work from my assignments were selling and before I knew it, I’d earned my course fees back and more. Articles sent in on spec turned into regular commissions and things built from there. By following my tutor’s advice I was confident to branch out into other forms of writing including copywriting and I’ve just had a series of children’s books accepted by a publisher.


Having achieved so much through The Writers Bureau, I wanted to do the same for other would-be-writers and becoming a tutor has fulfilled that wish. It’s actually been more rewarding than my own writing, especially when a student contacts me to let me know he’s had something published. I feel like a proud parent. The best feeling of all, though, is when I read a student’s piece of work and think, ‘I wish I could write like that’. There have been several, and one student who finished the course recently sent me a very exciting e-mail to let me know that two publishing houses were fighting over her book. You can’t get much better than that.


A little while ago, I started a blog designed to offer advice, support, ideas and market information to writers. You might like to take a look and see if it can help you: https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com


Esther Newton is a Writers Bureau tutor who work with students on fiction, non-fiction and copywriting.


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