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Enjoy Your Studies!

July 3rd, 2015

Megan-blogI’ve been working for The Writers Bureau as a Student Services Advisor for almost a year now, helping new and old students alike. Over that time I have dealt with what feels like thousands of queries, and with most questions repeatedly cropping up day after day I thought that it would be a good idea to offer you a few of my ‘Top Tips’.

1) Utilise Your Resources

The distance learning aspect of the courses can sometimes make you feel like you are on your own but, believe me, you are definitely not! Not only do you have the advantage of working with brilliant tutors, but you have an Advisory service that you can turn to for all of your questions and queries. We can be contacted by phone, post, fax, and email, so there’s no excuse not to get in touch with us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Constrained Competition

June 23rd, 2015

typewriter-BlogSince we did the limerick competition back in May (click here to read the winning limericks) I’ve been looking into constrained writing – any kind of writing that has to fit a pattern or obey particular rules. We all know some of these: haiku; sonnet; iambic pentameter. Even if you don’t know the specific structures involved, most of us have an idea what they are. But what about univocalic poetry, where verses use only one of the eight available vowels, or chaterism, where the length of words in a phrase increase or decrease in a uniform way, like: “I am the best Greek bowler playing?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Where There’s a Will …

March 30th, 2015

Knights-Vampire-BlogCarole Taylor’s a stubborn lass. Even back at school she told everyone that, one day, she was going to write a book. Now, granted, she did get a bit side-tracked raising a family (and with her daughter the deputy head of a London primary school, son a departmental leader in an international bank, I think we can assume she put a reasonable amount of effort into that.) More recently, there’s been a major health scare with her heart. And now, as well as working part time for a TV production company, her first grandchild’s appeared on the scene … Nonetheless, she never did give up on that book thing and, in the end, didn’t just write one, but five. They’re not only written either, she’s had them all published as ebooks by an American online publisher. So, if any of you out there were thinking it was too late to get started on a writing career – read on. Read the rest of this entry »

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What a to-do over a review!

November 3rd, 2014

On-Writing-199x300To brighten up your Monday I thought I’d give you something that will, hopefully, make you smile. It’s a short  snippet from Radio 4 – A L Kennedy On the Writing Life.

A L Kennedy, if you’ve not encountered any of her work before, is a prize-winning novelist, short story writer… and stand-up comedian. She’s won a number of awards for her work and has published  On Writing based on her blog for the Guardian Online.

In this monologue she takes a quirky view of something you can look forward to when you’re a famous author  –  odd reviews, bad reviews, good reviews, and how to deal with them!  She also looks at the benefits to be gained from having a win in a reputable, well-established literary competitions.

So sit back, relax and enjoy!



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First Floor – Writing, Articles and Stories – Going Up!

October 1st, 2014

Palak-Shah-blogDoes the name Palak Shah mean anything to you? Probably not (yet). But listen, she lives in Vadadora, a university city with a population of 1.8 million which sits on the banks of the Vishwamitri river in Gujarat, western India. With an MBA in finance, she’s already worked for four years with multinational companies, and spent three years as a professor in educational institutes – so she’s a bright spark. Read the rest of this entry »

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