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The Bard Goes First Class

April 8th, 2016

venus-and-adonis-blogI know you’d be hard pressed to miss the fact that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, as there’s been so much coverage on TV, radio and in the press. But I do love the idea of having 10 first-class stamps, each giving a well-known quote from one of his works. They’ve chosen some great ones and here they are:

Much Ado About Nothing:  There was a star danced and under that was I born.

Venus and Adonis:  Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Story A Day Keeps Stress Away

November 14th, 2014

GG2014-slider12-blogFirst, thanks to Kim for Last Friday’s blog. After reading her winning entry in our 2014 Short Story Competition I can vouch for the fact that she certainly knows how to sprinkle fairy dust on her own work!

And while we’re on the subject, next Monday marks the start of National Short Story Week. If you visit the website you can read short stories, listen to short stories and it may even inspire you to start writing short stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Flash Fiction!

September 1st, 2014

If you check out our website you’ll see that we’ve launched our latest competition – and this time it’s for a Flash Fiction story! So our YouTube clip this week is writer Marc Nash talking about the growing popularity of flash fiction. He explains what falls into this category, how you can write it, plus he reads and discusses some of his own work.

He also provides a wonderful anecdote about Ernest Hemmingway, who has always been praised for his ‘spare’ prose. Challenged to write a very short story he did so in just six words: For sale, baby shoes never worn.

We’re not suggesting you write your competition entry in six words – in fact, we’ve been generous and allowed you 500. So enjoy the challenge!


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Networking for Writers

August 30th, 2013

First, thanks to Tony for last week’s blog. I hate the idea of going to any event solely with the idea of networking in mind – it seems so clinical and calculating. But, if you follow Tony’s advice and try to make it into an exercise in helping other people then I’m sure you’ll find it easier and, in the long run, you’ll get more from it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flash Fiction Competition!

September 11th, 2009

The wedding went well, I didn’t disgrace myself by having too many glasses of champagne – or even sit on my hat. The bride and groom had a terrific day and I can now start concentrating on my new role as ‘mother in law’. I’ll have to make sure I don’t turn into a Les Dawson-style caricature – though my husband might argue that it’s already a lost cause!

National Poetry Day takes place on 8th October and this year’s theme is Heroes and Heroines. You can take part by submitting images of poems you’ve located in strange and unusual places or read blogs of famous poets. There is a huge range of events taking place all over the country, including Carol Anne Duffy – the new Poet Laureate – reading from her collection at the Winchester Discovery Centre. See  the National Poetry Day website for more details and what’s going on in your area.

Here at Writers Bureau we’re holding a Twitter ‘flash fiction’ competition. View examples of flash fiction here. As you know, that means you’ve got just 140 characters in which to write your short story. I’ve seen it done in 50 words before; so we’re being kind to you. Your story can have any theme and be in any genre. The prize is a copy of our new ‘How to Write for Competitions – and Win’ course. Read more about the ‘flash fiction’ competition here.


I’ll be judging the entries and the closing date is 30th September. If you win, the copyright will remain with you but we would like permission to tweet your story and for it to appear on our website.

You can send as many entries as you wish to tcomp@writersbureau.com. So, get your creative thinking caps on as I’m looking forward to receiving your entries for the Twitter Flash Fiction Competition.

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