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Writing Around The World

March 6th, 2015

David-Kinchin---tutor---blogI first came to the Writers Bureau as a student in January 1991.  The study course was a Christmas present to myself.  My previous career had been cut short through no fault of my own and I was desperate to write – full of fury and energy.  I had been both physically and psychologically injured following a major assault in July 1990.

The Bureau, and especially my tutor Irene Yates, taught me how to channel my emotions into my writing.  It worked.  It worked for me career-wise because I started to sell my written work. It worked for me personally because writing is incredibly therapeutic and a great way to relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life.  Writing cured me, personally.  My submission of assignments led to me becoming ABCC (Association of British Correspondence Colleges) Distance Learning Student of the Year 1992. Read the rest of this entry »




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Helping the Next Generation of Writers

February 20th, 2015

Jane_Austin_Englan_blogI began my writing career like many other would-be writers, I suspect – by reading magazines and thinking ‘I could do that!’ It wasn’t until I began writing in earnest that I discovered it isn’t really as easy as it looks!

The Writers Bureau course was ideal for me because I could work at home at my own pace, especially as my writing had to be fitted around the needs of my children. My tutor Anne Jones (now sadly no longer with us) gave me the confidence to submit my work to editors.

One of the great strengths of the course is that students get to try their hand at nonfiction as well as fiction and I was surprised to find that I enjoyed writing about history. I was overjoyed when I sold my first article – to the Lady – and even now, seven published books later, I still get a buzz from seeing my name in print. Read the rest of this entry »




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