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February 26th, 2010

First, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog.  I’ve got a sneaky feeling that she won’t be able to resist signing up for something new to study before too long!  Once you get the bug, it’s addictive.

Marrakech was everything I’d expected – fantastic Islamic architecture, atmospheric winding alleys, the beautiful Majorelle gardens and snake charmers in Djemaa el-Fna.  I didn’t mind them charming snakes but I did object to them slinging them round my husband’s neck and then insisting that I take a picture…for a fee, of course!  What I really wanted was a photo of the craggy local man with his flute and cobra, not one of my other half sporting an embarrassed grin and a thin, docile yellow snake instead of a scarf!


I’m not sure I’d ever make it as a travel writer, but our student of the year, Cindy-Lou Dale certainly has.  I’ve just read her book ‘Secrets of a Professional Travel Writer’ and it really does what it says in the title.  There are plenty of useful tips and some invaluable information.  But what comes over most strongly is that you’ve got to have loads of self-confidence.  If you don’t ask, you don’t get and when someone does turn you down, you mustn’t take it personally.

Finally, this week, don’t forget to check out the winner of  February’s 21st Birthday Celebration Competition.   Congratulations to Su Hughes for her tender, evocative poem ‘Grandma Ruby’.  There were some terrific entries – it just goes to show what a polished poem you can produce in only 21 words! And while you’re at it, don’t forget that you’ve still time to enter this month’s headline-writing competition.

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Win the Writers Bureau’s Complete Copywriting Course!

February 12th, 2010

It’s been an odd week to say the least!  I was going to a meeting in London on Monday and caught the 11.00am train from Manchester – not an unreasonable time for a 2.00pm meeting.  Unfortunately, the overhead electric wires went down and we sat at Leighton Buzzard for hours, then moved slowly on to Tring and sat there for what seemed like days and finally arrived in London at 4.30.  My meeting had already finished and there was nothing for it but to get straight back on the train to Manchester (yes, you’ve guessed it – also delayed).  I’m usually pretty appreciative of Virgin Trains – but they’ll have to come up with some pretty good compensation to make up for this one.

We’ve now moved on to our second 21st Birthday competition – which gives you the chance to win our Complete Copywriter Course.  All you need to do is come up with a headline for our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course.  If the winning entry is good enough we’ll use the headline in our advertising.  So, not only do you win a great course but you might also get to see your work in newspapers and magazines around the world – certainly something to boost your career if you  have ambitions to earn your living as a copywriter.

Next week I’m handing over to one of our tutors, Esther Newton, as I won’t be here.  I’m off to Marrakesh for a long weekend of luxury and sightseeing. But knowing my track record, I just hope there won’t be any hitches or delays!

And before I go, I’d like to suggest that you check out Words with JAM – an extremely professional writers’ newsletter.  It’s beautifully presented, and has lots of interesting and well-written articles. It’s free and I just hope that the team will be able to maintain such high quality without charging.

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