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Keeping A Creativity Diary

February 24th, 2012

simon whaleyHave you ever had one of those days, where you’ve sat down and somehow, churned out 3,000 words of your next novel, or a short story, and wondered: how did I do that? Why can’t it be like this every day? Read the rest of this entry »




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Writers Bureau Student Long-listed for Romantic Novel of the Year Award

January 21st, 2011

First, thanks to Anne for last week’s blog. As she says, blogging has become virtually a pre-requisite if you want to promote yourself and bring the world to your website. But don’t just look upon it as a tool – take her other advice and get the enjoyment that comes with not having to write to others’ requirements!

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Writers Bureau tutors revealed!

December 18th, 2009

When we had our tutors’ annual meeting in October we took the opportunity to make short film clips of some of them talking about their writing – these are now available on our website.

There’s Simon Whaley talking about non-fiction writing; Alison Chisholm discussing poetry; Lorraine Mace explaining how to put humour into your writing and Stephanie Baudet giving tips on writing picture books for children.  They’re all different – but all equally interesting and informative.

I’ve decided that every few weeks I’m going to ask one of our tutors to do a guest blog – at least you’ll get a break from my witterings!  So, next week it’s the turn of Penny Legg.  Penny is also one of our tutors and fits this between her own writing and editing ‘The Woman Writer’ the magazine of The Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

So, all that remains is for me to wish you a very happy Christmas.  But before I leave you, bear in mind the results of a recent survey suggesting that the average time for the first row to start in homes around the country on Christmas Day is 9.58am.  So, be prepared!  Make sure you’ve put a few good books on our Christmas list. And as soon as the present opening is over – even before the wrapping paper has been disposed of – head for the smallest room in the house with your stash of books and lock yourself in.  By doing this there’s a chance you will still be speaking to your loved ones by the time Dr Who comes on the TV and you may even enjoy Christmas day.  Bah humbug to you all!




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