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Do You See Yourself As A Travel Writer?

February 9th, 2018

First, thanks to Robin for last week’s blog. I agree with him wholeheartedly that non-deadline deadlines are the most terrifying thing. I have a strong tendency to procrastinate and unless I’ve got a firm deadline to work to I put things off. This leads to anxiety (when I know I should be doing a piece of writing but can’t quite make myself get on with it) and eventually panic when I have to rush to get it done in time. Some people, apparently, thrive on this but I just wish I had more self-discipline.

Now, I’ve got quite a few interesting things for you this week. First, the winner and runners-up in our Student of the Year Award 2018 are now on our website. Congratulations to them – especially the winner Vicki Harwood. They’ve all got inspirational stories to tell, so why not have a look. And don’t forget, if you’re a Writers Bureau student and have had some success you could be next year’s winner. We start accepting entries towards the end of the year and then the judging takes place in January. We aren’t just looking for the most successful person or the one who has earned the most money – we want people whose writing has taken them down a path that has helped to change their life in some way. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Writers Bureau Moves to New Offices

August 22nd, 2011

First, thanks to Jayne for last week’s blog. I must admit that I’ve never kept a diary, but know that for many writers it’s both therapeutic and provides a fund of useful anecdotes and memories that they can use in their work.

New Words get seal of approval

The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has just been published and I’m always interested to see what new words have been included. This time, mankini (yuk) and cyberbullying feature for the first time, amongst others. I’m all for ensuring that good grammar and punctuation conventions are maintained (especially the correct use of the apostrophe!) but I find it reassuring that our wonderful language is continually changing and evolving.

Cash in on your trip

I noticed recently that The Daily Telegraph is still running its travel writing competition with £200 for the best ‘Just Back’ article each week plus £1000 annually for the overall winner. It could go some way towards funding your spending money for your next trip.

On the move…

I’m writing this blog sat at my desk, surrounded by cardboard boxes, waiting for the removal men to come and empty my office. After many eventful years at Sevendale House, Writers Bureau are on the move. Some staff are already up and running at our new premises and we’re all looking forward to settling in. It’s exciting – the start of a new era. But it will still be sad when we turn off the lights here and lock the doors for the very last time.

My guest blogger next week (while I unpack all my stuff and get organised) is Writers Bureau tutor, Sue Wilkes. So thanks Sue, for giving me breathing space.

PS Correction to my blog a fortnight ago: despite working closely together, the petition to save Radio 4’s short story output was started and is being run by National Short Story Week, not the SOA.

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Win £200 in the Telegraph travel writing competition

August 6th, 2009

I’m always amazed by the number of would-be writers who say that they never read other people’s work. Apparently, they don’t have time!

I don’t believe you can be a writer if you don’t read…anything and everything, omnivorously. It doesn’t matter whether it’s pulp or classical literature; fiction or non-fiction; Internet or paper based. If you don’t read other people’s work you’re not giving yourself the tools you need to write.

The best way of getting inspiration and improving your style is to see how various other people use words. You can then start playing with and manipulating your own writing and you’ll soon start to sense an improvement. OK, lecture over. It’s probably time to climb down off my hobby horse!

But if you want to read what others have written – and have the opportunity to win yourself a prize at the same time, visit the Telegraph. They’re running a weekly travel writing competition for articles up to 500 words. The prize is £200 in foreign currency of your choice. But have a good look at previous winners before you submit.


Finally, if you need help finding markets for your work, check out the new Freelance Market News website. The Editor, Angel Cox, has added some useful resources, including literary festivals, competitions and sites for writers. And a big plus is that as a subscriber you’re eligible for a free appraisal of your work – poetry or prose.

Let me know your views on the reading/writing debate, and until next week…

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