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My Path to the Writers Bureau

April 3rd, 2015

DSC00644.blogI’d always loved writing short stories, ever since I was a little girl and as I grew up I kept on writing. I was fortunate enough to win a couple of small competitions but when I tried to write for the women’s weeklies and other national magazines, I received rejection after rejection. So I put my dream of being a writer to bed and focused on my career as a bank executive.

 

After an accident, I couldn’t carry out my job anymore and had to spend a long time recuperating. It was then that I saw the ad for The Writers Bureau. Read the rest of this entry »




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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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World Book Day’s Here Again

February 13th, 2015

windsor-castle-blogAs usual, thanks to Nicki for last Friday’s blog post. It got me looking through our tutor records and it’s amazing how many of them are ex-students. Students that have been successful and have then approached us to see if they could work with the next ‘generation’ of would-be writers. And the reason that we have so many is that it works!

Because they have studied with us they are familiar with the course and how we are organised. But more importantly, they know what it feels like to be a student – the trepidation of sending off your first assignment and wondering what the feedback will be like; the apprehension of making your first submission to a magazine…  So, they can tailor their feedback accordingly. Read the rest of this entry »




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