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Copywriting – What Can You Do?

February 26th, 2014

Next week’s Course of The Week is our Complete Copywriter course. This means you’ll get £25 off the course fees next week only making it a great time to think about a new career in copywriting. But, what do copywriters do exactly? Read the rest of this entry »

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Five Things Every Writer Needs To Know About LinkedIn

August 19th, 2013

Hello All,

Over the next two weeks you’ll receive an email with the whole expert article in it. After that, the email you’ll get on a Monday will only contain a link to the articles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Send your Twitter review and win a Writers Bureau course

April 23rd, 2010


First, thanks to Alex for last week’s blog.  I found it quite reassuring – no-one makes more mistakes than me.  I can never decide whether it’s old age creeping up or simply that I’ve not got to grips successfully with multi-tasking!

Over the past few weeks, the more writing magazines I read, the more people seem to be moaning about markets for short stories drying up in print-based magazines.  This might be true, but this certainly isn’t the case on the Internet.  Yes, I know it doesn’t usually pay as well – sometimes not at all – but it does help you to hone your skills.

According to Samuel Johnson ‘Nobody but a blockhead ever wrote for anything but money’.  But I suspect that if Sam were alive and writing today he’d take a rather different view.  What about the personal satisfaction?  And more important, what about using it as a means to an end?  If it helps to build up your portfolio of published work it’s not a waste of effort.  It takes you a valuable step nearer being in a position to earn from your writing.

OK, down from my soapbox and onto the lighter side.  Do visit our website and look at the winner of March’s 21st birthday competition.  It made me smile, but Anthea also sent in some other ambiguous notices that were almost as good.  Here are a couple:

Don’t let worry kill you off.  Let the church help.

(Church noticeboard)

Place your donations in the envelope along with the deceased person you want to remember.

(Church newsletter)

And don’t forget this month’s 21st Birthday competition – write a twitter review to be in with a chance of winning one of our Writing for Profit Using the Internet Course.

The weather’s forecast to be glorious again this weekend so I’ve every intention of avoiding the election propaganda and making the most of it while it lasts. Easier said than done!

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Save £60 on The Complete Copywriting Course

September 25th, 2009

Don’t forget, if you’re already a Writers Bureau student we’re still looking for submissions for the next issue of Chapter and Verse. The theme is ‘open’ and the editor, Rob, is accepting submissions until mid-October. Why not visit the Writers Bureau Student Area to read the previous two issues and get details of how to send your own work.

Whether you’re a published writer, or still aspiring to get your work into print, one of the most useful organisations is the Society of Authors. As you’d expect, they have some authoritative guides on agents, copyright, permissions, vanity publishing, rates and guidelines for writers (important when you’re asked to set a fee for your work), plus much more. The membership fee if good value, and with over 8,500 members they have the ‘clout’ to still do what they were founded for in 1884: to protect and further the interests of authors.

Last week I mentioned our new Proofreading and Copy Editing course, but we’ve been busy these last few months and have also made another addition to our range: The Complete Copywriting Course. As the name suggests, it explains everything you need to know to set up in business as a copywriter – whether you want to give up the day job, boost your existing income or top up your pension. In the September issue of E-zee Writer there’s a £60 introductory saving on the course. Even if we can’t tempt you to enrol, I think you’ll enjoy the ezine.

And finally, I’m relieved to see that I’m starting to get comments on previous posts. I was beginning to think that only my mum and her cat were reading my blog…

Until next time!

PS Don’t forget that the closing date for our Twitter short fiction competition is 30th September. It’s free to enter – so get exercising those writing muscles.

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Flash Fiction Competition!

September 11th, 2009

The wedding went well, I didn’t disgrace myself by having too many glasses of champagne – or even sit on my hat. The bride and groom had a terrific day and I can now start concentrating on my new role as ‘mother in law’. I’ll have to make sure I don’t turn into a Les Dawson-style caricature – though my husband might argue that it’s already a lost cause!

National Poetry Day takes place on 8th October and this year’s theme is Heroes and Heroines. You can take part by submitting images of poems you’ve located in strange and unusual places or read blogs of famous poets. There is a huge range of events taking place all over the country, including Carol Anne Duffy – the new Poet Laureate – reading from her collection at the Winchester Discovery Centre. See  the National Poetry Day website for more details and what’s going on in your area.

Here at Writers Bureau we’re holding a Twitter ‘flash fiction’ competition. View examples of flash fiction here. As you know, that means you’ve got just 140 characters in which to write your short story. I’ve seen it done in 50 words before; so we’re being kind to you. Your story can have any theme and be in any genre. The prize is a copy of our new ‘How to Write for Competitions – and Win’ course. Read more about the ‘flash fiction’ competition here.


I’ll be judging the entries and the closing date is 30th September. If you win, the copyright will remain with you but we would like permission to tweet your story and for it to appear on our website.

You can send as many entries as you wish to tcomp@writersbureau.com. So, get your creative thinking caps on as I’m looking forward to receiving your entries for the Twitter Flash Fiction Competition.

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