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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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Writer of the Year Award

January 29th, 2016

rachel-dove-blogAs you probably already know, we hold a ‘Writer of the Year Award’ and our winner for 2016 has just been announced as Rachel Louise Dove. Congratulations Rachel! Since enrolling, she has been doing well selling articles and stories to a variety of magazines. The real feather in her cap, though, has been winning the Flirty Fiction Competition that Prima held last year in conjunction with Mills & Boon.

But the Award isn’t just about the writer who has sold the most articles/stories or made the most money. One of the reasons why we chose Rachel is because she has used her writing to further a good cause – raising over £2000 for cancer charities by contributing three of her stories to anthologies. Read the rest of this entry »




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Writers Bureau announces the Writer of the Year Award winner!

February 4th, 2011

First, thanks to Louise for last week’s blog.  I hate having to stand up in public and speak – so joining Toastmasters certainly won’t be on my agenda.  But her experience just shows how you can use your writing as a springboard for other pursuits and, of course, vice versa. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Writers Bureau 21st Birthday celebration!

December 4th, 2009

Next year it will be 21 years since the Writers Bureau was launched (no comment here about how old that makes me feel!) and we’ll be holding all kinds of exciting competitions and events to celebrate.

We’ll keep you posted on our website but when anything specific is imminent I’ll let you know so that you can join in.

Anyone who’s seriously considering a career as a writer should join the Society of Authors.  You do already need to have some success under your belt, although self-publishers are eligible.  But the good thing is that as soon as you are offered a contract you can join and the Society will then vet the contract for you and highlight any potential pitfalls.

The site has lots of useful information and has just introduced a new ‘rates and guidelines’ page giving some idea of what writers can realistically expect to earn.

Do you ever throw books away?  If you’re like me, you don’t – it’s a sin!  So, you end up sending them to charity shops or forcing them on friends.  So why not try BookCrossing.  It’s the practice of leaving a book you’ve read for someone else to find by following your online directions.  Apparently, over 800,000 people around the world are now doing it – so it could also give you the chance to make some new reading buddies.

And finally, if you‘re a Writers Bureau student, don’t forget our Writer of the Year Award with its £250 prize.  The closing date is 31st December, so you’d better get your skates on.




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Coming to YouTube soon – Writers Bureau tutors!

October 30th, 2009

Another week gone by and more shops being swamped by the tsunami of Christmas commercialism. I feel particularly sorry for all the staff on check-out tills and suspect that by December 24th they’d like to do the kind of things to Noddy Holder and Roy Wood that can only be accomplished with a blunt instrument or a chain saw!

OK, rant over. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we were getting our tutors together for the annual meeting. We had a good turnout and I think everyone enjoyed it. (I know I did!) Simon Whaley gives his impressions on his blogspot and one of the newer additions to our team – Penny Legg – also gives her take on the meeting.

As you may gather from reading Simon’s post, we took the opportunity of filming some of the tutors talking about interesting aspects of their writing. They’ll be appearing on YouTube and I’ll let you know as soon as the clips are there. And if you are already a WB student you can log in to the student area to see short biographies of many of our other tutors.

Before I go, don’t forget that entries to our annual Writer of the Year Award are now being accepted. If you’ve had some publishing successes it’s well worth looking into as the first prize is £250.

Until next time…




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