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Write Your Way Through Lockdown

November 6th, 2020

First, thanks to Alison for last week’s post. I’m sure it can seem rather daunting joining a writing circle – all those people who you think might be able to write better than you… being expected to share your work with others. But I hope she has put your mind at rest: that nothing will be expected of you that you don’t want to share and it can be a very positive and re-assuring way of taking your writing forward to the next level.

OK, so we’re at the start of a new month-long lockdown! Last time it happened we had the optimism of spring and early summer stirring in our bones. This time, after a long, soggy autumn I think most of us are feeling a little jaded if not downright unsettled. It’s certainly not as much fun clearing up soggy leaves and cutting back dead foliage as it was bringing your garden to life, sowing seeds and planting vegetables. Those daily exercise and well-being walks aren’t nearly as enjoyable in the cold and rain. So now’s the time to look for something else and, as winter draws in, writing is the perfect antidote. Read the rest of this entry »




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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 Bard Goes First Class

April 8th, 2016

venus-and-adonis-blogI know you’d be hard pressed to miss the fact that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, as there’s been so much coverage on TV, radio and in the press. But I do love the idea of having 10 first-class stamps, each giving a well-known quote from one of his works. They’ve chosen some great ones and here they are:

Much Ado About Nothing:  There was a star danced and under that was I born.

Venus and Adonis:  Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. Read the rest of this entry »




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Travelling Back In Time

September 18th, 2015

The-Portico-Manchester-blogThanks to Simon for last Friday’s blog. That’s one of the great things about writing – you never know where it will take you and what doors it will open for you. It doesn’t matter whether it’s crafting an article for your favourite magazine, plucking up the courage to self-publish your book or trying your hand with a competition entry – there could be a pleasant surprise waiting for you. Read the rest of this entry »




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Are Women Really From Venus and Men From Mars?

September 4th, 2015

boyd-blogFirst, thanks to Iain for last Friday’s blog. I hope you enjoyed it and that it made you smile. I’ve worked with Iain for more years than I care to remember and he’s one of the most accomplished people I know for injecting humour into his writing. You don’t always have to be looking for a belly laugh from your audience – a sly chuckle is often just as good. And, you shouldn’t have to try too hard – it should come naturally from your material and your turn of phrase. Read the rest of this entry »




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