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Winners of the 2013 ‘Writer of the Year Award’ announced

January 21st, 2013

Thank you to Emily for raising a question that I suspect must go through every writer’s mind at one time or another: Why would anyone want to read what I write?  I think it’s incredibly reassuring that there is a group of like-minded people out there who can offer support and advice.  But also remember that if you are already a Writers Bureau student you can chat with other students, share your concerns and seek advice in the online forum. Equally you can, of course, share your successes and have a laugh.  Life as a creative writer isn’t all about self-doubt!

Long Live the Historical Novel!

But I do feel doubt creeping in when a read a book that is superbly written – I find myself awestruck and envious in equal measure.  It happened this week when I started reading Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning novel Wolf Hall.  It’s not one I’ve rushed to read as I spent a lot of time at school studying the Tudor period and the ‘four Thomases’ – Wolsey, More, Cromwell and Cranmer.  Plus I’m a fan of C J Sansom’s books about the Tudor lawyer Matthew Shardlake who works, albeit reluctantly, as an agent for Cranmer.  So I feel I know the plot!  How wrong can you be? Wolf Hall is fascinating. I might know how Cromwell meets his end – but I still can’t put the book down and I’ll definitely be moving on to Bring Up the Bodies when I’ve finished it.  Winning her both the 2012 Man Booker and the Costa Novel Prize it will be interesting to see whether it really is a worthy sequel.  And if you want something considerably darker, and even more gripping, try Beyond Black. It’s Hilary Mantel at her darkest.

Worthy Winners

Now on to people who should have every confidence in their writing – the winners of the Writers Bureau ‘Writer of year 2013 Award’.  We got some brilliant entries this year: people who had earned a lot of money from their writing; people who had achieved their dreams of getting published; people who had found writing therapeutic in difficult times – and those for whom studying one of our courses had provided a bit of all those things.

So congratulations go to our overall winner, Hannah Evans, and to the four runners up, Jane Isaac, Sally Gutteridge, Pamela Sinah and Angela Kecojevic.  And, of course, to all the other people who entered.  The announcement has already been made on our Facebook page and the winners’ stories will be on our website within a few days – so do have a browse through them.

Our free monthly competition for January gives you the opportunity to win a Novel and Short Story Writing Course.  All you have to do is write the first paragraph of a novel entitled 2013 – The Year the World Burned. But make sure it’s scary if you want to be in with a chance of winning.

So, I’ll leave you to work on that, and until next time…

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