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December 20th, 2012

Thank you to Vanessa for last week’s blog. For someone like myself, who has no aspirations to write a novel, NaNoWriMo sounds a daunting task, but I’m sure that the satisfaction at the end of the month must be tremendous. There’s still the polishing process – but that’s something that I think many writers enjoy.

A round of applause for our tutors

As we’re coming to the end of 2012 I’d just like to say thank you to all our Writers Bureau tutors. They make a terrific effort to help and encourage students to achieve their ambitions and make the most of their talents. But they all have their own writing careers in addition and their own deadlines to meet. For example, Jackie Sherman has just published Writing Non-Fiction that Sells which is available from Amazon for £2.06. It covers all types of non-fiction writing from newspaper and magazine letters to fillers, reviews and articles as well as books, writing for the Web and many other areas.

I also notice that three of our tutors – Alison Chisholm, Simon Whaley and Linda Lewis will be running workshops at Weetwood Hall, Leeds at the beginning of March. So if you live in the area or feel like treating yourself to a useful weekend break, it’s something to consider. If you have one of them as your tutor, it’s the ideal opportunity to meet them in the flesh!

Closing date for 2012 Poetry Competition approaching fast

Don’t forget, you’ve only got until 31st December to enter our 2012 Poetry Competition and there is the same deadline for our free monthly competition. This month it’s a Treasure Hunt. The letters you find spell out a well-known carol and everyone who gets this correct will be entered in a draw to win a Writing for Children Course.

Support a new charity with your writing

And before I leave you, I’d just like to bring to your attention a new charity – Words for the Wounded. Their aim is to raise funds to help with the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women. They currently have a writing competition running. Entries can be poetry, fiction or life writing – more details are available on their website. Prizes are £250, £100 and £50 and the entry fee is £3.50 per piece. The closing date is 11th March next year – a great chance to support a good cause and win your writing some recognition into the bargain!

So, that brings us to the end of this last post of the year. All that remains is to wish you a very happy Christmas and hope that 2013 will be a healthy and prosperous year for you all. And, with millions glued to their TVs every Saturday evening watching ‘Strictly’ I can’t resist closing with… Keep Writing!

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