"My Writers Bureau course has led to this year being the catalyst for me to make the most of my experiences instead of just musing."
"Besides seeing my first book in print, ... I am writing flat-out, and getting paid what I can now describe with pride as a decent salary."
Here are some comments from our students. Their views say more about the course and tuition service than we ever could.
Cathal Coyle, Northern Ireland
“I joined the Freelance Journalism course run by The Writers Bureau and it has literally transformed my outlook on my ability to write for a variety of publications.
“When I commenced the course with The Writers Bureau I must admit I was a bit ‘green’ on where to look for writing markets, and my ambitions were quite modest. I was hoping to sharpen my existing skills and the prospect of having an assignment marked by a qualified tutor appealed greatly to me. I received positive feedback from my tutor on my early assignments and this built my confidence to a great extent; so that by Easter I was approaching editors of magazines with the article ideas that I had formulated.
“My short-term intention is to continue combining writing for newspapers and magazines with my current job. I’m enjoying my writing ‘sideline’ but I may find as time goes on that I want to make the transition to full-time writer.
“I’ve considered this quite a good year – it’s been the most I’ve ever made financially (circa £1200) between January and the end of November, and I would expect to make substantially more next year due to my involvement with the local press. In terms of writer development and self-esteem, The Writers Bureau course in Freelance Journalism has been invaluable, and furthermore has been instrumental in creating a deeper awareness of the marketplace.”
“The course has helped me to focus on techniques and markets. I can’t claim to have been the most prolific of students – but I have had fun. During the year I have earned about £850 from articles.”
“I’ve probably earned in the region of £1,200 this year, and I’m pleased with the wide variety of publications which have accepted my work, and the range of subjects which I have covered. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much without the course.”
“This course has enabled me to gain confidence and focus in writing. I have been in the Daily Nation and Standard newspapers in Kenya.”
“The Pullmans Weekly News was advertising for a local reporter. I applied for the position and got it. I think it’s as much your success as mine and I will always be grateful to you for giving me the skills to get the job I’ve always dreamed of.”
“The Writers Bureau College of Journalism helped me discover the hidden treasure known as Freelance Journalism. The amount of money I am making on a weekly basis as a Freelance Journalist is higher than what many of my contemporaries are receiving as staff salaries in their organisations, coupled with the fact that I work at my own pace and deal with many media organisations direct from home.”
“With the step-by-step process and personalised guidance from my tutor, my writing skills moved to a higher level.
“Apart from my achievements in having a column in the Bohol Sunday Post (a weekly tabloid) my online copyediting jobs have tripled and one of my regular clients is based in Thailand.
“As a graduate of The Writers Bureau College of Journalism, I have been hired as a part-time college professor of Holy Name University, College of Arts and Sciences handling major subjects in Mass Communication.”