Here are some comments from our students. Their views say more about the course and tuition service than we ever could.
“The course gave me the confidence to try out different types of writing for different age groups. The wonderful thing is I’ve discovered that I love writing poetry. Now I write poems for both children and adults. I’ve had a poem published in The Caterpillar Magazine. I have also self-published two books for 11-14 year olds on Kindle – ‘Queen Buggolene’ and ‘Beyond R Ken’ which is under my pen name of Jane Clack. And I was shortlisted in the Bridport Prize with a poem I wrote for the poetry module of my course.”
“I am a special needs teacher and I work with children who experience learning difficulties due to Dyslexia Syndrome. But, I always felt that I wanted to be a writer and write stories for children and novels for young adults. It was then that I did an enormous amount of internet research and discovered The Writers Bureau. In eight months, I had two books under publication!
“The course which was both very rewarding and interesting was a brilliant experience which added a completely new dimension to my work and my life. The assignments helped me to organise my thoughts, and have a clear vision of what I would like to write about with the best way to write it.
“I am very grateful to my tutor. She was very understanding because English is my second language. She was excellent and gave me constructive comments, appropriate feedback on my writing and helpful insights all the way through the course. I feel that The Writers Bureau’s Writing for Children course has laid a sound foundation for my future career.”
“The Writers Bureau helped me write more creatively, giving my clients more confidence in my work, encouraging them to give me more and more work.”
Since enrolling on the Children’s Writing course with The Writers Bureau Cynthia has achieved a level of success she can be truly proud of. She had already experienced some degree of publishing success, but wanted to focus on creative writing for children, building on her existing skills to produce work with a greater impact enabling her to reach a wider audience.
She found the course stimulated her imagination and improved the effectiveness of her writing by improving her creativity. This led to repeated success with publishers such as David C.Cook, for whom she wrote lesson units on Christian discipleship for orphans. They described her work as “age-appropriate” and “excellent content for young orphans”. She was also asked to write a whole series of books – 11 in total – for CEEFI. This shows how highly regarded Cynthia’s writing was, as CEFFI usually give this task to more than one writer. Another publisher, IBL Ministries, published 39 of Cynthia’s books, some of which also featured her illustrations. They said she was “very creative and committed in her work”.
A number of periodicals, for example “Child”, “Deccan Herald”, “The Hindu”, “MSN India” and “The New Indian Express”, have published Cynthia’s work and her books have been published by “Good Housekeeping”, “Royal Star Books” and “OM Books”.
In addition, Cynthia has been executive editor of the newsletter for the Toy Association of India and editor of Parenting Education. And, just to keep busy in the free time that’s left, she’s also set up her own business, Art Corner, providing content for other children’s publications.
“When I began the course, I think I liked the idea of writing more than the actual process. By the time I’d read the first module, I was inspired! Each segment has taught me so much. Writing has come alive for me. I am due to retire in January and my big ambition is to have my children’s book published.”
P Holness – Runner up in The Writers Bureau 20th Anniversary Award – read her story here.
“I'm thrilled to have just received a letter from the editor of School Journal in New Zealand, accepting my story, Marama's Dog for publication! She says "It's a simply told and touching story, which will raise some interesting questions for young readers. I hope we'll see more of your work."
“School Journal is read by primary school children in every school in New Zealand, and in some of the Pacific Islands, and is a respected, good-quality publication. I'm absolutely chuffed!
“The payment is to be NZ$485 (about £168) for first publication rights, so that goes most of the way towards covering my course fees!
“Thank you very much for your advice and support, which has made it possible for me to have a story published.”
"I always felt that I wanted to be a writer and write stories for children and novels for young adults. It was then that I did an enormous amount of internet research and discovered The Writers Bureau Writing for Children course. In eight months, I had two books under publication!"