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This month we have a great article on dealing with rejections from Simon Whaley, Top Ten Tips will help you keep safe on the Internet and Useful Websites is as useful as ever!

Hello Dear Readers,

HAPPY NEW YEAR and, if you were lucky enough to have time off over the festive season, I hope you are well rested!

I can hear the snapping and cracking of New Year’s resolutions being broken all over the place! Haven’t broken any of mine, but that is simply because I haven’t actually made any yet! However, when I do I will make sure that I plan and organise my time properly so that I can get the most out of it. If you find you struggle with this aspect of your life you could try the Effective Time Management Course, run by our sister college Business Training. It’s a great way to get yourself super organised.

January sees the announcement of the winners of the popular and prestigious Costa Book Awards and TS Eliot Poetry awards.

The Costa Book Award winner will be announced on January 25th. The category winners have already been announced. So, if you want a good read for 2011, and to see the standard you have to reach to be considered for such an award, this is the place to start.

And the annual TS Eliot Prize, described by some as ‘the world’s top poetry award’, will be announced on January 24th. If you fancy listening to the shortlisted works being read, you can at 7pm on Sunday January 23rd at Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall. It’s a “unique opportunity to hear the best contemporary poets reading their own work”. Should be a fantastic evening and was a sell out last year, so hurry if you want to go.

This month we have expert advice from tutor Simon Whaley on dealing with rejection positively. Ten Top Tips shows you how to protect your work, and yourself, from internet baddies and Useful Websites features one to get you reading, one to get you connected and three, yes three, to make you feel you’re not alone.

And, just to remind you, there’s still time to enter the prize draw we are holding in conjunction with INDEPENPRESS – it’s a great prize and could set you up for your first publishing success of 2011!

Happy writing!


P.S Don’t forget our Effective Time Management course is perfect for organising the year ahead!