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We had a fantastic response to our 20th Anniversary Award Competition with a large number of students, from all over the world, sending in entries. It was brilliant to hear from current and old students alike. But the most amazing part for us at The Writers Bureau was the warmth and sincerity that shone through for WB and our tutors.

Picking a winner was tremendously difficult. You'll see why when you read the top entries. Enjoy!


Tim Skelton, Netherlands

Tim Skelton

Second Place:
Justin Tonna, Malta

Justin Tonna


Third Place:
Sarah Rees, UK

Sarah Rees


Runners up in no particular order:

Hazel McHaffie

Hazel McHaffie, Midlothian

Hazel wanted to make her academic work in Medical Ethics more accessible to people and decided to write the themes into novels. Further to her Writers Bureau course Hazel has had five novels published and appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2008.

Col. S/. RayeCol. S. Raye, India

Encourage by an army colleague to pursue his love of writing, Colonel S Ray enrolled with The Writers Bureau in 2000. He has had over a hundred articles published – one resulting in a committee forming to look after the welfare of stone quarry workers and their families in Pune.


Patricial HolnessPatricia Holness, Devon

Pat's course helped her to structure her approach to writing. Now she writes full time and has a regular monthly column in Devon Life.


Michael FoleyMichael Foley, Essex

Michael had tried to get published for twenty years before he took The Writers Bureau course. Now he's had numerous article and eight books published.


John Williams

John Stephen Williams, Swansea

John managed to overcome his self doubt about his writing when he enrolled with The Writers Bureau. He has been published in the UK and overseas and is now a qualified copywriter.



Alice Vinten Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2020

“All I knew when I joined up with The Writers Bureau is that I'd always wanted to write and never had the nerve to start. I've been an avid reader from an early age, and 'being a published writer' seemed like an unobtainable dream. The Writers Bureau opened my eyes to possibilities that I'd never considered before - writing for magazines, pitching for non-fiction books, and researching the writing industry. On the 18th April 2019, my memoir On the Line - Life and Death in the Metropolitan Police was published in paperback by Two Roads Books.”

Alice Vinten - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2020

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