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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.



Theresa Gooda Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2021

“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

Theresa Gooda - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2021

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