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11th March 2010

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Writers Bureau Celebrates 21 Years


Freelance writing college The Writers Bureau is celebrating 21 years in the business with a host of special events and competitions.

Susan MetcalfeThe Bureau was set up in 1989 to help people with a passion for writing to learn the secrets of success in the publishing world. The organisation has since gone from strength to strength and offers a course that anyone can benefit from - regardless of age or educational background.

As part of the birthday celebrations, monthly competitions will be held that are all themed around 21, including a literary quiz, treasure hunt and Twitter Review. Prizes are set to include Writers Bureau courses, books, tokens and more. This is all taking place at and people are also being encouraged to leave a birthday message. Anybody who has entered a competition or left a greeting will then be entered into a grand prize draw in November, with a laptop as a prize.

“We thought that 21 years of helping people get into print for the first time and making their writing dreams come true was worth shouting about, so we want people to come and join in our birthday celebrations,” says Writers Bureau Chairman Susan Metcalfe. “My father set up The Writers Bureau to help new writers find their feet in the publishing world - he asked me to join by telling me the job could last a week or a life-time, but I’ve been involved for half my lifetime so far and we are still going strong!

“We want to use our milestone year to encourage budding writers to seek us out – we have a new website with thriving forums and lots of activity for students who want to be part of a lively writing community. Students and non-students alike can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as using the website to read our blogs, sign up to E-Zee Writer, enter competitions, check out the books we sell and look up details about our courses and monthly markets magazine - Freelance Market News.”


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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