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Alison Spencer

May 2019

Studied the Comprehensive Creative Writing course and the Proofreading and Copy Editing course

Alison SpencerMy journey with The Writers Bureau began at the end of 2009/beginning of 2010 when I undertook their Comprehensive Creative Writing course. I went on to have several articles published in newspapers and magazines and in 2011 won a short story competition in Writing Magazine. This made me grow in confidence to realise that I actually could write! I began look for freelance writer jobs and took up a position with a CV company writing CVs (I started off my career in recruitment). In 2011 I set up my own CV writing and career coaching business, The Write Career and wrote a fortnightly career column in my local paper. I have since published my first book, “Creating Your Classic Career.”

A few years later I was back at The Writers Bureau to take the Proofreading and Copy Editing course. I love English grammar and reading so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to enhance and develop my freelance skills within this remit. It was such a helpful and worthwhile course and afterwards I was confident that I could find some proofreading work. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t happen overnight. As mentioned in the course, you have to go and find the work, it won’t just come to you.

Since becoming a proofreader I have had the pleasure of working with authors and students in various genres, some with dyslexia who find proof reading and editing their own work extremely difficult.

The Write Career

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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