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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

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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