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Christina Jones wins Category Award for the Best Bitch at the Melissa Nathan Awards.

Former Writers Bureau student, Christina Jones, won the Best Bitch Category Award for her character Helen in Heaven Sent at the second annual Melissa Nathan Awards for Comedy Romance.

"I'm so pleased as well as very surprised! And am still an award winner if not THE award winner...." enthused Christina.

Lisa Jewell picked up the top prize for her novel 31 Dream Street. Other awards announced included the Best Bastard category going to Victoria Clayton for Sebastian in A Girl's Guide to Kissing Frogs; Most Loveable Heroine to Fiona Neill's Lucy in The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy; Best First Kiss for Louise Harwood's Hippy Chick; and Best Happy Ever After for Carole Matthews' The Chocolate Lover's Diet.

The judging panel featured the writer and comedienne Jo Brand, mega-selling novelists Joanna Trollope OBE and Sophie Kinsella, comedy actors Jessica Hynes and Alan Davies and Tesco's Head Book Buyer, Gaynor Allen.

Christina pipped Linda Gillard and Elizabeth Chadwick at the post to win the Pure Passion Award at a night full of fun, laughter and ladies in chiffon at Manchester Town Hall on 21st February 2008.

She is well known for her romantic comedies, such as Hubble Bubble and Heaven Sent. Her next novel, Happy Birthday, will be out in August 2008 published by Piatkus Books.

Christina's writing career blossomed after taking The Writers Bureau Comprehensive Creative Writing Course. Not only does she write romantic novels but also writes regularly for magazines.

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Christina Jones

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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