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Dan Roberts

May 2021

Studied the Comprehensive Creative Writing Course

Dan RobertsI started with The Writer's Bureau back in 2014 and completed the Comprehensive Creative Writing course after 5 years. I’m also proud to say I became a finalist in the 2019 Student of the Year Awards, which was a huge confidence boost.

During my time studying, I secured a couple of regular and ongoing freelance writing positions, and now I'm onto my third. It's not quite enough to make a part-time wage but it's a great supplement and has helped me to create an extensive portfolio of work.

I ended up writing multiple film reviews for a local news publication in that time too, which eventually encouraged me to start my own film-focused blog. In turn, the blog led to me being asked to do film reviews for a local radio station.

My dream, however, is to become a fiction writer, and as the course gave me everything I needed to confidently put pen to paper, last year I finished my first manuscript; a Christmas-themed children’s novel.

Naturally, rigorous proofreads, edits and rewrites continue, but the writing techniques I've learned from The Writer’s Bureau are invaluable, and I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be sending my manuscript to publishers later this year.


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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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