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Helen Summer

February 2019

Studied the Comprehensive Creative Writing course

Helen Summer"Since completing The Writers Bureau creative writing course in 2001, I have become the published writer of three non-fiction sports books (including one released in USA), been commissioned to ghost-write a book, had short stories and articles published nationally and internationally, and won or been short-listed in competitions.

"Interviews on radio and via social media regarding my books have followed, together with book signings at Foyles, Waterstones and sporting events around the UK, plus the Portsmouth Literary Festival in 2012.

"I am currently working on my first non-sports non-fiction book, continue to write articles and am a regular contributor to the Food and Drink Guide for both Dorset and Hampshire. I also prepare critiques for the Society of Women Writers and Journalists’ scheme for unpublished writers.

"Prior to partaking in The Writers Bureau course, I was unpublished and knew nothing about the world of writing. Without them, I am convinced I would still be unpublished. The course not only helped me become a publishable writer, but perhaps more importantly, it also taught me about the publishing world and how best to approach it. I will be forever grateful to The Writers Bureau for taking me from unpublished, hopeful writer to published author and, in the process, helping me to realise what I thought was an impossible dream."

Annemarie Munro Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2022

"I have seen my writing journey as an adventure: What can I write? What am I best at? What new aspects of writing can I discover and contribute towards? I have welcomed the wide range of modules covering different types of writing, challenging me to try new aspects in style and content, pushing me gently outside my comfort zone with encouragement.

"I signed up for the course in December 2020 as a Christmas present to myself and I started the first module in January 2021. I have had eight pieces published: three paid earning £1080 and a star letter where I won a £250 hotel voucher."

Annemarie Munro - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2022

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