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Justin TonnaJustin Tonna – Starting a Writing Career

“The tuition and help I got from the course gave me a whole new life.”

Justin Tonna

 

From Salesman to Successful Writing Career

Justin was a high-flying insurance salesman with a dream – to be a writer. On finding out he was soon to be a father, he decided to take a huge leap of faith and do something about it. His motivation? To be able to look his daughter in the eye, tell her that you should follow your dreams – and mean it!

Freelance to Salaried Writer to Editor-in-Chief

Justin started his writing career as a freelancer and, as his skill improved, was soon offered a junior writer’s position. Within a short period of time he achieved the position of Editor-in-Chief at a large publishing house. He oversaw 15 publications, managed a team of full-time writers, freelancers and a graphic design studio. He revelled in the challenge and soon improved the circulation of the publications he was responsible for producing.

Starting a Communications Business

However, it was not long before Justin felt the need for a new challenge. So, with another leap of faith, he decided to become the boss of his own communications company. After his first successful year in business, he’s:

 
 

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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