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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:

 
 

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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