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Lizzie Chantree

March 2019

Studied the Comprehensive Creative Writing course

Lizzie Chantree"The first writing course I ever signed up for was with The Writers Bureau. I wasn’t able to finish the course due to work commitments, but the encouragement I received from my tutors on the course stayed with me and gave me the confidence to begin a career in writing years later.

"I currently have five books on Amazon: Babe Driven, Love’s Child, Finding Gina, Ninja School Mum and If You Love Me, I’m Yours. The two most recent novels have been published by Crooked Cat Books this year. I’ve received lovely reviews for my books and have a loyal readership.

"Before I began writing, I appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast, Open House with Gloria Hunniford and the BBC's World Service, as well as many local radio stations, thanks to becoming one of Fair Play London's female innovators for my invention, Runaway Spray, a spray which stops ladders in stocking and tights. My move into writing has been a lifelong dream.

"I am active on Social Media, with 61K followers on Twitter. I run a networking hour that regularly trends on Twitter called #CreativeBizHour and have an author blog and run a Facebook group for writers and creatives. I live in Essex, with my husband and two children.

"In between the school run and chasing around after my family, I sit in my rooftop studio, daydreaming about new characters and how to make my readers smile."

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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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