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Sharing your Writing

Published on 25th April 2014 by Emily in Creative Writing

Whether you're writing a short story a novel or an article, the hardest part is showing it to other people. It might sound silly, but there's something very personal about writing. It's easy to write for yourself, even if you do think you are your own worst critic, but writing for other people is a whole new experience. We'd like you to be brav...


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Article Writing

Published on 16th April 2014 by Shelley Bowers in Creative Writing

So, you fancy writing articles and you know that they are one of the quickest ways to get published, but where do you start? Well, if you Google writing articles, you are no doubt going to be presented with a list of what are commonly known as content mills, which are places where you can, generally, find low paying jobs. Here's an article wit...


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Connecting With Other Writers

Published on 9th April 2014 by Shelley Bowers in Creative Writing

Let's be honest, writing can be a lonely business. You'll probably spend many hours sat at your desk, or wherever, researching and writing by yourself. Some people cope with this fine, others not so well. If you fall into the latter category, here are some ideas for connecting with other like-minded individuals. Writers RetreatsA good way to g...


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Finding Markets for Your Children's Writing

Published on 2nd April 2014 by Shelley Bowers

Now that our new Writing Fiction for Children course is up and running, I thought I'd offer up some ideas on finding publishers for children's writing. Market research is a term that can send perfectly rational people into a panic. Where do I start? Who do I contact? How do I know if they pay for submissions? These are just some of the questio...


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Getting the Details Right!

Published on 26th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers

So, you've enrolled onto one of our courses, you're working your way through and you realise you need to carry out some research. Maybe you're writing a medical drama or a crime thriller and you want it to be as authentic as possible, which means getting the little details right. Why is this important? Well, if you want to convince someone tha...