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Writing Fiction for Children

Published on 19th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers

Writing fiction for children is one of those genres that plenty of people think is easy. It can't be that hard to throw a few words together for kids, right? Wrong! It's one of the trickiest genres to write, that's why we've just launched a wonderful new course - Writing Fiction for Children - just for you! But, before you get as far as writin...


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There's a Big Debate Raging

Published on 12th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers in Creative Writing

Does the name Hanif Kureshi mean anything to you? Well, if you've not heard already, he caused a bit of a scandal at the recent Bath Literary Festival, and a huge media storm, after commenting that writing courses are a waste of time. Why is it a scandal? He's entitled to his opinion isn't he? Yes, of course he is, but I would have thought that ...


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Short Story Course

Published on 5th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers

We've got a new course and as the title of this blog suggests, it's for those wishing to learn how to write short stories and it's perfect for beginners. So, what do you write stories about once you've enrolled? Well, inspiration can come from all over. Here are a few suggestions to help you on your way:People watch - this is one of my favourit...


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Five Top Tips for Travel Writing

Published on 25th February 2014 by Shelley Bowers

I realise that summer seems like a long way off, but this really is the time you should be thinking about proposing your travel articles for publication in the warmer months. And, remember you don't have to go anywhere to write travel articles - simply find somewhere of interest nearby and write about that. And to help you along, here are five top ...


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Do You Need to Write Reports?

Published on 18th February 2014 by Shelley Bowers

You may think that you don't need to write reports, but if you look at the Oxford English Dictionary definition, which is that a report is "a statement of the results of an investigation or of any matter on which definite information is required," you'll realise that reports are used in all kinds of situations. In fact, you probably read report...