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writing with imposter syndrome

You Can’t Be an Imposter Because I Am

BY KRISTINE LACO Sheena wasn’t a writer, but she gave the best writing advice. She was my instructor at a cognitive behavioural therapy group. ‘What

writing with emotion

Emotions: My Tool for Writing

BY GEETHA RANGANATHAN Sitting at the city library in Parramatta, I asked myself what drove me to write. As the clouds passed by, I realized

find your sound as a writer

Best Writing Tip: Find Your Sound

BY SHAYNA LEWIS My music career ended at age 15. I’d just finished my second year of high school. As a music student, I’d been

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Gina Van Staden, Graduate at The Writers College

‘N Onderhoud Met Oud-Student, Gina Van Staden

In 2016 slaag Gina van Staden die SA Writers College Tydksrifjoernalistieke kursus met onderskeiding. Haar alomvattende kreatiwiteit laat haar paadjie in baie verskillende rigtings kronkel – van skilder en

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Q & A with Award-winning Novelists

Q & A with award-winning Authors Alex Smith and Tania Hutley: Getting Started as a Creative Writer

Discover answers to burning questions about creative writing:

How to find time to write on top of a day job • How to fire up creativity • How to get over rejection by publishers • The importance of a writing buddy or writers’ circle • How to get published for the first time • The value of self-publishing • Submitting to agents and publishers worldwide • Does the increasing popularity of audiobooks affect the way you write? • What to do if you keep getting work rejected • Is it realistic to be a full-time writer? • How much do you write for your reader and genre? • How to get past the first page/chapter • How much plotting and planning is required • Should you use Scrivener? • Top writing tip for aspiring writers

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Rosemary Hepozden Grammar for Writers tutor at The Writers College

Spotlight On Rosemary Hepözden

Rosemary Hepözden has three decades of editing, writing and teaching experience. She is the author of three nonfiction books, and has a fourth book due

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Spotlight On Author Lisa Lazarus

Lisa Lazarus is a freelance journalist for a variety of publications, including Men’s Health, Femina, Psychologies, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Femina, Healthy Pregnancy and the Mail &

Helen Brain, Tutor at The Writers College

Spotlight On Author Helen Brain

Meet Author and Writing Tutor Extraordinaire, Helen Brain Helen Brain is the author of over 60 books for children, an adult memoir and many short

Karen Jeynes, Tutor at The Writers College

Spotlight On Karen Jeynes – By Kyle Keegan

Karen Jeynes is a well-known, award-winning playwright whose work includes “Laying Blame”, “sky too big”, “Don’t Mention Sex”, “Kiss Kiss”, “The Happy Factory”, “I’ll Have

Creative Writing Course tutor at The Writers College Andrew Salmon

A Writer’s Inner Workings: Andrew Salomon

Andrew Salomon is the author of  the novels The Chrysalis (Oxford University Press) and Tokoloshe Song (Random House Umuzi). His writing was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First

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Writing Tips from Around the World

These essays on writing are written by writers from around the globe. Read the best writing advice that they have ever received.

writing with emotion

Emotions: My Tool for Writing

BY GEETHA RANGANATHAN Sitting at the city library in Parramatta, I asked myself what drove me to write. As the clouds passed by, I realized

dealing with rejection

Best Writing Tip: Fail Better

BY TOM BENTLEY When I first started sending article queries out in the eighties, callow youth that I was, I sent them to all the

It’ll Never Be Perfect

BY PATRICIA A. NUGENT As I grappled with my father’s volatile behaviour, hoping he’d change as a result of his infirmity, his hospice worker consoled

The Old Stump Story

BY DAKOTA LOVE My writing journey began when I was a wee girl of four years old. I wrote a story about a Native American

Writing SEO Copy for Websites

Is Writing Your ‘Ikigai’?

Can you believe it’s already February? How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If they’re already falling by the wayside, perhaps they weren’t the

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Best Writing Advice: Show Me

BY KRISTIN HOYT My numb, icy fingers grasp the frozen metal handle. Whoosh! A burst of warmth wraps around me like a familiar hug as

confidence as a writer

The Only Failing is Never Trying!

By Helen Aitchison Our lives are riddled with self-doubt. Some more than others. We worry, analyse and focus on the negative. ‘I can’t do it!’


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Six Top Tips for B2C Copywriting

What is B2C copywriting? In contrast to business-to-business (B2B) copywriting, business-to-consumer (B2C) copywriting is the development of copy material for companies that sell directly to

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Write First, Revise Later

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Travel Writing Advice

Travel Writing From Home

Overseas adventures face an uncertain future after the COVID-19 pandemic. ANDREW EARL-PEACOCK explores ways you can keep your inner wanderer satisfied while staying local. “Travel

10 Travel Writing Tips Writers Must Know

Award-winning writers Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais have travelled the world side-by-side writing travel articles for more than 20 years. They answer essential questions

8 Essential Apps To Boost Your Travel Writing Career

Anyone can share their travel stories on the Web. However, it is the quality of your writing, editing and photos that distinguish a professional from the run-of-the-mill tourist.

Here are eight apps to help you become the most efficient digital nomad.

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Know Your Writing Rights

Copyright Confusion?

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Copyright Q & A For Journalists

What Is Copyright? Copyright law protects the works of artists, and prevents others from publishing, profiting from or proffering an original creative work as if

On Writer's Motivation

How to Keep Writing

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Just Hit Send

By AMY MULLIS The Enter key is a dragon with sharp claws and teeth that drip the blood of those who dared to trespass. It

On Procrastination

What Stops You from Writing?

Fear, self-doubt, procrastination, waiting for perfect conditions – there are so many reasons why we put off getting started on our writing dreams.

At The Writers College, we help writers reach their goals, by encouraging a daily writing routine and removing the doubts from the writing process.

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