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What does WriteStars do? We offer a helping hand to writers of all levels - we teach, encourage, edit, critique, advise and nurture. And we run competitions and masterclasses.
Do you need a Quick Critique of your work?
Let us know. It's just £36 for up to 1,000 words (£49 for a 24-hour turnaround) - and we will give you professional advice on your plot, characters, structure, grammar et al. Email email@example.com or write to WriteStars Ltd, 43 Berkeley Square, London. W1J 5FJ.
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Call our ...
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020 3078 7825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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IT'S EASY TO ENTER OUR WRITING COMPETITIONS TOO!
Visit our 'Competitions' page to find out how to enter WriteStars' new Spring 2017 competition "Lights, camera ... action!".
Prize: Champagne, £100 cash and a free critique of up to 1,000 words of your work.
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG
We're posting articles and tips, and we've even written a short story live on our blog. We'd love to hear from you, too.
Welcome to WriteStars
*** URGENT MESSAGE (23 April 2017) ***
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*** NEW COMPETITION ***
Enter WriteStars' new writers' challenge - "Lights, Camera, Action!" It's all about using the five senses, and "show, don't tell". PRIZE: £100, plus a bottle of champagne, plus a free critique.
Click here ( 'Competitions' page ) for details.
*** SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP ***
11 June 2017, in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Author and social media guru Ruth Livingstone reveals the secrets of successful Facebook, Twitter and blogging with this very practical day course. Booking via Stamford Arts Centre - 01780 763203 or www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/workshops/.
With practical demonstrations, Ruth first explains how to use Facebook for social reasons - and how to use it to promote your business. The course then moves on to Twitter - how to set up an account and how to tweet, with images. And in the afternoon - it's blogging. Why it's a good idea to have a blog, and how easy it is to set up your own, whether you use it for diaries, promotion or business news. Any queries? Email us on email@example.com or call 020 3078 7825
*** Our previous competition: 'The Final Word" Results ... ***
We are very happy to announce the WINNERS of our "Final Word" competition ... scroll down to read their winning entries ...
Congratulations to MARGARET MOREY, who wins £100, a personalised bottle of Champagne, and a free WriteStars critique.
Congratulations too, to runners-up JANICE CLAYTON (2nd), who wins a bottle of Champagne, and BARBARA MCHALLAM (3rd), who wins a free critique
WINNER ... 'The Final Word', by Margaret Morey
"Well, she thought, as she walked out of the stale, institutional air for the last time, things rarely turn out as you imagine. She had always assumed that her working life would end with a celebratory pizza, a jokey speech, and a hangover. But instead, it had been a bowl of spinach soup with the boss. It had been a strange bonding, differences pushed aside, united against a common enemy, both clinging to the same hopeless piece of wreckage, as the ship went down. She filled her lungs with the fresh spring air outside, closed the door behind her, and wondered what the next one would open."
RUNNER UP ... 'The Final Word', by Janice Clayton
This morning I was a schoolgirl on her way to a university interview. Now, it seemed, I was a feather in a stationmaster's cap, a comic turn to a professor as well as the world's worst orienteerer. I had travelled a long way in one day.
AND ... THIRD ... 'Rose Garden', by Barbara McHallam
The first trees she'd planted died within a few years. Then she'd noticed a rose tree with the same name as her husband, Graham Thomas. She'd bought five of the trees and planted them in her rose garden. Through careful nurturing and pruning, those trees has lasted many years.
A few days after Margery finished pruning her favourite Graham Thomas rose trees, the angels came for her. Her last thought was for the people who were to buy her old bungalow. She hoped they wouldn't be too upset when they found the skeleton of a man with a knife in his chest, beneath the rose trees bearing his name.
Thank you to all entrants - we've said it many times, but there is a LOT of talent out there!
... TOP-SIX SHORTLIST ...
Congratulations to ... (in no particular order)
Joyce Walker, with "Twice in a Lifetime", brings a famous tragedy to life; Janice Clayton's "The Final Word" is our shortest entry, but she makes every single word count; Sylvia Thomson's "Final Word" charts tragic final moments and makes us wonder; Margaret Morey writes an uplifting ending very much of our times; Barbara McHallam pens an entertaining sting-(thorn?)-in-the-tail ending with "Rose Garden"; and Bernie Jordan's moving poem "Silence" marks the end of a truly terrible time.
The winner will be announced in the evening of Monday 16 January 2017.
Thank you to all who entered - it's been our most successful competition so far, and it's revealed, once again, just how much amazing talent is out there. Here, in no particular order, is our long-list - the top 12 entries to this very popular competition. If there is no title beside the name, the writer has used "The Final Word" as their heading.
Celia Windsor; Joyce Walker, with "Twice in a Lifetime"; Claire Buckle, Essex, with "The Fifty-Year Itch"; Sylvia Thomson, Fife; Janice C, Merseyside; Carol T, Cornwall, with "When Every Second Lasts an Hour"; C.J.S., with "Down to the Wire": Angela Fish, Tonteg, Pontypridd; Mel Eldridge, Eastbourne; Margaret Morey, Corbridge; Barbara McHallam, Burnley, with "Rose Garden"; and Bernie Jordan, with her poem, "Silence".
Names will be filled in as we get writers' permission. It has been very hard to pick out the top 12, and even harder to choose the top six.
AND, on a different topic, don't forget - anyone can now publish a book ...
Our sell-out autumn seminar with Lizzie Lamb on self-publishing, or independent "indie" publishing, showed just now respectable and popular this option is. Not to mention potentially money-spinning. Independent author Lizzie is even selling in the US. No mean feat!
NY Resolution: "This time next year I'll have written my book/short story/blog ..."
With the words "vanity publishing" rightly chucked on the slush pile, now is the perfect time to pick up your pen/boot up your lap/desktop, dust off those ideas old and new, and GET WRITING!
"But where do I start?"
At the beginning. No need to do everything at once. Give yourself achievable targets. Set time aside each day, even if it's only 10 minutes. Pop a notepad and pen in a pocket (yes, we are that retro, because it works) and go for lots of walks - it frees the mind - don't sit and stare at the screen! Drink lots of plain old water - it makes the brain work better. Decide what you want to do - short story? Novel? Non fiction? Plan. Draw a timetable. Plot your, er, plot and characters. And give yourself lots of pats on the back.
Most important of all ...
... consign all those negative "ooh I can't do it, I'm not good enough" thoughts to that slush pile - do that now, and do it every time you catch yourself thinking these mental monsters. We promise you ... Yes, you are good enough. Yes, you can do it. And yes, you WILL do it. One ... two ... three ... GO!!
And we'd love to hear how you are getting on - do drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help, too.
Read all about the'Final Word' competition on our 'Competitions' page .
Updated 14 March 2017
SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS OF SOME OF OUR AUTHORS' PAST WORKSHOPS
Keep an eye out for Sue's next masterclass - or contact us to create your own class with a group of like-minded friends ...
'Passion on the Page' - a masterclass in writing erotic fiction
Date: Saturday 8 February 2014, from 10am - a terrific day, and a big thank you to Kettner's for the wonderful champagne breakfast and attention to detail all through. We loved our Italian maitre d, Jack!
'Kid's Stuff! Write for Children and Young Adults'
Date: 21 September 2014
Venue: The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, Cambridge
In a lively one-day workshop, popular author Tamsyn Murray showed us exactly how to write for this burgeoning market - and how to stand the best chance of getting your work published.
'Magical and transformative'
"A lovely atmosphere"
"Thank you Emma for that calm room and big desk on which I wrote the first pages of my new novel"
Write a Novel in a Day
1 February 2014, at the Grange Hotel, York
Donna reprised her creative and very practical novel-writing workshop on Saturday, thanks to terrific demand.
Writers learnt, among other things, how to create fascinating characters, write sparky dialogue, plot a riveting story ... and find a publisher.
Thank you to all who attended both Donna's masterclasses in novel writing and made them such a success. If you missed them, there'll be other workshops to come!
We'll post details here ...
(Last update: 14 March 2017)