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How to help your child become a more confident writer

Most children love stories and they all have amazing imaginations. With a little support and guidance, they can become a confident writer too. It goes without saying that if you want to improve at something, first you have to practice. The more you practice, the better you will be. I’ve put ... READ the POST

Writing prompts for young writers

One of my groups at the Storymakers Club is the Young Writers. They are aged eleven or above and get together once a fortnight for some writing practice and to work on their current project. It's a great little social group too. This week I used music as a writing prompt. The song I chose ... READ the POST

Story writing practice for reluctant writers

For reluctant writers, the mere mention of story writing is enough to bring them out in a cold sweat. I know from experience that my own little reluctant writer will do the minimum he can get away with when it comes to English homework. He might have ideas, but he won’t follow them up or develop ... READ the POST

Encouraging boys to enjoy writing

The majority of the children who come to my creative writing workshops are girls. There aren’t many boys who come to my courses and workshops purely because they enjoy writing. I think mainly it is their parents who are keen to encourage them to enjoy writing because as is commonly known, boys are ... READ the POST

The haunted house on our street

Like many children growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, our childhood was all about the outdoors I often talk to my children about the street where I grew up. It was a 1960’s-built cul-de-sac, not untypical of that era, lined on each side with matching semi-detached houses. There were a lot of ... READ the POST

The key to successful freelance writing: being diverse or finding your niche?

Diverse or niche, which is the best way for a freelance writer to go? I went to a marketing lecture for small business owners recently and came away wondering what it is I actually do. I don't have a niche: my writing covers many fields, from copywriting for other businesses, writing freelance ... READ the POST

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"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!

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"Nicola is responsive and intuitive while delivering projects in a timely manner."

"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."
Nikki Young
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"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."

"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their...
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2020-02-28T13:14:19+00:00
"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their writing style."
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