Getting started on your Blog
by Claire Frank
Twelve Rules for Aspiring Journalists
by Claire Frank
Claire is a freelance writer in both fiction and non-fiction, with various specialisms including writing for young people, travel writing and food. She can help people increase their chances of getting published, as well as encourage them when faced with rejection.
I can advise on improving your writing in order to get published. I’ll encourage you to keep at it when faced with rejection. I can give you helpful and realistic feedback and will share with you some of my experience of the publishing industry.
I’m familiar with current trends in publishing including writing and selling your work online. I have a special interest and expertise in multi-cultural features, stories and books and in travel and food writing.
I am the founder of a popular and successful writers’ group that has supported a large number of aspiring writers through constructive criticism and practice, to becoming published writers. I’ve organised writing competitions and events and can help you set up your own network of support to help you with your work.
I was a winning writer in the 2008 Penguin Decibel Prize anthology, The Map of Me. For this I wrote about my children's experience of moving to the UK from the Caribbean, so I can help with multicultural writing for young adults and children. I am a keen advocate of competitions as a way to get recognitition for your work and although we all should be paid, sometimes doing it for free is a way through that closing door.
Hello writers! I understand. I have lived the characters, worried about the plot, thought it wasn't good enough, spent the whole day in my nightie... I talk from experience - it took me a while to get published but in the end I got there.
I’m a food writer with my own blog, and write regular restaurant reviews. I write about the Caribbean for a number of different travel publications including Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and other guides and websites, and have been published by Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
You can send me your manuscript or your article and I will give you instant feedback over the phone on how to make your writing better. I can give you advice that will get you blogging within minutes and I can even help with taking pictures and the techie stuff.
2000 No specific writing qualifications
The University of Trial and Error !
2007 - 2007
Researched and contributed to documentary on Caribbean & UK connection to slave trade
Freelance Tutor - creative writing
2007 - Present
Writing and delivering creative writing courses as part of a local community education programme
2006 - Present
Writing articles about food and restaurant reviews for monthly publication
Founder - Writers Group
2004 - Present
Set up and sustain local writers group, with over 100 members and regular attendance of at least 12-15 writers, both experienced and beginners. Set up two writing competions with prizes, including judging and feedback to entrants and selection of winners.
Writer - Caribbean guides
2002 - 2006
Writing about Caribbean island for various guides and community web sites
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