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On course?

Jane Wenham Jones has advice for a writer wanting to know the best way to develop her skills

Over a period of years, I’ve had letters and articles published in a variety of publications and feel the time has come to change my craft somewhat and begin to write novels and short stories. I feel I need to develop my skills to reflect this new direction, but am not sure how to go about this. I can’t afford a creative writing course and don’t want to do a degree in my early fifties. Sadly, my experience of writing groups is that they often become dominated by inflated egos with the rest of group sidelined.

My husband has written a number of westerns, published under the Black Horse Western label, without doing a course and says it’s not necessary, but I feel I need the structure of something to give me the final push to get going. Any suggestions?

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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