At Beginners Guide to Writing we specialise in helping new and inexperienced writers get started writing in a range of nonfiction genres. We provide one-to-one and group support, an online writing community where you can exchange ideas through our writing forums, a variety of writing, editing and proofreading services and a selection of books, courses and regular blog posts.

Choosing a blog platform
In my blog Blogging your way to a book I included some reasons why writing regular blog posts is a great way of building up a book piece by piece. If you have been convinced (or at least tempted)
You don't have to be famous to write a memoir
You don't have to be famous to write a memoir but it does help if you want to write an autobiography. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t write your autobiography, but if
Family recipe book - how to create your own


You may have seen my a blog about writing a foodoir (a genre which combines memoir writing with recipes or food-related experiences). So, to continue with the food theme,
The use of apostrophes - banana's 70p a kilo
Can you spot what is wrong with banana's 70p a kilo in the title to this blog post? No? Then probably like many other people you are confused about where and when to use apostrophes
How to preserve and present your stories
If you have written a book or a series of short stories you are probably ready to start thinking about how to preserve and present your stories (for example, a traditional hardback
Putting your family history in context
Although researching and writing your family history gives you the opportunity to explore and write about the lives of people you have a personal connection to, there will also be
How to start writing the stories behind your photos
Do you have countless photos tucked away in albums or boxes or numerous collections you have downloaded from your camera or phone? How often do you look at them or show
Write your life story on a postcard - why not give it a go
Life stories can be told in many different ways but typically they are written chronologically, starting with when and where you were born, where you went to
What is social history and can anyone be a social historian?
There is a growing interest in the stories about the lives and times of ordinary people but whereas professional historians concentrate on the broader historical
Frequently misused words - damp squib and other blunders
This blog is all about frequently misused words so let's start with Damp squib which I have used in the title. The correct phrase is Damp squib (when something
Start writing your memoir
If you have already come up with some possible topics and/or themes for your memoir (if not, check out Writing your memoir - finding your topic and theme), here are a few tips on how to start
Planning an oral history interview - how to get started
If you are new to oral history the first thing to do before you start planning an oral history interview is to be clear about the topic or theme you plan to focus
How to get started with local history research
If you have a fascination for local history and aspire to becoming a local history writer, here are some hints on how to get started with local history research.

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Pen and paper or a computer - which do you prefer?
Some people have a strong opinion about whether it is better to write using a pen and paper or a computer but I guess for most of us it is more a question of what is
Taking time out from writing - when is it a good idea?
Whether it’s by choice or whether circumstances force you to take a break, taking time out from writing can sometimes be the best thing to do.
If you have run out
Writing mentor - could you benefit from one?
Writing can be a lonely and dispiriting business. Scribbling or typing away, disconnected from the outside world with no-one to talk to, is not the best remedy for helping us overcome
English grammar - a selection of books for grammarphobes
Because an understanding of the basics of English grammar is essential if you want to be taken seriously as a writer, here is a selection of books on English grammar
Annoying words and phrases that are best avoided
I have written about clichés in a previous blog but there are some words and phrases that are just as annoying as clichés. Clichés at least have the distinction of once
Editing and proofreading - do it yourself with these free online tools
In addition to the variety of resources freely available online to help you get to grips with English grammar (see my blog Online English grammar
Online writing community at Beginners guide to writing
Being part of a writing group is a great way of sharing and discussing your work and giving and getting support from other writers. However, if you don’t have a writing

  • Have you always wanted to write about your life and experiences but lack the confidence to get started?
  • Have you been researching your family or local history and want to start telling the stories you have uncovered?
  • How about a memoir which focuses on food?
  • Are you a keen traveller with stories to tell?
  • Do you run a family or local business with an interesting history which would make a great story?
  • Are you an enthusiastic scrapbooker who would like to go one step further and start telling the stories behind your pictures and photos?

If you have answered yes to any of the these questions and you are a new or inexperienced writer, take a look at Beginners Guide to Writing for everything you need to get started writing.

Beginners Guide to Writing

At Beginners Guide to Writing we have a great selection of information products and courses plus regular blog posts to help you start writing in a variety of nonfiction genres from life stories, family histories, memoirs and autobiographies to local and social history, travel stories, foodoirs, scrapbook- and photo-journaling, nostalgic memories and company/corporate histories.

If you have already started writing, then check out our Writing and editing services . At Beginners Guide to Writing offer one-to-one help and support via phone, email, Skype (or in person if you live nearby). It doesn’t matter where you are in the world we can work together. We also provide editing and proofreading services and we run workshops for writers of nonfiction.

If you fancy seeing your stories in print we can advise you on the different ways you can go about this. For example, if you just want to print a few copies for family and friends you could use a print-on demand-service or you could turn your stories into an eBook which you could upload to a website or to Kindle or Amazon’s e-reader. Just let us know what you want and we will do our best to advise and help you.

Would you look to join a friendly and supportive network of writers without leaving the comfort of your own home? Then why not join in on one of our Beginners Guide to Writing  forums. You can ask for help or you can share your own experiences with like-minded people.