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.

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
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
Active voice or passive voice - which should you use?
If you don’t understand the difference between active voice or passive voice read on for a quick explanation. If you do understand the difference but have been warned
The oral tradition of storytelling and its role in history
Within families and communities there will be stories that have been passed down through the generations, some of which may have been written, but many of which
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
Start writing your family history while you are researching
Most family historians are compulsive researchers which is what makes them the authority on their family’s past but when do you stop researching and start writing.
What's in a name? How your surname can connect you to the past
What’s in name? Well, a lot if you look at the history and stories behind the estimated 45,000 different surnames (last names) in England.
“A name is so
Creative nonfiction - a brief introduction
From autobiography, memoir, personal essays, family history and local history to travel writing, business writing, self-help, food writing, health and fitness, these all come
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
Get organised with some great online tools for writers
If you struggle to remember all of the great ideas you have or if you need a better way of channelling and developing you ideas, there are some online resources out
The Oxford comma and why you should consider using it
The Collins dictionary definition of the Oxford comma is “a comma between the final items in a list, often preceding the word and or or, such as the final comma in
Setting up your oral history interview
Once you have made all the necessary plans for your oral history interview (i.e. choosing your interviewee, doing the necessary background research, deciding on your topic and devising
Blogging your way to a book



Whether you want to write a full-length life story, a family or local history or shorter works such as a memoir, travel stories, nostalgic memories, etc., adopting a piece-by-piece approach
Blogging your memoir - 8 tips on how to get started
If you have been thinking about writing a memoir but are unsure of how to get started, why not try blogging it. Blogging your memoir is an excellent way of connecting
Malapropism - what is it and how did it get its name?
In my blog post Frequently misused words - damp squid and other blunders I included some words which are often misused, so now let me introduce you to the world of
Develop your own writing style
As a new or inexperienced writer you probably haven’t given much thought to your own writing style. You are probably just relieved to get something down on paper and the last thing on your
Writing a local history
Writing a local history gives you the opportunity to create a picture of what a village, town or region was like in the past by telling the stories of the people who lived and worked there but
Could a ghostwriter help you write your story?
If your ambition is to write your memoir or life story or to write your family history but you just don’t have the time or confidence to write it yourself, then using a ghostwriter
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
Would you like to write for niche magazines?
If you are researching your family history or recalling memories of the past or if you are a local/social history researcher you probably read and/or subscribe to one or more

  • 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.