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.

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
11 travel writing tips
Do you feel inspired to write about an interesting journey or holiday you have been on? Are you a new or inexperienced writer? If so, here are 11 travel writing tips to help you get started.
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Food travel writing - if you love food and travel why not write about it
One of the best ways of understanding and learning about a country, a culture, it’s history and its people is through the food they eat and so what
Writing about the history of food
I have previously posted a couple of blogs on food writing – the first was about writing a Foodoir (a food-related memoir) and the other included some tips on creating your own family
Writing a travel journal - some tips on how to get started
Planning a get-away? Going on a family or activity holiday or having a weekend break? Or may be it’s a once-in-a-lifetime round-the-world trip, a cruise, a touring
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,
Autobiographies and memoirs - what's the difference?
The titles memoir and autobiography are sometimes used interchangeably but they are not actually the same. Autobiographies and memoirs are both written in the first
Family history and social history have close links
Anyone who has read my blogs or who has met me at workshops or Family History Fairs/Exhibitions will know that I am always keen to talk about the close link between family
How to get started as a writer with these 15 quick tips



If you are still at the I want to write but don't know how to start stage, then follow these quick tips on how to get started as a writer.
Find a space where
Life story gumption trap
If you have you been thinking about writing your life story but have been put off because the whole process seems just too daunting then read on. Like many other people you probably think that
Get started writing with Beginners guide to writing
You don’t have to write a book to be a writer
It is said that everyone has a book inside them but what if you simply don’t have that elusive book just screaming to
Writing your life story - get started with these memory jogging tips
Have you been thinking about writing your life story but haven’t got a clue how to get started? Well, one of the first things to do is to start recalling
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
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
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
Local history writing tips
Following on from another post How to get started with local history research, here are some local history writing tips to help you get started writing.

When to start writing local history
Whatever
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
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
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
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

  • 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.