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.

Writing a foodoir - what is it and could you write one?
Are you a keen baker or chef or do you just enjoy food? Do you have some stories to tell about your culinary experiences? Are you a budding writer? Then why not
Artefacts up close
As a family historian you will undoubtedly have built up a collection of resources from birth, death and marriage certificates, photos, letters, diaries, newspaper clippings to detailed notes and records
Write your book in bite-sized pieces if you are struggling to get started
Sitting down to write a full-length autobiography, memoir, family history, local history book or whatever subject you have chosen can be daunting
Cinquains - what are they and how do you write one?
My blog on six-word memoirs is all about brevity and and so continuing with this theme let me introduce you to the world of cinquains.

What is a cinquain?
A cinquain
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
Finding the time to write - 6 tips on how to fit it into your busy schedule
For many of us, finding the time to write can be problem. There are so many things that seem to get in the way what with work, family, household
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
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
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
Words that sound or look alike
In my blog Frequently misused words - damp squid and other blunders I talked about words that are frequently used incorrectly and so I thought I would continue on a similar theme but this
Write a family history that people will want to read
Why is it that some family historians get so immersed in their family history research they think that everybody else will be equally fascinated by dry and dull lists
Write a blog post that tells a story by following these simple tips
It doesn't matter whether you are blogging your way to an entire family history, or the complete story of your life story, or any other non-fiction genre,
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
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
Stuck for ideas - get inspiration from some unusual National days
August is traditionally known as the ‘silly’ season because of the more light-hearted and off-beat news stories which often appear in the press during
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
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
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
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
Writing a family history? Start with the stories about your own life
As a family historian you will probably have spent years tracing your family back through many generations to discover more about the lives and times

  • 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.