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.

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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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)
Create a timeline to tell your family history stories
If you are keen to start writing the stories behind your family history research but are still at the lists of names, dates and places stage, then a good way to get
Titles - tips on how to write an attention-grabbing title
Good titles are the best way of grabbing the attention of your audience. Have you ever been drawn to a book in a bookshop, an article in a magazine or a blog on
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
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
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
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
Create an oral history to capture the stories people have to tell
Before written communication evolved the only way history could be passed down was through the spoken word. But even when written communication became
Online English grammar resources for aspiring writers
If you are an aspiring writer but your English grammar is a bit rusty, take a look at the following selection of online English grammar resources where you will find
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
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,
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
Create an outline before you start writing
If you are a new or aspiring writer you may not even have thought about why you should create an outline before you start writing. So, let me explain the purpose of an outline

  • 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.