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When is a writer not a writer?

A couple of weeks ago we had an interview with a young candidate who wanted to “get into writing”. Though in the end we decided the candidate wasn’t suitable for us, one of my colleagues said an interesting thing. “It’s great to know there are so many nice writers based in Canterbury,” she said. This comment made me pause. “I agree the candidate was very nice,” I said, “but I really don’t think you can call someone with an English degree a writer.”

My comment drew a blank look, though I have to say my colleague’s reaction was no surprise. You see, all too often these days people apply for writing jobs with the misconception that the fact they have a degree – in whatever subject – means they are, by default, the ideal candidate for a writing-related role. Continue reading »

So you want to be a writer eh?

It’s hard to find a good writer. Goodness knows I’ve tried.

I think I’ve spent more time looking over CVs and writing tests than I have actually writing anything recently, and with good reason too. As well as my day-to-day work writing features for the healthcare press, I am also responsible for overseeing the work of our junior writers, and if they’re not up to standard, it soon becomes very apparent!

From my own perspective, there are a number of different factors that make the task of finding a good writer a difficult one Continue reading »