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Scott Nicol

Author and writing teacher Scott Nicol got off to a great start in his writing career when continually passed English, but failed maths throughout his high school tenure. A 38-year journalistic career included stints with daily newspapers in Bundaberg and on the Sunshine Coast, 10 years with the RACQ as their Media Relations manager and two years editing corporate magazines in London. During his time in the UK Scott took on the role of foreign correspondent in Nigeria, Sweden, Dubai and the United States.

After decades of writing material for others, he began his own creative writing career. But as many have found, journalists don't always make an easy transition to creative writing. "Creative writing, particularly fiction, is definitely a different animal when compared with the day-to-day grind of news story production," Scott said. "I experienced firsthand what it was like to hit literary roadblocks. So I did what all good journos do - I researched the subject.

"In fact, I compiled so much material that I turned it into a book and called it You Can Write a Book - Yes You Can. "Even those who didn't do too well at English, often still have a story inside their head that needs to be told. I'm passionate about encouraging novice writers and helping them achieve their writing dreams."

As well as conducting writing seminars, Scott is currently putting the finishing touches to his third book and has a fourth well underway.