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1-2-1 Writing Support with the RLF


As part of the Royal Literary Fund’s Fellowship Scheme, Sussex hosts three professional writers who offer one-to-one tutorials during term-time with any member of the university who wishes to improve their writing skills. Please note this service is not available during the summer vacation months.


The RLF Fellows are established professional writers of literary merit, representing a wide range of genres, including biography, scientific writing and fiction. The principal aim of the Fellows' work is to foster good writing practice across all disciplines and media. Students at every level of study can benefit from learning about good writing practice from a professional author.


The RLF Fellows can help with any aspect of the writing process, from planning to drafting, constructing an argument and editing. They are able to comment on the writing style of work in progress, allowing students to improve their work before submission. Students may see the Fellow just once, or return for a subsequent tutorial if they want, subject to availability.


The three RLF Fellows at Sussex for 2019-20 are Sue Roe, Ros Barber and Tom Connolly. Their office is on the top floor of the Library where they offer free one-to-one tutorials of around 45 minutes for students during academic term-time; please note this does not include the winter vacation (but bookings can be made in advance for the spring term). For more information about academic term dates, please click here.


Book an appointment with Better Writing with the RLF using SetMore


It would be helpful if you could email 1-2 pages of your written work to the relevant Fellow before the session (, or If this is not possible, please bring an example of your work with you to your appointment.


Please note: If English is not your first language, specialist one-to-one tutorials are available from English Language for Academic Study (ELAS).

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