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RLF Academic Writers in Residence

Struggling with an essay or dissertation? Grappling with grammar and punctuation? Stuck on structuring? Finding academic writing a challenge? Getting good grades but keen to get even better ones?

The University of Worcester’s two Academic Writers in Residence are here to help.

Professional, published writers and Royal Literary Fund Fellows, Sue Fletcher and Karen Wallace offer confidential, one-to-one tutorials for students in all subject areas and to support all aspects of academic writing. Our free service is provided by the Royal Literary Fund which sponsors over 80 writers to work in universities across the UK.

Sue Fletcher

Sue is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Eve Green won the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award. Her most recent novel – Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew – was published by Virago in summer 2016.

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Karen Wallace

Karen Wallace has written over 300 children's books. Both fiction and non-fiction. Her first picture book, Think of an Eel, won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Her first novel, Raspberries on the Yangtze, was shortlisted for the Guardian Young Fiction Prize.

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Booking sessions

Tutorials with Sue (who covers Mondays and Tuesdays) and Karen (who covers Wednesdays and Thursdays) take place on St John’s Campus, last 45 minutes and can be booked by emailing us direct, or via Please ensure that you use your UW email address.

Please note that we cannot give advice by email, and we also do not provide a proof-reading service or support with basic English language skills. Otherwise, we look forward to hearing from you!