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Royal Literary Fund tutorials

Royal Literary Fund tutorials

Get advice on your writing from a professional writer


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Royal Literary Fund Fellows are professional writers who offer individual guidance on written assignments to Queen Mary students from all academic backgrounds. 

Appointments last 50 minutes.

Students from any subject, undergraduate or postgraduate, are welcome to make use of the opportunity to discuss their work with a fellow.

The service is free of charge, confidential and independent of the university. It runs as a complement to the one-to-one appointments service. As professional writers, the RLF Fellows are especially equipped to offer advice on style and structure. The Fellows can provide individually tailored, in-depth guidance on all aspects of effective writing, including developing ideas, planning, grammar, punctuation, clarity, editing and rewriting.

RLF tutorials are not suitable for students who require specialised English language help (e.g. TEFL, EAP) who should seek help from QMUL's Language Centre.

You can book an appointment at any stage of your assignment, including after it has been marked, but you may find it’s best to contact the Fellows before your deadline, so that you have enough time to implement any advice you receive.

Meet the RLF Fellows

Chris Power

Chris Power is the author of the novel A Lonely Man and the short story collection Mothers (longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize). His writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and Granta. He has taught on the Creative Writing MA at Goldsmiths and is a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Open Book.

David Watson

David Watson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His plays for the stage include The Ballad of Corona V (Big House), Pieces of Vincent (Arcola/Paines Plough) and Flight Path (Bush). For television, he has written for BAFTA-award winning L8R (Actorshop/BBC Education). Other screen work includes The Hope Rooms (Bill Kenwright/Really Good Films). David has also written adaptations, including Ibsen’s Ghosts (Home, Manchester), and Phillip Pullman’s I Was a Rat! (Birmingham Rep).

He lives in London with his wife and two children.


“I just want you to know how much I appreciate all the help you’ve given me over the past year. I genuinely feel like my writing has improved so much which I think is rare for a lot of people this late on. It has really helped having someone outside of the course to talk through my ideas…”
— Student on the value of the RLF tutorials

How to contact the RLF Fellows

Chris Power offers tutorials on Mondays and Fridays; David Watson offers tutorials on Tuesdays.

How to book a tutorial

To book a tutorial with one of the RLF Fellows:

  1. First, send an email to the Fellow you wish to see, saying what you are studying and what you would like to discuss.
  2. Fellows will reply to emails as soon as possible, but please remember that they are not here every day and have other work commitments.
  3. In their reply, the Fellow will arrange a date and time to talk with you.

You won't need to register separately to book or attend your tutorial.

If you find you cannot keep the appointment please let the Fellow know as soon as possible. This is very important as there are limited appointments available.


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