Royal Literary Fund Tutorials
Get advice on your writing from a professional writer
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 and for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year will take place online.
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 Academic Skills team's One-to-One Tutorial 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.
“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
For the 2020/21 academic year, all RLF tutorials will be conducted online.
For the second semester, tutorials will run from 11th January to 16th April.
In the third semester, they will run from 3rd May to 28th May.
Contact details for the RLF Fellows
Stephen offers tutorials on Mondays and Tuesdays; Andrew offers tutorials on Thursdays and Fridays.
How to book
To book a tutorial with one of the RLF Fellows:
- First, send an email to the Fellow you wish to see, saying what you are studying and what you would like to discuss.
- Fellows will reply to emails as soon as possible, but please remember that they are not here every day and have other work commitments.
- In their reply, the Fellow will give you access to their online booking page to make an appointment and send you a link to the RLF’s easy-to-use videoconferencing platform.
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.