Writing Advice from a Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Writing Advice from a Royal Literary Fund Fellow

RLF fellows are professional writers placed in universities throughout the UK to advise students on their academic writing.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in any College can make an appointment with either Fellow to talk about their academic writing and editing.

We are privileged to have two RLF Fellows working with us here in LEADS: Brian McCabe and Geoff Barker.

Brian McCabe

Brian McCabe

Aside from fiction, poetry and drama, I write non-fiction essays, features and book reviews for newspapers and journals. I have also taught Creative Writing at various universities including Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Lancaster. I have a great deal of editing experience, and was Editor of Edinburgh Review for five years.

I can help with many aspects of the writing process, including:

  • discussing or framing the question
  • thinking about and forming the argument
  • planning and structuring the essay / dissertation
  • writing for maximum clarity and effect
  • sentence structure, grammar, syntax, punctuation
  • editing
  • referencing, footnotes and bibliography

I’m not here to proofread! But I can also look at marked assignments and feedback to help you make the most of that.

Sessions are one-to-one and confidential and can be booked by e-mail. I am available on Thursdays until May 30 2019.

Geoff Barker

Geoff Barker

I write for a living, having written and edited many published books and articles. I particularly enjoy creating my own children's stories (Middle Grade or Young Adult). I am also a Royal Literary Fund Writing Consultant Fellow.

While LEADS doesn't offer proofreading, I can help with the writing process for your essay/dissertation, including:

  • deconstructing the question
  • critical thinking and making an argument
  • planning your work
  • communicating your ideas clearly - and with impact!
  • structuring sentences (including grammar and punctuation)
  • editing

I offer confidential one-to-one sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays