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Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS): Royal Literary Fund Fellow: Develop your writing with a professional writer

Improve your academic writing

A free, confidential service to help you

improve your writing skills

Leila Rasheed


Leila Rasheed writes literature for children and teenagers. Her first book, Chips, Beans and Limousines, was published by Usborne in 2008 and won a Red House Read of the Year award. Her forthcoming projects include contributions to the decolonised curriculum.

Appointments with Leila Rasheed are on Mondays and Tuesdays during term time and will take place online.

To book, email:

Martin Sketchley


Martin is a published novelist and has spent over 20 years working on business analysis destined for blue-chip multinationals and organisations such as The British Council and World Bank.

Appointments with Martin Sketchley are on Wednesdays during term time and will take place online.

To book, email:

The Royal Literary Fund Fellows for 2020/21



DMU students on any course, at any level of study (from 1st year to postgraduate) – and staff – are welcome to book a session.

The Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow is a professional, published author whose role is to help you strengthen your writing. 

Sign up for a one-to-one tutorial to help you:

  • Plan your study time.
  • Focus your reading for essay, dissertation or thesis writing.
  • Express your ideas more clearly.
  • Answer grammar and punctuation questions.
  • Discover reading to improve your writing and editing skills.
  • Increase your writing skills with the aim of improving your grades.
  • Improve any academic writing – essays, reports, theses, dissertations, book chapters.

Sessions are for 50 minutes and take place online. 

Please note that RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition and will not comment on creative writing.