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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


Due to the ongoing pandemic, RLF writing tutorials will move ONLINE ONLY from January 2022. Contact the tutor via their email address as usual and you will be sent a link for the time you arrange.  

Simon Robson


Simon Robson trained as an actor at RADA and had a career in the theatre before turning to writing. He has published two books - a collection of short stories, The Separate Heart, and a novel, Catch. As well as teaching the piano, he has collaborated on many musical projects, including the libretto for Schoenberg in Hollywood with Boston opera, and is currently working on an opera of Richard Powers’ The Overstory.


Appointments with Simon Robson are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time and will take place ONLINE from January 2021.


To book, email:   

Find out more about Simon's work here. 

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 Fridays during term time and will take place ONLINE from January 2021. 


To book, email:

Find out more about Leila's work here. 

The Royal Literary Fund Fellows for 2021/22


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 from January 2022 will take place ONLINE only.

Contact the tutor via email to arrange a time on one of the days they are available and you will be sent a link for the tutorial. 

Please note that RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or English language tuition and will not comment on creative writing. Students must be located in the UK.