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The Royal Literary Fund Fellows

Royal Literary Fund Fellows

The RLF Fellows offer a friendly service that is separate from the university and entirely confidential. Fellows are placed in many universities and our aim is to help with all aspects of writing. To be able to write well is a skill that will be useful throughout your career and lives, and is crucial at university for getting multiple ideas into essay form in a clear, accessible style.

RLF Fellows come from a a variety of backgrounds but are all experienced published authors and can help you think not just about what you say but how you say it. We are able to help in all kinds of ways: including help with draft essays, with brainstorming or developing writing strategies, with looking at feedback on marked work and planning how to use this advice in future essays, to discussion about the best way to approach a new bit of work.


RLF Fellows at Warwick 2017-18

In 2017-18, the Department of English will again be hosting the novelist and critic Catherine O'Flynn as our RLF Fellow. Her debut novel What Was Lost (Tindal Street, 2007) won the Costa First Novel award, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award, and longlisted for the Booker and Orange prizes. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the 2008 British book awards. The News Where You Are (Penguin, 2010) was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize, an Edgar Allan Poe award and was chosen for the TV Book Club (Channel 4). Catherine has been described by Fay Weldon as ‘the JG Ballard of Birmingham…finding poetry and meaning where others see merely boredom and dereliction’ (the Guardian, 2010).


Booking an appointment

Catherine will be based in the English department throughout the year in H5.27 and will be holding regular appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays from Week 2 of Term 1. Please contact her in advance at mailto:C dot O-flynn at warwick dot ac dot uk.

RLF Fellows are happy to read work before it is submitted as well as work that has already been marked. Please note that they do not proof read but can help you address how to improve your writing at all levels. In order to get the best from your appointment, please write a short list of key concerns that you would like to discuss and send it to the RLF Fellow along with your work.

Students should remember that any feedback received on essays will only cover issues of form and structure rather than content. Any questions about the content or essay topic itself should be addressed to module tutors. Please also note that the RLF Fellows are not intended to provide English language support beyond advising on clear phrasing, so students with English as an additional language who require help with their fluency should contact the Centre for Applied Linguistics for further assistance.