Writing Support

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Would you like free, confidential, one-to-one help with you academic writing?

Doug Johnstone and Ruth Thomas are QMU’s latest Royal Literary Fund Fellows, who are available to discuss your essay, report, dissertation, thesis or other academic writing.

The one-to-one service is available to QMU students and staff.

Royal Literary Fund Fellowship

The Royal Literary Fund (RLF) runs the Fellowship scheme for writers in partnership with universities across the UK, including QMU. Writers work one-to-one with students, using their expertise in language and communication to help them develop their essay writing.

The RLF Fellowship scheme was conceived with the intention of placing professional writers in higher education institutions to offer writing support to all students. The principal aim of the Fellow’s work is to foster good writing practise across disciplines and media.

RLF Writing Fellows are professional writers who offer individual appointments where students can discuss all aspects of their writing, such as structuring an argument, making the essay clearer and improving style. The sessions are free, confidential and independent of the university. 

Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is the author of seven novels and many short stories, and he has previously been Writer in Residence at the University of Strathclyde, where he also taught creative writing. He has a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism and is soon to qualify as a Consultant Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund.

To make an appointment with Doug on a Tuesday or Wednesday, E: DJohnstone@qmu.ac.uk

Ruth Thomas

Ruth Thomas is a novelist and short-story writer. Her work has won or been shortlisted for various awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Award, the Saltire First Book Award and the VS Pritchett Prize. Ruth has previously worked as an RLF Writing Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She’s also taught for the Arvon Foundation and Faber Academy. She’s currently writing a new novel and short story collection.

To make an appointment with Ruth on a Thursday, E: RThomas@qmu.ac.uk

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