Academic Writers in Residence

The University of Worcester’s two Academic Writers in Residence are here to help.

Professional, published writers and Royal Literary Fund Fellows, Martin Sketchley and Sue Fletcher offer confidential, one-to-one tutorials for students in all subject areas and to support all aspects of academic writing. This includes essays, reports, theses, dissertations, or personal statements. Sessions last up to 50 minutesOur free service is provided by the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) which sponsors over 80 writers to work in universities across the UK.

Students of any discipline, at any level of study – from 1st year to postgraduate, and also staff – are welcome to book a session.

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

  • Express your ideas more clearly
  • Increase understanding of grammar and punctuation
  • Improve your writing and editing skills
  • Benefit from more efficient time management
  • Potentially raise your marks

Martin Sketchley 

Martin Sketchley is a published novelist, short story and script writer, and has over 20 years’ experience working on business text destined for blue-chip multinationals and organisations such as The British Council and World Bank. He also offers creative coaching and personal development through, and is the West Midlands' Representative for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.


Sue Fletcher

Sue Fletcher is a writer of both historical and contemporary fiction. Her first book, Eve Green, won the Whitbread First Novel award, the Betty Trask prize, and was shortlisted for the LA Times First Novel award. Her third, Witch Light, was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize. She is currently writing her eighth book.

Booking sessions

Tutorials with Martin (Mondays and Tuesdays on campus) and Sue (Wednesdays and Thursdays online) can be booked by emailing them direct, at either or Please ensure that you use your UW email address.

Please note that RLF Writers in Residence cannot give advice by email, and do not provide a proof-reading service or support with basic English language skills. Otherwise, they look forward to hearing from you!