Academic Writers in Residence

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


Professional, published writers and Royal Literary Fund Fellows, Sue Fletcher, Sarah Hilary and Mike Woods 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 minutes. Our 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

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.

Sarah Hilary   

Sarah is an award-winning crime writer whose debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. Her short stories have won the Cheshire Prize for Literature, the SENSE prize, and the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize. As well as writing, Sarah teaches crime fiction and mentors its rising stars. Her eighth book, Black Thorn, will be out in 2023. Email:

Michael Woods      

Michael is a poet with three collections - Absence Notes, Algebra and Opening Time published by Templar Poetry. His poems have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Answering Back, Out of Fashion and Empty Nest - all edited by Carol Ann Duffy. Others have won prizes in the Bridport, Ledbury, Writers’ Handbook, Hungry Hill and Poetry on the Lake competitions. He is currently working on his fourth collection.


Booking sessions

Tutorials with Mike (who covers Mondays and Tuesdays on campus), Sarah (who covers Wednesdays and Thursdays) and Sue (Fridays) last up to 50 minutes, and can be booked by emailing them direct. Face to face sessions take place in Bredon 214. or 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!