Improve your academic writing

A free, confidential service to help you improve your writing skills, the RLF Fellowship scheme was conceived with the intention of placing professional writers in higher education institutions to offer writing support to all students.

Students of any discipline, 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:

  • 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.

This is a learning opportunity. Their aim is to help you improve your writing skills; they cannot comment on the marking scheme used in your discipline, nor can they edit or proofread your assignments prior to submission - this is not part of their remit. They will, however, help you to become a better writer.‌

RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition.

For guidance on proofreading see the RLF Guide to Proofreading your Work  and the  University Guide on Proofreading

Non-UK-residents - the RLF Fellows are not employees of the University of Dundee but provide their services to the University as part of the work of the Royal Literary Fund. Due to the Royal Literary Fund's charitable status, RLF tutors are only able to offer you an appointment if you are currently resident in the UK. If you are currently resident outside the UK, please make an Academic Skills appointment and one of our ASC tutors will be happy to support you with your writing.

Writing Fellow Appointments

Book an appointment

To book a 50 minute online appointment, select your preferred day and contact the RLF fellow at the relevant email address using your University email. You will be contacted through your University email with details of the time and location of your appointment.

 Semesters 1 and 2: appointments are available from Week 2 until the end of each semester

Read more about RLF appointments in this RLF Leaflet 2021‌ (PDF 154KB)

 About our Writing Fellows

Malachy Tallack

RLF Fellow at the University of Dundee

Academic Year 2022/23 is Malachy Tallack's second year as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Dundee. 

Malachy is the award-winning author of three books, most recently a novel, The Valley at the Centre of the World (Canongate, 2018). It was shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize and longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. His first book, Sixty Degrees North (2015), was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and his second, The Un-Discovered Islands (2016), was named Illustrated Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. Malachy is from Shetland, and currently lives in central Scotland. 

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Garry MacKenzie

RLF Fellow at the University of Dundee

Garry MacKenzie is a writer, creative writing tutor and literature scholar living in Fife, Scotland. He is the author of Scotland: A Literary Guide for Travellers (I.B. Tauris), an introduction to literature from and about Scotland.Ranging from Ancient Greek travel writing to present day crime fiction, as well as covering poetry written in Scotland’s three main languages, Scotland explores how the country’s history, landscape and society are brought to life in literature.

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RLF Resources

Guide to Proofreading your Work

Guide to Essay Writing

Alex Essay Writing Tool

You will find more ASC resources on our Resources for students page

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