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:

 Plan your study time.

  • 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.

 Sessions are for 50 minutes and take place online.

To book an appointment, choose your preferred day and contact the RLF fellow at the relevant email address.

  • Monday and Tuesday – Chris Arthur. Contact Chris at
  • Wednesday and Thursday – Martin MacInnes. Contact Martin at

Please note that RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition.

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.

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Our Writing Fellows are unavailable now but will be back with us in October 2021.

If you need support see the RLF online resources, see our ASC resources for students or book an ASC tutor appointment.

Writing Fellow Appointments

  • Writing Fellows are available to see students from Week 2 until the end of each semester: Semesters 1 and 2.
  • You book an appointment by using our online system
  • You will be contacted through your University email with details of the time and location of your appointment.

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.‌

About our Writing Fellows

Chris Arthur

RLF Fellow at the University of Dundee

Chris Arthur

Chris dislikes writing blurbs about himself – he explains why in Blurb-Writing Blues – but recognizes that they’re sometimes necessary…

His most recent books are Hummingbirds Between the Pages (2018) and Reading Life (2017). Details can be found here

In addition to his books, Chris publishes in a wide range of journals including: The American ScholarAntigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, DescantHektoen International: a Journal of Medical HumanitiesHotel Amerika, Irish PagesISLE – Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and EnvironmentThe Literary ReviewMississippi Review, North American ReviewNorthwest ReviewNorthwords NowOrionSewanee ReviewSouthern Review, Southern Humanities ReviewSouthwest Review, the Threepenny Review, Wasafiri, and World Literature Today. His work has also appeared in The Best American Essays.


Chris was born in Belfast and lived for many years in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a nature reserve warden, TV researcher, schoolteacher and academic. He holds an MA and PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Among his writing prizes are: a Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, the Monroe K. Spears Essay Prize, the Akegarasu Haya International Essay Prize, Times Higher/Palgrave Macmillan Writing Prize in the YYUH Humanities, and the Gandhi Foundation's Aitchtey Memorial Essay Prize.

This will be Chris’s second RLF Fellowship in Dundee. He was here from 2014-16. He has also been a Fellow at Queen Margaret University, a tutor at the Arvon Foundation’s Ted Hughes Writing Centre, and a visiting writer for several American universities’ MFA programmes.‌

Martin MacInnes

RLF Fellow at the University of Dundee

Martin MacInnes

Martin MacInnes has published two novels to wide critical acclaim. His debut, Infinite Ground (2016), about a search for a missing person in South America, won the Somerset Maugham Award and was translated into Greek. His second novel, Gathering Evidence (2020), which links three horror stories relating to climate change, led to The Times calling him ‘the best experimentalist currently working’.

He has won the Manchester Fiction Prize and the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, was ‘Emerging Scottish Writer’ in residence at Cove Park in 2015, and in 2020 was named by the National Centre for Writing, in association with the British Council, as ‘one of ten writers asking the questions that will shape our future’. He has recently begun writing for computer games, and lives in coastal Fife.‌

RLF Resources

You will find a selection of RLF reources on our Resources for students page.