Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow

About this service

This is a free, confidential service to help you improve your writing skills. Students of any discipline, at any level of study (from undergraduate 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. At the University of Hull we are lucky to have Martin Sketchley, a published novelist and experienced business analyst. 

A one-to-one tutorial can 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

Book an appointment

Contact Martin to book an appointment

Appointments are available on Thursdays and Fridays during term time.

RLF Writing Fellow appointments currently take place online via Whereby (web conferencing software). When you book an appointment, you will receive instructions on how to connect. You do not have to download anything, install apps or set up an account. 

Work you wish to be discussed can also be emailed to Martin ahead of the appointment. 

UK-based students only

Please note these appointments are an independent service provided by the RLF which, as a small UK charity, has constraints on its work hence the online version this year is only available to students currently in the UK.

English for academic purposes (EAP)

The RLF service is intended to help native (or near-native) speakers of English improve their essay-writing skills. It is not suitable for speakers of English as a second language, unless they are already highly proficient in the language.

About Martin Sketchley


Martin Sketchley is a published novelist, and has spent over 20 years working on business analysis destined for blue-chip multinationals, and organisations such as The British Council and World Bank.


Please note that RLF Writing Fellows are unable to comment on Creative Writing coursework or proof-read completed material.


What students say…  

“…my marks have gone up considerably. I have gone from an average of 58 to 72 this year, I cannot thank you enough.” 

- Undergraduate

“I can't explain how helpful it was, not only for cutting words but for my own mental state!” 

- Undergraduate

“I just want you to know how much I appreciate all the help you’ve given me over the past year. I genuinely feel like my writing has improved so much which I think is rare for a lot of people this late on. It has really helped having someone outside of the course to talk through my ideas…”

- Postgraduate 

"It was the most real, honest, and helpful feedback I've ever had!"

- Business student

Frequently asked questions

Appointment format

Appointments are delivered online via Whereby. You can expect:

  • A one-to-one consultation, lasting 50 minutes, to drill down into your writing

  • Advice unique to your specific requirement 

  • Completely confidential support 

You will be given opportunity to email work in before your appointment to allow the Fellow to prepare.

What your session might cover
  • Structure and punctuation 

  • Writing with clarity 

  • Rewriting and editing 

  • Planning and time management

  • Tackling the word count 

  • Critical thinking, paraphrasing and referencing 


What NOT to expect from an appointment

RLF Writing Fellows are unable to comment on Creative Writing coursework, proof-read completed material, or undertake EAP tuition.

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