Writers in Residence

Better writing, better marks

Want to improve your writing?

Writers Katherine Clements and Gareth Creer are available during term-time to advise, on a one-to-one basis, students and staff on any aspects of their writing. Whether it's essays, reports, dissertations or other written work, Katherine and Gareth offer constructive tutorials of up to an hour about any aspect of your writing that you want to discuss.

Gareth CreerGareth Creer

Writer in Residence and Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Gareth can be found in Room C202A, Alfred Denny Building, and he is available on Mondays and Tuesdays. To book an appointment email g.creer@sheffield.ac.uk.

Gareth Creer is currently published by Faber & Faber under the pseudonym Adam Creed. His Staffe series of novels is translated into nine languages and will be screened by ITV as Dark Heart in the autumn of 2016. The series includes Suffer the Children, Willing Flesh, Pain of Death, Death in the Sun, and Kill and Tell. He has also had three literary novels under his own name published by Transworld: Skin and Bone, Cradle to Grave, and Big Sky.

For four years he was Writer in Residence at HMYOI Glen Parva, and then conceived and ran the Free To Write project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, supporting inmates and ex-offenders in pursuit of their writing. Run in conjunction with HMP Liverpool and Merseyside Probation services, the project ran for six years and culminated in the Free To Write anthology, published by Headland in 2013.

He taught Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University for fourteen years and was Head of Writing at LJMU for seven years before retiring to concentrate on his own writing in 2014. He has written widely on the pedagogy of writing, most notably for Edinburgh University Press and Palgrave.

Katherine ClementsKatherine Clements

Writer in Residence and Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Katherine can be found in Room C202A, Alfred Denny Building, and she is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. To book an appointment email k.l.clements@sheffield.ac.uk.

Katherine is a historical novelist with two novels published by Headline. Her critically acclaimed debut, The Crimson Ribbon, was published in 2014 followed by The Silvered Heart in 2015. Both novels are set in the seventeenth century against the backdrop of the English Civil War.

Katherine studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, followed by a varied career in media, the charity sector and education. Most recently she worked for a national examination board where she led the development and launch of the UK’s first A Level qualification in Creative Writing.

In 2012 she won the Winchester Writers’ Conference First Three Pages of a Novel Award and the Weald and Downland Museum Historical Short Story prize sponsored by Jerwood. In 2013 she was Writer in Residence at the Watts Gallery, Surrey where she led creative writing workshops for adults and school groups.

Katherine is editor of Historia, the online magazine of the Historical Writers Association and is a member of The History Girls, where she blogs on the 11th of each month. She currently lives in Manchester and is working on her third novel, which will be published in 2018.