Writers in Residence

Better writing, better marks. Want to improve your writing?


Professional writers Elizabeth Barrett and Sarah Ward and 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, Elizabeth and Sarah offer constructive tutorials of up to an hour about any aspect of your writing that you want to discuss. Whatever your science subject or level of study, our Royal Literary Fund Fellows can help you to improve your writing, from structure and argument to flow and coherence. 

Contact Elizabeth or Sarah to book an appointment. Sessions will mainly be one-to-one face-to-face but some online sessions will be available upon request.

Elizabeth Barrett – elizabeth.barrett@rlfeducation.org.uk

Writer in Residence: Wednesday/Thursday

Elizabeth Barrett

To book an appointment email: elizabeth.barrett@rlfeducation.org.uk

Elizabeth Barrett is the author of four collections of poetry. Her work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies and she has been the recipient of various prizes, most recently a Northern Writers Award in 2018. Elizabeth has worked as a writer-in-residence in schools, universities, a prison and BBC Radio and she was Editor of Staple Magazine 2000-2005. 

Alongside her work as a poet, Elizabeth was a university lecturer in Education for over 30 years. During that time, she developed a special interest in supporting her students (and colleagues) to become more confident writers. She believes that the process of sharing writing is very powerful and that it can support our academic development more generally. Whether you’re working on a
short lab report or a PhD thesis, Elizabeth will be happy to see you. She is available for in-person sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sarah Ward – sarah.ward@rlfeducation.org.uk

Writer in Residence: Monday/Tuesday

Sarah Ward

To book an appointment e-mail: sarah.ward@rlfeducation.org.uk

Sarah Ward is the author of four contemporary crime novels set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives, and two gothic historical thrillers published as Rhiannon Ward. She's also written Doctor Who audio dramas, and her articles and short stories have appeared in The Guardian, Sunday Express Magazine, Metro, and other print and online publications. Sarah began her career in the public sector before moving to Athens, Greece to teach English as a Foreign Language. 

Sarah is passionate about helping people write clearly and has taught in schools, prisons, libraries and at festivals. She strongly believes that anyone can learn the basics of good writing and is looking forward to helping students at the University of Sheffield. Whether you’re struggling with essay planning or have problems with a specific aspect of writing, Sarah is here to help. She’s available for face-to-face and online sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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