Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellowship Scheme

Improve your academic writing

Book a session with our Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow, Alys Fowler

  • Mondays: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesdays: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Book a consultation in person. Online consultations are available on request.
  • For other enquiries contact Alys at:
  • Sessions are for 50 minutes and will currently take place online (September to May only).
  • Please note that the RLF Writing Fellow does not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition and consultations are currently only available in English.
  • If you book a consultation but you are not able to make the appointment, please send an e-mail to cancel or rearrange at least 24 hours ahead of the appointed time.

This is a free, confidential service to help you improve your writing skills. Students of any discipline, at any level of study (from 1st year to postgraduate), or 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. 

These consultations will help you to:

  • 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

Alys Fowler

Novelist, Non-fiction writer, Journalist.

Alys Fowler is a gardener and an award-winning journalist who has written for the weekend Guardian about gardening and the environment. She has written eleven books, including Hidden Nature, which was shortlisted for the Wainwright prize in 2018, and her first work of fiction, The Woman Who Buried Herself, published in 2021 by Hazel Press. Her writing has also been anthologised in the new nature writing anthology, Gifts of Gravity and Light, also published in 2021.

She trained in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the New York Botanical Gardens and it is through her love of plants and ecology that she came to writing. She has written for numerous publications including the National Geographic, the Observer, the Guardian, Time Out, Gardens Illustrated, Red Magazine and Country Living.

She has taught creative nonfiction at Birmingham City University. She has lectured at Tate Britain and the Royal Academy and has held workshops on everything from writing about water to how to identify plants. She also teaches garden history.