A DUO of distinguished authors have joined the University of Worcester as writers in residence to help support students with their writing skills.
Acclaimed authors Sue Fletcher and Caroline Sanderson were recently appointed to the University under the Royal Literary Fund’s (RFL) ‘Fellowship Scheme’, to aid students with a range of writing techniques.
Sue has published six novels to date, with her debut novel, ‘Eve Green’, winning the Whitbread Book Award in 2004, whilst Caroline is a freelance writer of non-fiction and an editor for The Bookseller.
Caroline has published five books, including 2012’s ‘Someone Like Adele’ – a biography of the eponymous songstress.
The RFL’s Fellowship Scheme places professional writers in higher education institutions as an independent resource, to support students who wish to develop their written communication skills.
Sue said: “I feel very lucky to have this role. To be able to help give someone confidence in their writing when maybe it wasn’t there before is a real privilege.
“It’s wonderful to think someone you’ve worked with is going to go on and make a real contribution to society as a result of success in their studies.”
Caroline added: “A lot of people think the hard part when writing is actually getting the words down, but I think it’s more about how you work your text once you have it.
“It’s like a potter at their wheel. Throwing the clay is just the start, you then have to have the skill and dexterity to turn a beautiful pot.”
Professor Jean Webb, who has been the project manager for the RLF at Worcester for more than a decade, said: “The RLF recognises and values the University of Worcester approach, which places student learning and experience at the centre of university life.”