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Improve your writing with help from a professional writer

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

Improve your writing with help from our friendly, approachable Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Stephen Sharkey.

Stephen offers individual appointments to Birkbeck students where you can get advice on your writing in a supportive environment. All sessions are free and confidential.

Stephen will assist you to:

  • Get started on a first draft and deal with writer's block
  • Develop your writing skills and identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Express your ideas more clearly
  • Write in formal academic style
  • Incorporate your reading into your assignment

Stephen cannot:

  • Give an indication of any eventual mark that your work will receive
  • Edit your text – he can only give you feedback
  • Offer advice on subject-specific content
  • Help with creative writing. His focus is on writing for assignments, projects and dissertations

Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term-time, at the following times:

12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm
These appointments will usually be in-person but online appointments may be possible too.
To request an appointment, email

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