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Getting help with your writing

The Department of English has developed a range of simple resources to help anyone improve the quality of their writing. The advice is intended not just to help with academic work but also fiction, journalism and all forms of prose.

There are also a range of other options available at the Department to help you improve your writing.

Writing Resources to help you improve your writing

Book an appointment with the University Writing Centre

The Writing and Skills Centre is a free service, based in the Harry Fairhurst Building (LFA/102), open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students interested in discussing and developing their academic writing.

They offer one-to-one appointments during which they help you work on all aspects of academic writing. They are open throughout the Easter holiday period via online support.  

Book an appointment

Support for students with specific learning difficulties

Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Phoebe Power

Phoebe Power is a poet from Cumbria. She is the author of Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet, 2018), which received the Forward prize for best first collection and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize. Further publications include the pamphlets Harp Duet (2016) and Sea Change (Guillemot, 2021). Book of Days, Phoebe’s long poem in response to the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, was published in 2022 by Carcanet Press. 

Phoebe’s commissioned work includes projects with Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts and the National Trust relating to place, community and climate change, with her work on the Durham coast featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Country. She enjoys collaborating with other artists, for instance on Christl (2017-22), a multimedia installation telling the story of an Austrian woman war migrant. Phoebe’s work is driven by on-site and outdoor writing practices, formal experimentation on the threshold between poetry and prose and an abiding interest in faith and spirituality. She has performed her work at venues including Ledbury Poetry Festival and Schamrock’s Festival of Women Poets in Munich, and in 2021 was a writer-in-residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. 

As a tutor of creative writing, Phoebe has worked for The Poetry School, the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and the University of York St. John. Having originally trained to teach English as a second language, she has a broad range of experience in educational settings, both in the UK and abroad. Phoebe has been based in York since 2016. 

Phoebe is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in term time and some weeks of the vacation (see below). Her email address is

During the 2022/23 academic year Phoebe can book students into one-to-one appointments throughout Autumn and Spring Terms and in Weeks 1-7 in Summer Term; additionally, Phoebe is available to support students with their academic writing at key vacation crunch points, in Weeks 11 & 12 of Autumn Term (6-7 December; 13-14 December) and for two weeks of the Easter vacation (21-22 March, 28-29 March).  

Students will be able to book appointments with Phoebe from Week 2 in the Autumn Term.  Please note that appointments will normally be face-to-face, but Phoebe has some remote availability for students who have a compelling reason not to be able to come to campus. 

The Royal Literary Fund Fellows' office is D/L/140, Derwent L Block.

Please note that there is sometimes a great demand for these meetings. Be sure that when you make an appointment you are able to keep it.

A student perspective

Hear from some students about how working with the Royal Literary Fund Fellows improved their writing.

FellowshipsStudentPerspective from Royal Literary Fund on Vimeo.