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The School of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brooks University hosts Writing Fellows from the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) in London. The RLF is a charity which supports professional writers through a variety of schemes, and Oxford Brooks University was one of the pioneer hosts for the RLF Fellowship scheme.
The RLF scheme places experienced writers into higher education institutions to offer confidential one-to-one tutorials to undergraduate and postgraduate students on any aspect of writing and presentation, whether creative writing, academic assessed and non-assessed work, exam writing or seminar presentation. All Oxford Brookes students are entitled to sign up and consult with one of the Fellows, who are available across four days each week.
The Fellows’ office is T404 (Tonge Building) on the Gipsy Lane Campus. Students can make appointments by emailing the Fellows directly. The Royal Literary Fund Fellows only work between weeks 1 and 12 each semester.
S. W. Williams has published books under three different names, each of which marks a different phase of her writing career.As Sarah Matthews, she published reviews of books of and on poetry, translations from the French, mainly of books on history or the history of ideas — among them Fernand Braudel’s On History (Blackwell), shortlisted for the Scott Moncrieff prize for translation, and Alain Besançon’s The Intellectual Origins of Leninism (Blackwell). She also published a great number of children’s information books under the Moonlight Publishing imprint, and a range of school textbooks and school editions of classic writers such as Mark Twain and Conan Doyle for Stanley Thornes, Heinemann and Pearsons.
As her interests developed in recent years, she found herself focusing more and more on crime fiction, and in 2015, writing as Sarah Williams, was commissioned to write How to Write Crime Fiction (Robinson).Most recently, she has moved from being a writer of information books to becoming a crime fiction author, under the name S. W. Williams. Her debut crime fiction novel, Small Deaths, was published in 2017 by Crime Scene Books. Currently she is working on a psychological crime thriller series featuring a community psychiatric nurse. The first title in the series is It Should Have Been You.
Throughout her writing career, S. W. Williams has been committed to exploring the art and craft of writing well, through textbooks such as Making Texts Work, through teaching in schools and for the Open University, and through running creative writing courses.
Clare Morgan is a fiction writer and literary critic. Her novel A Book for All and None (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012) was shortlisted for the Author’s Club best novel award, and reflects her interest in creating fictions around real historical characters and events, in this case Virginia Woolf and Friedrich Nietzsche. Her short story collection An Affair of the Heart, featuring stories set in a range of international locations, was published by Seren (1996) and her stories have been widely anthologized, and commissioned and broadcast by BBC Radio 4.
She has researched extensively the relation between poetry and business and her non-fiction book, What Poetry Brings to Business, was published by University of Michigan Press (2010). Her ongoing work in the field is reflected in international presentations and workshops; in her chapter ‘Thinking Beyond the Facts’ for the publication Humanizing Business (Springer, 2020); and in an essay published in the business magazine Fast Company in August 2020. Clare Morgan’s interest in writers and writing is evidenced in her academic essays on seminal figures such as Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather and George Orwell, as well as less familiar writers such as Margiad Evans. She has worked closely with emergent writers inside and outside academe to help them develop their individual voices and take forward their writerly and critical careers, and her paper ‘The Big Business of Creative Writing’ was presented at the international Writers and their Education symposium (Oxford University, 2019). She reviews occasionally for the Times Literary Supplement.