Writing tips – Harriet Castor (and news about next year)

by Harriet Castor

This is a very stressful time of year for many people, with exams and coursework deadlines looming. As it said in large, friendly letters on the cover of Ford Prefect’s manual The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, DON’T PANIC. Try to remember that writing clearly is the best method. Leave the complexity and subtlety for the ideas and arguments you are expressing; the way you express them does not need to be complicated too. As you write each paragraph, make sure that the point you are making is clear in your own mind… then write it as straightforwardly as you can.

Good luck to everyone who is sitting exams this week! This is just to let you know that I’m available for appointments at my usual times (see below) until Thursday May 14th.

Next year, my role as Royal Literary Fund fellow will be taken by the very friendly and fantastic writer Maria McCann. Do come and see her – she will be keen to help you!

If you’d like to book a confidential one-to-one session with me to work on your writing skills, please email Harriet.Castor@uwe.ac.uk I’m at Frenchay on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


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