Improve your writing with advice from the Royal Literary Fund

Lynn Knight and Wendy Moore
Lynn Knight and Wendy Moore

Would you like to develop and improve your writing? Professional writers are available in the Humanities Floor 1 Reading Room to offer bespoke advice. This service is free to anyone with a Reader Pass but you need to book in advance.

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In a partnership between the British Library and the Royal Literary Fund (RLF), two RLF Writing Fellows are available in the Humanities Floor 1 Reading Room. They are at the British Library one day a week for bespoke one-to-one consultations with anyone holding a Reader Pass. This service is free to Readers. 

The Fellows are:

  • Lynn Knight - writer of biography, memoir and social history
  • Wendy Moore - freelance journalist and author of non-fiction.

Launched in 1999, the RLF Fellowship scheme was set up originally to place established writers in universities and colleges throughout Britain with the aim of fostering good writing practice across all disciplines and media. This is the first time the scheme is being extended to the British Library.

Whatever you're writing - fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, biography or memoir, an academic thesis or something more personal - the Fellows can offer you advice.

Book a 50-minute consultation with one of the Fellows for advice on any aspect of your writing craft. You will need a British Library Reader Pass.

Lynn Knight is at the Library on Tuesdays, and Wendy Moore on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Fellows will want to know the nature of your enquiry and may ask you to send a short sample of your writing before you meet. The sessions are advisory in nature, designed to help you develop your writing and editing skills. Don't expect the Fellows to proofread or copy-edit your work.

Lynn Knight

Lynn Knight has written biography, memoir and social history. Her latest book, The Button Box: The story of women in the 20th century, told through the clothes they wore, reflects her interest in the texture and narratives of women’s lives. A Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary University of London from 2015 to 2018, she teaches literature courses at the City Lit and has run study days at the Charleston Literary Festival, the Geffrye Museum and elsewhere. She has also edited two collections of short stories which grew out of her former role as an editorial director of Virago.

Wendy Moore

Wendy Moore is a freelance journalist and the author of four non-fiction books based on stories from medical and social history written for a general audience. Her first book The Knife Man (Bantam, 2005) - a biography of the 18th-century surgeon John Hunter - won the Medical Journalists’ Association consumer book award. Her second book Wedlock: how Georgian Britain’s worst husband met his match (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2009) was picked for Channel 4’s TV Book Club in 2010 and reached No.1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Her most recent books are How to Create the Perfect Wife (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013) and The Mesmerist (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017). She is currently working on a book about a military hospital run by women in London in the First World War which is due to be published in April 2020.

As a journalist, specialising in medical issues, Wendy has written for most national newspapers including the Times, Guardian, Observer and Sunday Telegraph, as well as for magazines such as the British Medical Journal, Lancet and Literary Review. She has a diploma in the history of medicine and writes regularly on medical history. She lives in London with her husband, who is an editor, and two children, Sam and Susie.