Improve your writing with advice from the Royal Literary Fund

Wendy Moore and Max Eilenberg
Wendy Moore (photo: Colin Crisford) and Max Eilenberg.

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.

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:

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.

Max Eilenberg is at the Library on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Wendy Moore on Thursdays.

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.

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.

Max Eilenberg

Max Eilenberg writes mainly for children. He is the author of original picture books (Cowboy Kid and Squeak’s Good Idea) and retellings of classic fairy tales. His stories revolve around simple emotions and anxieties, and play with language, rhythm and humour. He particularly enjoys the craft of making picture books, working with illustrators so that text and pictures support, develop and amplify one another in a seamless whole; and the critical response he most values is when a child says — again, read it again!

In addition to his children’s books, Max Eilenberg has published essays on a range of subjects including art, epilepsy and contemporary American fiction. Most recently he has been working on a book on the history of the representation of Magna Carta, tracing the background of the document and its political uses and abuses over the last 800 years.

Max Eilenberg studied English at York, followed by research and teaching at Oxford, before making a career in publishing. He held senior editorial and management positions at Heinemann, Secker & Warburg and Methuen, and has worked with many prizewinning authors. He continues to act as a freelance publishing consultant and editor. He lives in north London with his partner of 30 years, plays guitar in a pub band, ranks Bob Dylan and Thomas Pynchon among his literary heroes, and clings to the hope that Arsenal will one day win the league again.