Phil Vincent
Royal Literary Fund Fellowship - Writer in Residence
Philip Vincent

In collaboration with the Royal Literary Fellowship, YSJU also have a writer-in-residence, Mark Illis, who is here to offer advice and guidance on your written work.

Mark’s been writing novels and short stories, TV and radio drama, and screenplays, for around 30 years. Any problem you’re having with your academic work is almost certainly something he’s faced in his own writing. He can help you get started, or help you improve what you’ve written. Recent favourite books? Station 11 by Emily St John Mandel, Plainsong by Kent Haruf. All-time favourites? Huckleberry Finn, pretty much anything by Dickens, The Passion by Jeanette Winterson.

What happens when you meet Mark? You’ll have a one-to-one meeting for around 45 minutes. It’s confidential and there’s no pressure. You may not have anything for him to read, that’s fine, but if you do he can have a look at it before you meet, or read a page or two during your appointment. He may ask you to read some of it to him. And then if you like you can schedule another meeting to see how you’re getting on. Mark will do his best to help you to write clearly and cogently. You may even find (no guarantees) that your grades start to improve.

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(Edited by Rosie Hare - original submission Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 2:50 PM)