Royal Literary Fellows

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The University has two Fellows placed with the Academic Skills Centre from the Royal Literary Fund for 2019/2020.

Royal Literary Fund Fellows are professional writers who are at Goldsmiths on certain days of the week to help students improve their academic writing skills. The principal aim of the Fellows' work is to foster good writing practice across all disciplines.

The Fellows can help all Goldsmiths students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, with their writing.  Whatever your programme of study you can book an appointment with Dyan Sheldon or Rachel Seiffert.

Book an appointment

Tutorials are for 50-minutes and are available throughout the week during term-time.

To book an appointment, please email fellowsbook ( with the time and date you would like an appointment, we will then try to accommodate this request.
Appointments are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we cannot reserve spaces. 

Royal Literary Fellow appointment times

Monday: 9.30 | 10.30 | 11.30 | 1.30 | 2.30 | 3.30
Tuesday: 9.30 | 10.30 | 11.30 | 1.30 | 2.30 | 3.30
Thursday: 9.30 | 10.30 | 11.30 | 1.30 | 2.30 | 3.30 | 4.30
Friday: 9.30 | 10.30 | 11.30 | 12.30 | 1.30


If you have booked an appointment and find you are unable to attend, please email us fellowsbook ( at least 24 hours before the appointment to cancel. Failure to do so without good reason may mean you are unable to sign up for further appointments.


Meet the Fellows

Dyan Sheldon

Dyan Sheldon

Dyan Sheldon has written over fifty books, ranging from picture books and children’s fiction to young adult and adult novels. Her work includes the widely translated and internationally bestselling picture book The Whales' Song and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, which became a major Disney film. Her short stories have appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies. Her one foray into non-fiction was a travel book.

In recent years she has concentrated on fiction for young adults. Although she has been known to incorporate elements of fantasy or science fiction into her writing, her novels are about today’s teenagers and today’s world. Sheldon’s novels focus on character, and employ humour to explore themes of independence, identity and self-realization — as well as contemporary issues. In Crazy Things Girls Do for Love the girls of the title take a crash course in green issues and the damage being done to our beleaguered planet when they all get a crush on the new boy in school and join the Environmental Club to be near him. In More than One Way to Be a Girl she uses the friendship of two very different girls – one über girly and one who once would have been called a tomboy – to examine the gender stereotypes and feminist issues that affect everyone.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Dyan worked in publishing in London, first as a blurb writer and then as a commissioning editor. Born in the United States, she now lives in London.

Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert has published four novels, A Boy in Winter, The Dark Room, Afterwards, and The Walk Home, and one collection of short stories, Field Study.  Her novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and longlisted three times for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, most recently in 2018. In 2003, she was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists; in 2011 she received the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and, last year, the US Association of Jewish Libraries Honor Book Award.

Rachel has taught creative writing at postgraduate level for almost two decades - working as a guest tutor at the Humboldt University Berlin, Spalding College in the US, and Goldsmiths College, amongst others.  In recent years, most of her teaching has been in state schools, working as Writer in Residence at two London secondaries for First Story, the national writing charity, and at a primary school federation too, developing and delivering lesson sequences, and training and mentoring teachers new to the classroom.

When not teaching or writing, Rachel Seiffert is most often found walking her dog, gardening, or knitting.  She is doing a lot of the latter at the moment, as it helps the thinking process, and she's in the early stages of her next novel.