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Cherise Saywell

A novelist and short-story writer with a background in academic research, Cherise uses practical and accessible techniques to teach the craft of good writing, with a particular emphasis on editing skills.

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Additional expertise:
  • group facilitating
  • proof reading
  • techniques in short fiction

Courses offered by Cherise Saywell include:

  • Editing for clarity
  • How to write great sentences: a how-to guide to writing strong short sentences, and elegant long ones
  • Effective paraphrasing (and how it can help you improve your writing)
  • How to write your critical reflective account
  • The second draft – shaping your rough draft

Cherise is a novelist and short story writer. Her two novels, Desert Fish (2011) and Twitcher (2013), were published by Vintage, in Australia. She has won the V.S. Pritchett Prize (2003) and the Mslexia Prize (2015) for her short fiction. She worked as an academic researcher at the University of Glasgow and the University of Queensland, Australia, carrying out work on media representations of illness, before starting to write fiction. Cherise has also worked in sports publishing and has plenty of experience adapting writing for different audiences and disciplines.

Cherise was the RLF Fellow at Stirling University from 2014–16, assisting students from undergraduate to PhD level on a one-to-one basis. She currently runs writing workshops in Scottish schools as part of the RLF Bridge Programme. She enjoys teaching writing, and particularly likes demonstrating techniques that can help postgraduates and academics develop an editorial eye in relation to their own work.

Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering & Related
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, journal articles, books
Participants: Postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic)
Activities: Workshops, seminars, tutorials
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, novelist
Location: Scotland
Availability for travel: Regional
Testimonials for Cherise Saywell

… the workshop was interesting and educational, gave good examples and offered opportunities for practice and development.

-- Administrator and Academic Skills Tutor
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