Cherise uses practical and accessible techniques to teach the craft of good writing, including all aspects of the process from planning and drafting to editing and polishing.
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
- Developing your voice in your academic writing
Cherise is a novelist and short story writer. Her novels, Desert Fish (2011) and Twitcher (2013), were published by Vintage, and her short fiction has won numerous awards, including the Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Award. Before writing fiction, she worked as an academic researcher at the University of Glasgow and the University of Queensland.
Cherise was the RLF Fellow at Stirling University from 2014–16, and at Strathclyde University from 2018 to 2021, providing one-to-one writing consultations to students, from undergraduates to PhDs. Since 2017, she has run workshops for PGT, Masters and PhD candidates at institutions including Edinburgh University and Strathclyde University, focusing on voice, editing and reflective writing. She has run workshops for several doctoral training partnerships and her thesis-writing retreats (most recently at Heriot Watt University) are motivational as well as practical, addressing common issues that arise in the course of writing a thesis.
Workshops are always highly interactive, with an emphasis on delivering practical techniques for writing development. Cherise enjoys helping participants identify the skills they need to become better writers.
… the workshop was interesting and educational, gave good examples and offered opportunities for practice and development.