Courses offered by Sarah LeFanu

Sarah focuses on editing and self-editing skills:

  • From draft to proof
  • The art and craft of academic writing
  • Creative re-writing
  • Writing memoir, autobiography, family history

About Sarah

Sarah is an acclaimed biographer and non-fiction writer, as well as writing fiction and drama for radio. Her books include Rose Macaulay (‘rich and perceptive’ – TLS) and S is for Samora: A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream (‘a cracking biography’ – Independent). She has abridged and adapted both fiction and non-fiction for BBC R4, and has also been presenter of A Good Read. She frequently chairs events for the Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Bath Literature Festival and the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

For many years Sarah worked in publishing, and was Senior Editor at The Women’s Press.
She has completed RLF fellowships at the universities of Exeter and Bristol. At the University of Bristol she teaches on the BA in English Literature and Community Engagement, and she also delivers a regular workshop on Writing Memoir, Autobiography and Family History for the English Department’s Short Courses Programme.

In her workshops for postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers Sarah focuses both on building confidence and on transferring the skills by which learners will be able to strengthen and improve their own writing, from sentence to paragraph, to essay, to thesis and book.

Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, reflective commentaries, letters and emails, books, communicating with non-specialists
Participants: Postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic)
Activities: Workshops, seminars, tutorials
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, biographer, copywriter, playwright, radio or TV writer
Location: West and South West England
Availability for travel: International