As the renowned philologist, H.W.Fowler said:

'Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous and lucid.

As regards vocabulary, the familiar word should be preferred to the
far-fetched, the concrete to the abstract, the single to the circumlocution; the short to the long; the Saxon to the Romance, e.g.,"in the contemplated eventuality" should be "if so".

Sentences overloaded with abstract words are not curable by substituting equivalent concrete words; the structure has to be changed.'

I am offering mentoring on a general writing skills, i.e. how to meet the Fowler criteria quoted above. So, the mentoring would cover style, register, sentence structure, precise use of vocabulary, clarity, succinctness, balance, rhythm and cadence.

Please note that:

 The mentoring will not cover advice on structuring essays, dissertations           etc, as this is in the province of skills tutors.

2   Assessors who would like to have advice on writing assessment reports      could read the following papers on this website:
           Writing Assessment Reports: A Guide for the Perplexed
           Report Writing: Keep it Short!
           Format for Diagnostic Report

Fee: £70 per hour
If you are interested, please email me at