Martin Sketchley

Hi. I’m a published novelist and scriptwriter, the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Aston University, and a writing workshop facilitator. I have over 2o years’ experience working on business text destined for blue-chip multinationals and organisations such as The British Council and World Bank, and am the West Midlands’ representative for the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

Get in touch to discuss a project, or tweet me.

Writing: bespoke, creative, in a tone of voice unique to you
Writing workshops for self discovery and good mental health
Mentoring on creative, business and academic writing
Editing to increase readability and address redundancy
Consultancy on effective written communications
Analysis of research into concise reports
Localisation into strong British English
Script and speech writing


Selected articles from the blog

Scissors & Glue – a few tips for writers
Punctuation (and other) Basics – important points explained
The Importance of Quality – “content” = more than SEO
Essence of Wyndham, Absence of Women – vintage SF from the BFI
Random Acts of Senseless Violence – Jack Womack’s near future dystopia
Trans-Europe Express – a break in Bruges
Flamboyant Gestures – signs of middle age
Shortwave – my radio posts
Scrivenings – some Scrivener tips


That was the most real, honest and helpful criticism I’ve ever had.
Business student, Aston University

I really enjoyed the tasks Martin set and meeting other people in the group.
It felt like a safe and supportive environment.
Writing workshop participant

I feel I can do so much more with Scrivener now.
Pascale Presumey, Scrivener workshop participant

[The ending] knocked my socks off, left my jaw gaping…
Norman Spinrad on The Affinity Trap, Asimov’s SF