Writing Consultations

Individual writing consultations are geared toward improving the overall argument, structure, and style of your papers, chapters, or fellowship essays. We do not provide line editing or English language proofreading. Letting your writing specialist know in advance what you would like to work on is key.

GSAS students are eligible to schedule one writing consultation per week, dependent upon availability. Appointments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To request that a writing specialist meet with you, please complete our FWC intake form, to which you should attach your piece of writing. Students are welcome to submit drafts that are at any stage of completeness: very rough drafts are fine, as are more polished pieces or papers that students are preparing for publication. Appointments generally take 30 minutes for fellowship essays and one hour for other types of writing.

Oral Presentation Consultations

The FWC staff also provides consultations on practice oral presentations—conference papers, dissertation defenses, job talks, and more. We evaluate your content (structure, argumentation, etc.), style (clarity, concision, smooth transitions, etc.), and use of visuals. During the academic year, please book a slot for your practice presentation, which are held every Friday during the academic year from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m; during the summer, please email us at gsas-fwc@fas.harvard.edu to schedule an appointment.