The Fellowships & Writing Center (FWC) helps GSAS students heighten the impact of their research. We offer fellowships advising for internal and external awards, individual consultations to review pieces of writing, dedicated writing space, workshops on various aspects of writing, feedback on oral presentations, and other programming to all GSAS students in any discipline. We work with students at all stages of their careers who seek to improve their academic papers, dissertations, and presentations by fostering and refining their written and oral communication skills.

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Honing your Writing Process

November 17, 2021, 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET

November 19, 2021, 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. ET

Not writing? Feeling stuck or anxious? As the end of the semester approaches, looming deadlines and other responsibilities (e.g., grading) can increase anxiety and, rather than stimulate productivity, can grind our work to a halt. If that's the case for you, then join us for a hands-on workshop intended to get your creative energy flowing through a number of activities: troubleshooting common roadblocks for getting writing done and identifying strategies to overcome them; engaging in writing prompts designed to redirect your mind away from distraction and towards writing; and reflecting on the conventions and keys of academic writing. We will hold two identical sessions:

FWC Staff

Jeannette Miller is the executive director of the FWC. Miller received her PhD in French and Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in post-imperial Algerian migration to France. A former Fulbright grantee and NEH summer scholar, her work has been published in French Politics, Culture & Society. She has taught classes on French language and culture, history, and writing at Penn State, Goucher College, the Institute for American Universities in France, and Johns Hopkins University. For nearly a decade, she has been a fellowships advisor mentoring students as they produce their most compelling applications for a variety of nationally competitive awards. She relishes the opportunity to work with Harvard students on their writing at all stages of their PhD training, and on their oral communication skills, believing that all students have the capacity to grow their self-expression skills with assiduous support.

Christopher Brown received his PhD from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, specializing in medieval and Renaissance Italian Studies. His research focuses on 14th-century poetry and time-consciousness, among other topics, and has been published by such leading journals as Renaissance Quarterly. Prior to joining the FWC, Brown taught Italian language and literature at Harvard, Holy Cross, and elsewhere, and, since his doctoral years, has been actively involved in promoting graduate student wellbeing—serving, for example, as the coordinating fellow of Dudley House (now the GSAS Student Center). In addition, Brown has worked as an English teacher and a journalist, and he believes that all forms of writing have the capacity to be beautiful.

Katie Callam received her PhD in music (historical musicology) from the Harvard University Department of Music with a secondary field in American studies. Her research focuses on curating and public music history in the United States during the early 20th century. Dedicated to collaborative work in the humanities, Callam has co-researched and co-written an article published in American Music, among other projects. She is a recipient of the Society for American Music’s Mark Tucker Prize and a Harvard Library Pforzheimer Fellowship. Callam views the writing process as an endlessly fascinating puzzle of arranging words and organizing ideas, and she enjoys helping other writers work toward prose that is clear and convincing.

Alex Creighton received his PhD from the Department of English at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Specializing in eighteenth-century literature, he writes about the development of the idea that time is an expendable resource—something we keep and lose—by examining the arts of music and fiction. His research appears in multiple peer-reviewed and public-facing journals, including The Rambling, VENTI, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. A longtime instructor in higher education, he has taught courses in English, Creative Writing, WGS, and Expository Writing. Writing, he believes, is all about practice: trying new things, making mistakes, revising, trying again. With practice—as well as guidance and encouragement—student writers can exceed the boundaries of what they thought themselves capable of.

Louis Gerdelan received his PhD from the Department of History at Harvard University, specializing in early modern Europe and the Atlantic world. His research reveals the ways in which people on both sides of the Atlantic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries developed new means of understanding disasters. He has an article on this topic forthcoming in the Massachusetts Historical Review, and he has previously published on sectarian pamphlet literature and scientific travel writing. Gerdelan has taught a variety of history courses at both Harvard College and the University of Auckland (New Zealand).  He views academic writing as an exercise involving a unique fusion of creative, analytical, and rhetorical skills, and he enjoys helping students use these abilities to communicate their work with clarity and eloquence.

Emmy Waldman received her PhD from the Department of English at Harvard University, specializing in graphic narrative and auto/biography studies. Her current book project explores the entanglement of the self and other people in the contemporary American graphic memoir. Other projects underway include: a study of comics, the art world, and racial identity; a collaborative academic article on comics and lyric poetry; and a collaborative illustrated essay on graphic medicine. Waldman’s research in comics appears in such venues as The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Psychoanalysis, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and COVID-19 and Creative Resilience, among others. She has taught at Harvard University and the Harvard Extension School and has led interdisciplinary workshops in non-university settings, using her studio arts background to lower the drawbridge to literary scholarship. Waldman believes that good writing takes a village, if not a small country; and she is eager to support Harvard GSAS students as they corral their brilliant ideas into clear, persuasive prose.   

Jordan Wilkerson received his PhD in chemistry from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. From deploying low-flying airplanes to high-flying balloons, his graduate research centered on using airborne devices to directly observe our atmosphere’s changing chemical composition. His work has been published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. He also consistently participates in public discourse about science. He has given numerous public talks about environmental issues and writes for various news outlets such as Eos and Scientific American. Wilkerson is passionate about helping graduate students more clearly communicate their research and its impact on our world today.

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