April is National Poetry Month


April is National Poetry Month Poetry can help us celebrate happy times and get us through difficult ones. Lucky for us, this is National Poetry Month! Poets and poetry organizations around the country (and around the world) are offering many ways to lift our spirits and provide calm and comfort through poetry. Poet Tara Skurtu has started #InternationalPoetryCircle on Twitter as a platform for sharing videos of poets reading their favorite poems. Actor Sir Patrick Stewart uses the platform to share his reading of #ASonnetADay . The Academy of American Poets has several suggestions of how to engage with poetry virtually. [...]

April is National Poetry Month2020-04-09T11:39:56-04:00

New Undergraduate Fellow Named


New Undergraduate Fellow Named We are delighted to announce that Alexandra (Allie) Spensley ’20 has been named Princeton Writes’ 2019-2020 undergraduate fellow and Student Board chair. She will succeed Maha Al Fahim ’19, who has filled this role with great devotion and distinction during the past year. Allie is a rising senior, pursuing a major in history and certificates in American studies, history and the practice of diplomacy, and creative writing. The high caliber of her in-class writing has been recognized by the 2017 Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, the 2017 and 2018 Lewis Center for the Arts Outstanding Work Award, [...]

New Undergraduate Fellow Named2019-11-19T16:49:56-05:00

Symposium Debrief


Symposium Debrief by Cate Mahoney On Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, Princeton Writes saw the exciting culmination of many months of planning: its first annual symposium on the written and spoken word. Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words drew a rousing number of participants from across the University, and we thank you so much for making this event such a success. We enjoyed every step of this process, and we’re already thinking ahead to the next one! (Princeton Writes 2020!) As Princeton Writes' UAF (University Administrative Fellow), I’ll play crack reporter and give everyone a debrief on our two [...]

Symposium Debrief2019-11-15T20:25:52-05:00

Join Us for Connect: “Harnessing the Power of Words”


Mark your calendars! On May 2 and 3, 2019, Princeton Writes will hold a symposium on the written and spoken word, “Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words,” designed to strengthen staff communication skills and the human connections that sustain our campus. Registration opens on March 25 at noon via the University's Learning Center. If your desired sessions are full, please join their waiting lists, as cancellations frequently occur. Led by some of our University community’s most accomplished writers and speakers, the symposium will begin on May 2 with an opening conversation between the distinguished essayist and novelist Pico Iyer and interim Vice [...]

Join Us for Connect: “Harnessing the Power of Words”2019-03-19T12:00:02-04:00

Meet Cate Mahoney


  Hello, All! My name is Cate Mahoney, and I’m a graduate student here in the English department at Princeton. I’m also happy to announce that I’m a University Administrative Fellow for Princeton Writes this year! It’s nice to meet you, Internet. I study poetry and poetics and have been working for the past few years on a dissertation focusing on certain American poets in the 19th and 20th centuries. If I were to pick my two poetry ambassadors, they would be Emily Dickinson and Frank O’Hara. Born about a century apart, they are wildly different in their style but are [...]

Meet Cate Mahoney2018-09-20T10:35:59-04:00

Fall 2017 GradSpeak Kickoff Sept. 20th and Sept. 27th


Wednesday, September 20 | Noon-1:30pm Dillon Court East Wednesday, September 27 | Noon-1:30 pm Dillon Court East   Join us as the new academic year begins to sharpen your public speaking skills. GradSpeak is a workshop offered monthly to enhance graduate students' public speaking skills. Practice is encouraged and feedback is given in a constructive supportive environment. Each session will have a topic to practice (for example: your research in a nutshell) and a focus on technical skill such as diction or eye contact with the audience. Co-sponsored by The Graduate School and PrincetonWrites. Space is limited to 10 graduate students. Please [...]

Fall 2017 GradSpeak Kickoff Sept. 20th and Sept. 27th2017-09-13T14:07:09-04:00

Princeton Writes Creates a “Writers’ Room”


In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, there is a “Room of Requirement.” The idea is that when you need a place to go and you wish for the room, it appears, appointed with everything you need. At Princeton Writes, we do not have a room that morphs to fit any occasion, but we do have our own “Room of Requirement” especially suited for readers and writers. Our “Writers’ Room” is a little nook, tucked away in Dillon Court East. It has comfy chairs, coffee and tea, and a shelf full of books we offer in the tradition of the “Little Free [...]

Princeton Writes Creates a “Writers’ Room”2017-06-07T15:37:50-04:00

Princeton Writes Adds Drop-in Hours Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.


Beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Princeton Writes will offer drop-in hours from 1:00-3:00 p.m. every Tuesday during the academic year for any member of our University community. Stop by for help on your writing and speaking projects, whether you have a quick question or need assistance that's more in depth. As always, we will provide you with a supportive and confidential setting in which to discuss your communication challenges. Of course, help remains available by appointment throughout the week. We look forward to seeing you!

Princeton Writes Adds Drop-in Hours Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.2016-09-12T13:24:05-04:00

Meet Stephanie Whetstone, Assistant Program Director


This fall, Princeton Writes ceased to be an army of one, thanks to the appointment of its first assistant program director, Stephanie Whetstone from Durham, North Carolina. A talented writer and teacher, she has devoted more than a decade to helping high school, community college, and university students in her region communicate more effectively. She recently talked about her life with Princeton Writes’ undergraduate fellow, Emily Reardon ’16, who prepared this profile.   Stephanie Whetstone began her creative career as a sixth-grade poet in Kentucky. And even though she would marry a photographer, film documentaries, and fill her life with the [...]

Meet Stephanie Whetstone, Assistant Program Director2015-10-21T15:01:40-04:00

Princeton Writers Talk Fusion in Science Writing Workshop


This article first appeared in the PPPL Weekly of October 6, 2014, and is reproduced with the kind permission of Kitta MacPherson, director of communications for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The Princeton University staffer looked squarely at Angela Capece and asked her question: “What kind of research do you do?” The audience, perched in a conference room in an office tower overlooking main campus, listened closely as Capece, an associate research physicist at PPPL, launched into a simple explanation of fusion and how certain experiments are aiding its advancement. More questions followed. Over the next few minutes, Capece conveyed some of [...]

Princeton Writers Talk Fusion in Science Writing Workshop2014-10-06T20:37:40-04:00
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