Odegaard Writing and Research Center

Podcast

Writing in graduate school is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Through a series of conversational interviews with graduate and postgraduate students, this podcast from the Odegaard Writing and Research Center offers a practical companion to writing at the graduate level by asking experienced writers about their processes and practices. By placing current and former graduate students in dialogue with one another, we aim to open up a conversation about how writing actually happens across disciplines. Listen in as our guests reflect on their own writing processes and how they learned what works for them. Maybe you’ll even find a strategy that is right for you!

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Episodes

Season Three

Episode 1: Megan & Mikhail

Audio Transcript: Episode 1

In this episode, we hear from Megan and Mikhail, graduate students in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies and Archeology, respectively. In their discussion, we hear about utilizing multiple forms of communication, negotiating audiences, and the ongoing process of refining your approach. Listen in to learn more!

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Episode 2: Anna & Safi

Audio Transcript: Episode 2

In this episode, we hear from Anna and Safi, doctoral candidates in the fields of history and English. Together, they talk about writing and research practice, reflections on their own habits and processes from a teaching perspective, and clarifying the audiences and stakes of their work. Listen in to learn more!

Find out more about the material mentioned in this episode:

  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott (Penguin Random House, 1995)
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett (2014, HarperCollins)
  • The Creative Habit – Twyla Tharp (Simon & Schuster, 2006)
  • A Disability History of the United States – Kim E. Nielsen (Beacon Press, 2013)
  • “Beach Boys” – Barb Rabe (poem)
  • Yến Lê Espiritu – Learn more about Espiritu’s work on critical refugee studies and peruse her publications here
  • The Theory of the Novel – Georg Lukács (The MIT Press, 1974)

Episode 3: Sarah & Maria

Audio Transcript: Episode 3

In this episode, we talk with former graduate students Sarah and Maria. Now a few years out from earning their doctorates, Sarah and Maria reflect on writing both within and beyond the scope of their dissertations, and what they wish they knew before they finished. Listen in to hear their tips, insights, and recommendations!

Find out more about the material mentioned in this episode:

  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) – Access the NCFDD’s vast range or resources and support for free through the University of Washington’s institutional membership.
  • Scrivener – Scrivener is a an app designed with lengthy writing projects in mind. Learn more here.
  • The Pomodoro Technique – This time management strategy is summarized by Dr. Amrita Mandal in “The Pomodoro Technique: An Effective Time Management Tool.”
  • Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success­ – Wendy Laura Belcher (University of Chicago Press, 2019)
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott (Penguin Random House, 1995)
  • Find collected essays from John McPhee on writing through The New Yorker here.
  • How to Write a Thesis – Umberto Eco (The MIT Press, 2015)

Trailer: Season 3

Audio transcript: Trailer

Season Two

Episode 1: Karen & Elyse

Audio Transcript: Episode 1

In this special episode, we hear from Karen and Elyse, graduate students in the University of Washington’s Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Arts for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages programs, respectively. Listen in as they chat about they chat about their experiences, including grappling with perfectionism, navigating pressure, and reflecting on one’s one writing.  

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Episode 2: Lily & Madison

Audio Transcript: Episode 2

In this episode, Lily and Madison – both nearing the end of their dissertation writing – share their takes on time management, responsibility in writing, and the specter of critique.

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Episode 3: Biljana & Lily

Audio Transcript: Episode 3

In this episode we hear from pre-candidacy doctoral students Biljana and Lily as they chat about experiences of writing early on in a doctoral program, finding your niche, balance, and thinking about feedback.

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Episode 4: Brittney & Christopher

Audio Transcript: Episode 4

In this episode, we talk to Brittney and Chris, doctoral candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences. Listen in as they discuss transformation, problematizing the production of knowledge, sustaining oneself, and engaging conversations outside of traditional academic spaces.

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Episode 5: Christina & Ayda

Audio Transcript: Episode 5

In our final episode of the season, we chat with doctoral students Christina and Ayda and get their takes on beginnings, challenges of interdisciplinary practice, seeking out feedback, and finding inspiration.

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Teaser: Announcing Season 2

 Audio Transcript: Teaser

Season One

Episode 1: Hollis & Hope

In our first episode, we hear from doctoral candidates Hollis and Hope from UW’s Department of Anthropology as they discuss their changing processes of writing and one of the most common challenges of writing – revision.

Audio Transcript: Episode 1

Episode 2: Yoli & Glenys

This episode brings together doctoral candidate in archeology, Yoli, and museology master’s student, Glenys, to discuss how they have navigated writing for different contexts, aims, and audiences with a special focus on public-facing work.

Audio Transcript: Episode 2

Episode 3: Caroline & Aaron

In this episode, we talk with graduate students Caroline and Aaron from the Art History and China Studies programs at UW, who discuss their master’s theses, the challenges of adapting to writing at home, seeking input from others, and the ongoing work of refining one’s writing process.

Audio Transcript: Episode 3

Episode 4: Sam & Michelle

In our final episode of this season, we listen in on doctoral candidates from UW’s Department of Philosophy, Sam and Michelle, who discuss how to manage expectations from yourself and others to find a productive balance between academic work, writing, and everyday life.

Audio Transcript: Episode 4