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Write for You 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 Four

Episode 1: Madalena

Audio Transcript: Episode 1

In this episode, we talk to Madalena (she/her), a first-year Ph.D. student in the University of Washington’s  Department of Geography, about gaining confidence, working through translation, and getting to know your process. Listen in to hear more!

Episode 2: Jeevan

Audio Transcript: Episode 2

In this episode, we talk to Jeevan (he/him), a recent graduate from the University of Washington’s Master of Arts for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) program (Department of English) and future first-year Ph.D. student, about inspiration, writing with goals in mind, and the importance of knowing when to take a break. Listen in to hear more!

Episode 3: Andrew

Audio Transcript: Episode 3

In this episode, we talk to Andrew (he/him), a Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Washington’s  Department of History and Associate Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, about navigating a changing writing process, writing across a range of genres, and the richness of editorial feedback. Listen in to hear more!

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Episode 4: Renee

Audio Transcript: Episode 4

In this episode, we talk to Renee (she/her), a recent Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of English, about how she finished her dissertation, the importance of community, and what comes next. Listen in to hear more!

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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!

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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!

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Trailer: Season 3

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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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Trailer: Announcing Season 2

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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