Departmental Writing Fellow

Stephen Shennan, 2021–2022

DWF Appointments

The Departmental Writing Fellow (DWF) is a resource for all undergraduates enrolled in Classics courses—including General Education courses taught by Classics Department faculty—who would like help with their writing. Whether you need help starting a paper, formulating an argument, editing a draft, or figuring out the conventions of writing in the Classics and its sub-disciplines, the DWF can help!


Drop-in: I hold regular office hours on the Mezzanine level (first door on your way upstairs, then turn left) in Boylston Hall every Wednesday from 1–2:30 p.m. You may sign up for a 30-minute appointment at DWF Appointments or just come say hi.

I also offer meeting by appointment most days via Zoom and/or in person. See the DWF appointments link above, or just write to me and we can find a time.

Instructions for students

I am happy to meet with you at any stage in the writing process! Please sign up for an appointment and be sure to bring a copy of the assignment prompt to our meeting. You can also send me brainstorming materials (e.g., an article, an image, a short primary text) or an outline in advance, but it is not required.

Our meeting is best thought of as a conversation, and I will not be copy-editing or returning marked-up drafts. Together we will find the key areas to focus on going forward, which may include working with the Writing Center on some aspects of your work (e.g. grammar).

Special instructions for students who wish to go over a draft

If you want comments on a draft, please bring this along to your appointment. If the draft is shorter than 8 pages, I do not need to read it in advance. If you would like me to read a full draft of a longer paper (8+ pages) or a thesis chapter, please email me your draft at least 2 hours before your appointment time. I will read up to 20 double-spaced pages of a draft. For longer drafts, please indicate the sections you would like to discuss.

Remember, your draft does not have to be complete before our meeting! Talking through ideas can be helpful at any stage of the writing process.

For senior thesis writers: If you would like to go over a draft of your thesis, I can only review one chapter per meeting. However, you are welcome to sign up for more than one meeting if you would like to discuss several chapters.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at