PhD Plus – Expanding your Audience: An Introduction to the Longform Essay

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Do you dream of seeing your byline in the New York Review of Books or The Atlantic? Or maybe your thoughts on what medieval France can tell us about Taylor Swift can’t be confined by the boundaries of an academic article or short op-ed. Even if you’re simply curious about the inner workings of the essays you see compiled on Longreads, join us for this introduction to the world of longform essay writing. 

In this one-day workshop, Jess Swoboda, PhD, will help us map the different genres and outlets for longform essays, discuss the shape and structure of this kind of writing compared to academic writing, and walk us through how to write an effective pitch. You’ll then get a chance to discuss your ideas with others during a working lunch, catered by Roots.

Space may be limited, so register now to hold your spot!


This event will be tailored for PhD students in the humanities, but all are welcome. 

Jess Swoboda is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UVA, where she received her PhD in English in May 2023. She is also a contributing editor at The Point magazine, where she has edited the interview series Criticism in Public, cohosts the podcast Selected Essays, and manages their Program for Public Thinking. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Point, ASAP/J, Commonweal, Textual Practice, and Contemporary Literature.


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