Department Writing Fellow


Jonathan Thumas, 2020-21 Department Writing Fellow


EALC DWF Appointments

The Department Writing Fellow (DWF) is a resource for all undergraduates enrolled in courses offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations (including Gen Ed courses taught by department faculty). The DWF offers one-on-one consultations to assist those at any stage in the writing process who would like help with articulating, organizing, and presenting their ideas in writing. Whether you need help starting a paper, formulating an argument, editing a draft, ensuring the clarity of your writing, or figuring out the conventions of writing and reference in the multi-disciplinary field of East Asian Studies, the DWF can help you.

Availability for 2020-21

I hold virtual appointments weekly. You may check available times and sign up for a 30-minute appointment (and up to two consecutive time slots for a total of 60 minutes) at EALC DWF Appointments. Because I hope to meet with as many students as possible each week, my general policy is that you can only meet with me once in a given week. If you anticipate needing more than one meeting in a single week, please email me directly. If you cannot attend a meeting for which you are scheduled, please remove your appointment and let me know as soon as possible. If you would like to schedule an appointment but are unable to attend during the listed times, please email me to see if we can determine an alternative meeting time. International students still abroad are especially encouraged to contact me to inquire about special arrangements for appointments better suited to their respective time zones.

Instructions for students

I am happy to meet with you at any stage in the writing process. After you sign up for an appointment, please email me the assignment prompt, if applicable. I will also look over any brainstorming materials, outlines, or drafts as long as they are sent in advance. To ensure the most thorough and effective feedback, students wishing to go over a draft are encouraged to send it to me 24 hours prior to our meeting. Note that I will read up to 20 double-spaced pages of a draft. For drafts that exceed this length, please indicate the sections you would like to discuss. If you would like to go over a draft of your senior thesis, I can review one chapter per meeting, and you may sign up for more than one meeting if you would like to discuss several chapters.

Writing Resources

A Student’s Guide to Writing in East Asian Studies

Harvard College Writing Center

East Asian Studies Undergraduate Handbook  

Yale University “Quick Guide on Citation Style for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Sources”

Princeton University, “A Guide to Independent Work in East Asian Studies”