Now Available: Report on Graduate Professional Development
In 2015, the Dean at the School of Graduate Studies commissioned a report from Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier,
Special Advisor for Graduate Professional Development. Dr. Reithmeier has submitted his report, which is based on wide consultation and discussion among various stakeholders. It includes a number of recommendations which have been considered carefully by the SGS Decanal Team.
We are pleased to provide both Dr. Reithmeier's report and the SGS Response here:
SGS would like to thank Dr. Reithmeier for his report and his tireless contributions to the promotion of GPD at the University of Toronto.
As this will be an ongoing effort, we invite and welcome comments from all members of our University community to the report and the SGS response. Please send feedback to
How We Write: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blank Page
Edited by Suzanne Akbari
Contributors: Derek Gregory, Michael Collins, Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Alexandra Gillespie, Alice Hutton Sharp, Asa Simon Mittman, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Maura Nolan, Richard H. Godden, Bruce Holsinger, Stuart Elden, Steve Mentz, Daniel T. Kline
In late spring 2015, SGS hosted a Dissertation Writing Roundtable to explore the challenges students face in writing their dissertations and what models of support could be shared.
Among the roundtable presenters was PhD candidate Michael Collins, who later published a
blog post about his experience. This post spawned a series of lively discussions online and on social media. Regardless of our field or our format, just how do we write? How can these personal experiences help others facing the blank page?
Suzanne Akbari, Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto and 2015-16 Special Advisor to the Dean, Graduate Program Innovation seized the opportunity to select key parts of the discussion, creating a compelling publication that conveys what she describes as "idiosyncratic" approaches to writing.
How We Write: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blank Page gathers the perspectives of current and recent graduate students as well as scholars working in disparate genres and a variety of fields, from art history to geography and from literature to music. It is a valuable resource for anyone engaged in the unique challenges and rewards of writing.
Learn more about the publication.
Dissertation writing groups are welcome to book space at the School of Graduate Studies. We currently have three rooms available: Rooms 109 and 111 in 63 St. George, and Room 201 in 65 St. George. Please check our
Room Booking page for details.