Gopen Writing Seminars

George D. Gopen, JD, PhDHeld annually in October/November, Writing from the Reader's Perspective is a three-part seminar series focuses on writing from the reader’s perspective. The series is based on the concept that in order to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading. The ideas presented in this series of workshops have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success. The 12-hour workshop is divided into four sessions, each one building on the one before. For maximum benefit, those who register should plan to attend all four sessions.

How to Register

Registration for Writing from the Reader’s Perspective typically opens 6-8 weeks prior to the first session. Exact program and registration dates are posted on the upcoming events page as soon as they are available. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty are given priority. There are limited seats available for fellows, postdocs, students, and staff. Faculty are notified of registration by an e-mail from the Office for Faculty Development. Seats typically fill up within 72 hours of the e-mail being sent.

About the Speaker

George D. Gopen, JD, PhD, has taught for more than 35 years at Duke, Harvard, the University of Utah, Loyola University of Chicago, the Harvard Law School, and Duke University Law School.  Dr. Gopen received both his law degree and a PhD in English from Harvard University, which he achieved simultaneously.  For almost 30 years he has acted as a consultant on written communication for scientific research companies, law firms, corporations, universities, and governmental agencies.  His publications include many articles on the rhetorical analysis of poetry, music, fiction, and non-fiction prose, as well as law review articles and essays on pedagogy.  His latest two books explore the "Reader Expectation" approach to the English language, which is the subject of the annual Gopen writing lectures.

What Past Participants are Saying:

“Outstanding speaker and seminar. A wealth of relevant knowledge was transformed about how to write. This was the first time I felt cultural knowledge had been transferred to me, since I came to this country.”

“This 4-part seminar has already been invaluable! The speaker is wonderful, informative, entertaining. Dr. Gopen makes this subject wonderfully enjoyable.”

“The approach presented in this seminar has already improved my writing.”

“Excellent series. Very informative and helpful. I believe Dr. Gopen has developed this group of classes to a fine art; hence, it could not be improved upon.”