The Duke Reader Project

The Reader Project offers Duke students the opportunity to get feedback on a class writing project from someone outside the classroom setting who has professional experience relevant to their project. This feedback can help students learn to anticipate the needs and expectations of readers, and to revise their writing to make it more effective for the intended audience. Students in participating undergraduate courses will have the opportunity to be paired with a Duke alumnus or employee who has a professional interest in their writing project. By participating in the Reader Project, members of the broader Duke community can play a direct role in helping our students develop the communication and reasoning skills that are so important for their success in both professional and civic life.

Duke alumni and employees: Get more information on the Readers page. Or sign up to join our volunteer mailing list.

Undergraduates: You will receive information on how to participate if you are in a course that is enrolled in the Reader Project. The Students page has more details.

Graduate students: Like the undergraduates, you may participate if you are in a course that is enrolled in the Reader Project. We have also piloted the Reader Project with a small group of graduate students in Arts and Sciences working on projects outside of courses. Sign-ups for the pilot project are closed. Please email us if you’d be interested in participating in the future.

Duke instructors: We invite you to consider including your class in the Reader Project. Contact Cary Moskovitz at for more information. More information is on the Faculty page.

The Reader Project is a teaching initiative developed through Duke’s Thompson Writing Program in collaboration with the Duke Alumni Association.