Reader requirements: Will vary from project to project, depending on each project’s topic of choice.

In late January, once we have a full list of all the Bass Connections projects that will be participating in the Reader Project, we will add that information here.


  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

General Information

This is a relatively new collaboration with Duke’s Bass Connections, where we will offer to connect willing readers with an interdisciplinary Bass Connection research group, already meeting and working on specific projects across campus.

We won’t have a complete list of all the Bass Connection teams who have opted to participate with the Reader Project until mid-Sept. If you think you might like to work with a Bass Connections team, please make them one of your top 3 choices on opt-in survey. If you only want to work with a Bass Connections team and not one of our regular courses, please note Bass Connections as all 3 of your top choices.

To get a better idea about the Bass Connections program and the kinds of project’s the BC teams work on, please visit the Bass Connections website.

The number of teams that end up participating will determine how many reader volunteers I’ll need to cover all the teams. I’l also be considering each volunteer’s background and interests to help me make the matches best for each team. You may not be chosen as a match this year, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t;’t still be a good match for one of our other courses this fall or a good match for future courses and BC projects.


Schedule (Team – Reader Interactions):

Schedule to be determined.

We hope to know which projects are participating by mid-Sept and have teams matched with specific readers by late Sept./early Oct, so that teams can have their first conversation with their reader by early Oct. Ideas about a schedule from that point on can be worked out with each reader and their team separately, but ideally a second conversation would happen no later than mid-Dec.If students determine after the 2nd meeting with their reader that they would like to have a third meeting, they can schedule such a meeting with their reader, if their reader’s schedule allows.

Link to Bass Connections website:

[Bass Connections Web link]

Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More