Pictured, Toril Moi, director of PAL, addresses the faculty and graduate students in attendance at the Smith Warehouse.
Writing is the very essence of what scholars in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences do, Moi said, but the university offers few writing resources specifically for graduate students.
"These workshops are fundamental to PAL's mission," Moi said. "If we learn anything from studying philosophy and literature, it is surely that words matter. Our words express our experience, including our intellectual experience."
In a morning session faculty members from Duke and other institutions spoke about the process of writing. In the afternoon, 17 students participated in small group sessions that offered individual advice tailored to different disciplines.