Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Writing through Imposter Stress - All Disciplines Welcome!


Graduate & Professional Students, Postdoctoral Fellows

Event Time 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location of Event: 

Online via Zoom

Event Description 

Do you ever doubt your accomplishments or whether you’re “”in the right place”“? Imposter stress is real and can be totalizing. It can also directly impact, and possibly even disrupt, your path to finishing your research project and other life goals. This workshop defines and tracks the evolution of the concept of imposter stress and offers unique mindful & practical pre-writing and writing strategies for working through it. While the workshop will acknowledge the real prevalence of this phenomenon of “intellectual self-doubt,” we will also pose the question of whether the term “imposter stress” continues to be useful for framing experiences of feeling like a fraud and/or a lack of belonging, given the widespread use of terms like “imposter syndrome” and “imposter phenomenon” in the mass media and academic conversations.

Intended Audience: While designed for dissertating graduate students, this event will also be helpful to professional school students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty and is geared toward all disciplines.