The following resources are available to help assist students with their communications goals.

A writing consultant is available to the HKS community to offer a variety of services from assisting students with policy memos, case analyses and other class assignments to helping seasoned writers polish drafts for publication. For more details or to make an appointment, see the Details & Appointments section.

A collection of writing, public speaking and digital communications resources curated from HKS communications program faculty, HKS workshop presenters, universities, and communications practitioners can be found below.

Writing Consultant

During the academic year, a writing consultant will offer a variety of services to the HKS community.  

These free private one-on-one sessions can help you:

  • with assignments such as policy memos, case analyses, and other class projects
  • self-edit for clarity, concision, and style
  • structure an argument to present your ideas effectively to different audiences
  • find appropriate resources on citation (MLA, Chicago, etc.)

Regarding appointments, keep in mind:

  • Last-minute appointments are often not possible, although the consultant will try to be flexible. Try to make an appointment well before an assignment is due.
  • The writing consultant is not a copy editor nor proofreader. He will work with you to improve style, structure, argumentation, citations, use of data and grammar.
  • The consultant is willing to help international students with English grammar on a limited basis, but they are not ESL instructors.

For appointments, sign-up on Google doc.

Writing Consultant:

Jerry Lanson

Jerry Lanson is a former HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy where he taught "Feature Writing for Politics and Policy." Jerry was an associate professor of journalism at Emerson College and was a former acting and deputy city editor a the San Jose Mercury News.

Jerry will be available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. An alternative time can also be set up by appointment. 

Schedule an appointment with Jerry

He can also be reached at, or by calling 781-799-7465.   


Public Speaking Consultant

A public speaking consultant is available to the HKS community to offer individual support and assistance for upcoming presentations and speeches. 

Jill Slye (founder & principal of A Sounding Board, and an instructor in many Harvard Communities), is available to meet with HKS students.  Meetings (online and in-person) are designed to be a safe space for students to practice, learn new techniques, and hone their public speaking skills.

For appointments, sign-up on Google doc.

Peer Writing Tutors

​The HKS Library's Peer Writing Tutors provide individualized support for HKS students working on writing projects. Tutors are trained by an HKS faculty member to help bring out the best writing in their peers through one-on-one workshopping.

Tutors are not copy editors or proofreaders, meaning they will not provide line-by-line editing on otherwise completed projects. Instead, Tutors will:

  • Help you self-edit for clarity, concision, and style
  • Structure an argument to present your ideas effectively

Appointments are 25 minutes long. Students should bring the text they are working on to their appointment (on a laptop is fine), and there is no need to share it with your tutor in advance.

Spring 2024 Schedule:
Mondays: 1:00pm-2:00pm & 3:00pm-4:00pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursdays: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Fridays: 9:00am-10:00am

For appointments, sign up on the Peer Writing Tutor Bookings page.

Writing Resources

HKS Policycast with Lauren Brodsky and Todd Rogers

Making Data Meaningful | UN Economic Commission for Europe

Harvard Kennedy School has published very clear guidelines regarding the need to cite words and ideas you have borrowed from other sources.  Please review the HKS Academic Code for information regarding citations.

The Harvard Kennedy School Library's Citation Style Guide & Tools links to resources including the American Psychological Association (APA) format, and information for citing web resources.

Public Speaking Resources

Join Harvard's Crimson Toastmasters and gain public speaking experience and feedback.

Members meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

To find out more, visit their website - 
Crimson Toastmasters Club (


Digital Communications & Social Media Resources

ESL Resources

The Communications Program is not designed to replace English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, but if in-depth assistance is desired, there are a few services available locally:

These websites also contain useful ESL resources: