Writing support at the Ford School
Year after year, alumni confirm that writing is one of the most essential skills that they developed at the Ford School. It makes sense: no matter how much you know about a given policy problem, it does neither your colleagues nor your clients much good if you cannot articulate that knowledge in writing that is logical, concise, and persuasive.
The Ford School's committment to writing instruction is best in class. Our Writing Center's four outstanding instructors work with students at every skill level, helping them through every stage of the writing process--from creating a preliminary outline to polishing a final draft. They offer one-on-one tutorials and policy-writing modules.
Beth Chimera is a writing instructor at the Ford School. In addition to offering individual tutorial hours to graduate and undergraduate students, she teaches the "Introduction to Policy Writing" first-year graduate course and the "Persuasive Policy Writing" undergraduate course. She has worked as a senior or contributing editor for a variety of national publications. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, where she has taught expository and creative writing, and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for her short fiction.
David Morse is a lecturer at the Ford School, where he teaches expository writing as well as undergraduate courses on lying and on utopianism. Before completing a master's degree in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, he edited for an educational nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, and taught English as a second language in Iwakuni, Japan. His fiction has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as magazines such as One Story, The Missouri Review, and Short Fiction. His play, Quartet, was performed in collaboration with the Taká cs Quartet and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MFA, University of Michigan
Alex L. Ralph
Alex L. Ralph is a lecturer in expository writing at the Ford School. For over a decade he taught in the Sweetland Center for Writing and the English Department at the University of Michigan. In 2009 he received the English Department's Ben Prize for excellence in the teaching of writing. Alex also served for 10 years as an instructor in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) summer institute. He received his BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan.
Molly C. Spencer
Molly Spencer is a lecturer in expository writing at the Ford School, and the author of two poetry collections, If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019) and Relic and the Plum (Southern Illinois University Press, 2020). A poet, editor, and literary critic, she has taught writing to students of all ages, and her poetry and criticism have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares and other literary journals. Prior to her writing career, Spencer worked in large-scale public sector project management and later in legislative relations. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop.