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Neven Brady Leddy

Writing Coach

Degrees:B.A. Bishop’s University, M.Phil University of Dublin, D.Phil University of Oxford
Office:On Fridays: 310A Paterson Hall


Neven has been coaching undergraduates to write better essays since 2007.  By training he is an intellectual historian of eighteenth century Scotland, but has made a living teaching anything but the Scottish Enlightenment.  He has taught in the Humanities or the Social Sciences at Simon Fraser, Ottawa, Concordia, Bishop’s, Trent and Toronto .  At Carleton he teaches in the College of Humanities and in the History Department.  His research interests include the history of ideas, especially in the social sciences.

Neven’s mission at the College of Humanities is to coach an already strong group of undergraduates to improve their written expression.  Neven’s appointment as the CofH writing coach is the most athletic thing he has done since “winning” the uncoveted participation pin in the 1982 Canada fitness test.  Students are encouraged to greet Neven as “coach”, as he will find this endlessly entertaining.

Coach will read drafts of your essays or other projects and offer collegial criticism along with suggestions for improving your prose and argumentation.  Students are welcome to discuss projects at any point in the writing process, even after they have been graded.

For the 2022-23 season Coach will be working in a hybrid mode: In person office hours will be Fridays 9-3, supplemented on-line meetings booked through Calendy.  Towards the end of term, coaching hours will be extended, and you are encouraged to book an appointment early – especially for the last week of term.

Coach is ready to start consultations in person and online. Despite our return to in-person learning, Coach remains pyjama-positive.

In person sessions will take place on Fridays 9-3 in 310A Paterson Hall.  In person and remote sessions can be booked in the same place at this link.

After you have booked your consultation send your paper along to For in person sessions Coach will print out your paper in the office and work through it with you. For remote sessions Coach will return your paper to you by email. Students who would like a Zoom session with Coach can go ahead and book a consultation as usual and Coach will send you a link upon request.