Book Proposal Workshop

The Book Proposal Workshop gathers an interdisciplinary group of scholars to collaborate on new book projects.  Topics covered include the creation and submission of appealing proposals, contacting and working with editors, and repurposing the book proposal for grant applications. Each member of the workshop receives feedback on her or his proposal (and the book it describes) from peers and the workshop coordinator.  Participants receive $250 to support their research. 

In 2014, the workshop was coordinated by Drew Cayton, University Distinguished Professor in History.  Select participants later received an individual consultation with Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press.  

In 2016, the Book Proposal Workshop will be coordinated by Mary Jean Corbett, University Distinguished Professor in English. Select participants will have an individual consulation Peter J. Potter, Editor-in-Chief of Cornell University Press.  

Call for Applications to the January 2016 Workshop

The workshop will meet for two days during the week of January 11-15, 2016.  The workshop is open to all full-time faculty in the humanities, broadly construed.  Application is simple: please  submit a c.v. and a brief (one-paragraph) statement describing your book project and your interest in the program.  In your statement, please indicate your position and years of service at Miami and the current status of your project.  In selecting participants, the Humanities Center Steering Committee will consider scholarly record, progress on the project, and career stage.  Applications are due December 4, 2015 to  Please write “Book Proposal Workshop” in the subject heading of your message.

Selected participants agree to submit to the Humanities Center a draft book proposal of at least 4 single-spaced pages by 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  All proposals will be circulated shortly thereafter to members of the workshop for review and critique.  Participants are expected to provide detailed written and oral feedback on all other proposals. 

Participants will later be invited to request an individual consultations with a university press editor, who will visit in February or March to conduct a seminar on humanities books and book proposals.  Once an editor has been selected, faculty interested in meeting with her or him should write a brief request to with “Editor Consultation” in the subject heading.  Please note that the editor is visiting as a consultant only.  Participants should understand that he or she is not considering proposals for publication at this time. 


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