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 2016, the Book Proposal Workshop will be coordinated by Mary Jean Corbett, Distinguished Professor of English. The workshop will meet from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14.  Thursday's session will be followed by a reception and a presentation on humanities grant applications. (Interested faculty are asked to reserve the same times on Wednesday January 13 and Friday, January 15 to be used in the event of bad weather).  

Select participants will have an individual consulation Peter J. Potter, Editor-in-Chief of Cornell University Press on February 25 or 26, 2016.  In addition, Mr. Potter will give a presentation at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 25: "Scholarly Book Publishing Today: How Things Have Changed (and Stayed the Same).”  

In 2014, seventeen faculty members in three divisions took the workshop with Drew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, and a dozen received individual consultations with Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press.  Participants rated the experience very highly. 

Call for Applications to the January 2016 Workshop

The workshop will meet January 12 and January 14 from 1-4 p.m.  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 individual consultations with Peter Potter, Editor of Cornell University Press on either Thursday, February 25, or Friday, February 26.  Participants will be strongly encouraged to attend Mr. Potter's presentation, "Scholarly Book Publishing Today: How Things Have Changed (and Stayed the Same).”   

Faculty who complete the workshop and are nterested in meeting Mr. Potter should write a brief request to with “Editor Consultation” in the subject heading.  Please note that Mr. Potter is visiting as a consultant only and not as an editor soliciting material for publication.  

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