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 will receive significant feedback on her or his proposal (and the book it describes) from peers and the workshop coordinator.  

In 2014, the workshop will be coordinated by Professor Drew Cayton (History) and will meet from 9 am-12 pm on Tuesday, January 21 and 9 am-1 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2014.  A box lunch will be provided Thursday. 

Participants receive $250 to support their research.   Those who complete the workshop will receive priority scheduling for an individual meeting with Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press this spring. 

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 January 6, 2014 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. Monday, January 13, 2014.  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 are also invited to schedule an individual consultation with  Robert Lockhart, Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press.  Mr. Lockhart will be on the Oxford campus  in February or March to conduct a seminar on humanities books and book proposals.   Faculty interested in meeting with him one-on-one should write a brief request to with “Editor Consultation” in the subject heading.  Please note that Mr. Lockhart is visiting as a consultant only.  Participants should understand that he is not considering proposals for publication by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  


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