In 2017, the Faculty Publishing Program was entitled “From Dissertation to Book.”  Topics covered included the transition from dissertation to book, the creation and submission of a first book proposal, contacting and working with editors, and repurposing the book proposal for grant applications. All members of the workshop received detailed feedback on their proposals (and, to some extent, on the books they described) from peers and the workshop coordinator.  Participants also received $250 each to support their research.

In 2017, the Book Proposal Workshop was coordinated by Steve Conn, W. E. Smith Professor of History. It met January 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and January 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Participants who completed the workshop received a one-on-one consulation with Nancy Toff, Executive Editor at Oxford University Press, on February 9 or 10.  

Call for Applications to the January 2018 Workshop

The Book Proposal 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 1, 2017 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. Sunday, January 7, 2018. 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. 

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