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Book Proposal Workshops

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Call for Applications

The Humanities Center invites all faculty working on books to apply for the 2022 Book Proposal Workshop. The workshop will coordinated by Andrew Casper, Associate Professor of Art History, and will culminate in a campus visit by Douglas Armato, Director of the University of Minnesota Press.

Application is simple. Please submit a c.v. and a brief (one-paragraph) statement describing your book project and your interest in the program.  Please also 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.  All full-time faculty, including Visiting Assistant Professors, are invited to apply, though priority may be given to tenure-track faculty.

Please consult the Faculty Opportunities page for application deadlines and submit your application as a single PDF titled "[your surname] Book Proposal Application.pdf" to Please write “Book Proposal Workshop” in the subject heading of your message.

Workshop Details

Participants will send the Humanities Center a draft book proposal of at least 4 single-spaced pages by no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2021.  All proposals will be circulated to members of the workshop for review and critique.  Each participant will write a reader's report on two proposals. Participants will read all proposals and readers' reports and provide constructive feedback on each project.  Workshop sessions are designed to give each participant individual feedback on the project and book proposal. Sessions may also cover the transition from dissertation to book, the creation and submission of a persuasive book proposal, contacting and working with editors, and repurposing the book proposal for grant applications. The workshop will meet Tuesday, January 12, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesday, January 13, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Wednesday's session will conclude with a reception and session on humanities grant applications.  Applicants should keep open the afternoon of Thursday, January 14 as a make-up day in the event of snow.

After the workshop, participants will have one week to revise their proposals for submission to Douglas Armato of the University Minnnesota Press. Those who complete the workshop will have a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Armato on February 3 or February 4.

Mr. Armato will be on campus only as a consultant, not as a representative of the press, and participants should not expect him to solicit or review material for publication. Mr Armato will also give a talk on scholarly publishing on Thursday, February 3 at 5 p.m.  Workshop participants are expected to attend.

Faculty who complete the program will receive $250 in professional expenses.

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