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Faculty Writing Workshop

A Community for Support

Faculty are invited to apply to participate in a Winter Writing Workshop coordinated in 2024 by Professor Erik Jensen (History).

The program aims to help faculty improve a current academic writing project—such as an article, a chapter, a book prospectus, or a review essay—and to gain insight into the writing process, learn about the work of colleagues, and form long-term writing partnerships. Small group work will alternate with large group sessions and time for individual work. Over the course of two days, participants will receive at least one detailed peer review of a significant work-in-progress, and they will have focused time to write, revise, brainstorm, process feedback, and problem-solve. Small groups within the workshop will equalize the amount of reading and written feedback required of each participant, with the goal of making everyone’s active engagement manageable and productive.

Participants are expected to share a draft of 2,000-10,000 words; write and share a detailed reader’s report for at least one other colleague; read the work of group participants; and participate energetically in workshop activities. Drafts are due January 18; peer reviews are due January 22. The workshop will run from 9 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on January 23 and January 24, 2024, with an open hour for lunch. Participants are expected to keep January 25 free in case a snow day is needed.  Breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, water, and snacks will be provided.  Participants who complete the program will receive $300 in research funding.

Application is simple. Please submit a brief (one-paragraph) statement describing your interest and potential contribution; its relation to your overall research or artistic production; and your position and years of service at Miami.  In selecting participants, the Humanities Center Steering Committee will consider scholarly record, progress on the project, and career stage. Please submit your application as a single PDF titled "[your surname] Faculty Writing Workshop Application.pdf" to Please write “Faculty Writing Workshop” in the subject heading of your message.

This program is open to all full-time faculty members in the humanities, broadly construed. Visiting faculty are eligible to apply; in the event of limited space, priority will be given to continuing faculty. Participants must agree to meet all of the deadlines given above and comment constructively on the work of other participants, as assigned.

Applications are due November 3, 2023.

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