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Writing for the public

Bringing Scholarship to a Wide Audience

Writing for the Public workshops are designed for faculty members who seek to share their knowledge with non-scholarly audiences. The workshops  include practical exercises, information on pitching and crafting articles and book manuscripts, and collaborative discussion of participant writing. Participants will leave the workshop with a project proposal or short article ready to pitch or submit for publication.

This program is not offered in 2021-2022.

In 2020, Writing for the Public was led by Christopher Schaberg, Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University of New Orleans.  Schaberg is founding co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of an essay and book series called Object Lessons, “a home for lucid, imaginative, concise writing about specific things—from conches to neckties, cinnamon ferns to sewing needles.”  Schaberg and Bogost won National Endowment for the Humanities support for a series of NEH Institutes on public writing around the United States.  Schaberg is the author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015), Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017) and The Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth (2018).  He is editor (with Robert Bennett) of Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014) and Airplane Reading (2016, with Mark Yakich).

Professor Schaberg gave a public talk, Object Lessons: From Private Idea to Public Humanities at 5 p.m., Thursday, January 23.

Writing for the public is open to all full-time faculty members in the humanities, broadly construed. Visiting faculty are eligible to apply. Participants must commit to writing and circulating a suitable article or proposal with the workshop group. Participants are also expected meet with a small peer group during the week prior to the workshop; to provide constructive feedback on the work of all other participants (including one or more written commentaries); to attend all workshop sessions; and to attend the visitor specialist's public talk.

To apply, please submit a c.v. and a statement of no more than one page describing your proposed 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 scholarly record, potential public of the proposed topic or project, progress on the project, and career stage.  Please submit your application as a PDF titled "[YourLastName] Workshop Application" to humanitiesgrants@miamioh.edu.  Please write “Scholarly Publishing Program” in the subject heading of your message.

A dozen Miami humanities faculty discussing work around a seminar table.Letters in an old newspaper press.