First Book Workshop

Hall Center for the Humanities

First Book Workshop

Spring 2018

Deadline to Apply: November 21, 2017

Workshop Description:

This workshop is intended to introduce participants to the process of publishing a first scholarly book. Throughout the course of the workshop, the leaders will guide participants through topics such as the differences between a dissertation and book manuscript, how to approach a press editor, how to submit a prospectus to a publisher, and what happens after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. The workshop will also include the opportunity to meet a representative from an academic press. The final product of the workshop will be an effective book prospectus that could be submitted to a publisher. Participants will receive consistent feedback on their prospectus and publishing plans from the workshop leaders and each other. The workshop will meet five to six times throughout the spring semester.


Eligible participants will be faculty in the humanities, arts, or humanistic social sciences working on a first book publication that is a non-fiction scholarly monograph. Participants should have a flexible enough schedule during the spring semester that regular meetings on weekdays are possible (exact days and times to be determined by the schedules of all workshop members).

Workshop Leaders:

            Brian Donovan                                    Laura Mielke

            Associate Professor                            Associate Professor

            Sociology                                            English

Application Instructions:

Participation in the workshop is determined by a competitive application process. Please prepare an application packet that includes the following information and email it to Sarah Bishop at as a Word or PDF attachment:

  • CV that contains contact information, departmental affiliation, and time at KU
  • Two-paragraph abstract of book project that includes title of book

Send this complete information in an email attachment to ( by Tuesday, November 21st.

The number of workshop participants is limited. You will be notified in December if your application has been accepted. If you confirm acceptance, you are agreeing to attend all sessions, read assigned materials, and draft a book prospectus for distribution to the group.

If you have any questions, please contact Hall Center Interim Associate Director Sarah Bishop at or 864-7823.

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