Book manuscript workshops help faculty strengthen their completed manuscripts prior to final submission for publication. Up to 3 external scholars in the field and 2 internal readers are invited to provide constructive feedback during intensive discussion. Conversations with readers help the author more effectively articulate central questions of the manuscript, the arguments presented, and the value of the study to both specialized and general audiences.

A book manuscript workshop at the pre-press stage requires support from the relevant unit or school, so prospective applicants should consult with school directors and the Center director before submitting materials. Funding can be used for travel expenses, honoraria, and facilities and meal expenses. Requests for support will be evaluated by an advisory board selection committee each term, and recipients of support will receive recorded commentary and notes from the workshop discussion.


Tenure-track or tenured faculty who have secured a publication contract and completed a full manuscript draft. Assistant professors and former Center research fellows are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Collect the below materials into a pdf. Title the file “NAME-MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP” and email to [email protected]. Include:

  • a summary of the project—written in language understandable to nonspecialists—that describes the research questions, the approach and argument, and the book’s intervention within the field. Include mention of the scholarly and professional benefits a workshop would provide. Please note all sources and amounts of research funding received for the project. (1-2 pages)
  • a list of potential external and internal readers and an ideal workshop date
  • a signed copy of the contract with the publisher
  • a statement from the school director confirming funding and administrative support

Applicants will receive an email indicating acceptance of materials, and notification of status will be sent within 3 weeks. Grant recipients will work with Center staff and ASBC to process expense transactions in line with University policy. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Constructive discussions that significantly advance manuscripts from draft to publication.