The Professional Scholarly Writer

This half-day workshop is designed to help any academic working in a discipline where “the book” – and its commitment to the narratability of scholarly research – remains the primary unit of scholarly dissemination.

The workshop focuses on voice, architecture, lexicon, and the differences between subject, method, thesis, and intent. In other words, what a scholarly writer needs to know in order to move from research to publishable work. Each participant prepares a book proposal or project description of no more than ten double-spaced pages — the sort of document one might plan on sending to an editor at a university press — along with a curriculum vitae. 

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The workshop is open to UC Berkeley faculty and postdoctoral scholars. UC Berkeley Ph.D. students may audit the workshop on a space-available basis. Graduate students auditing the workshop may not submit materials for review.


Faculty and postdoctoral scholars should submit a letter of interest to Rebecca Egger, Associate Director of the Townsend Center, at Registration for the workshop is limited to 20 persons.

Up to 10 auditors may be admitted. Please email to request to audit the workshop.

William Germano is professor of English literature and dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at Cooper Union. Formerly vice-president at Routledge and, earlier, editor-in-chief at Columbia UP, he lectures and writes about academic writing. His most recent books are Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books, now in a third edition (2016), and From Dissertation to Book (second ed., 2012), both from the University of Chicago Press. He has lectured and led workshops on scholarly writing at more than fifty colleges and universities across North America and around the world.

Sponsored by the Art of Writing.