Manuscript Review Workshops

The Manuscript Review Workshop is designed to provide helpful and timely feedback to faculty preparing monographs prior to submission for publication in any format. A three-hour workshop forms the heart of the program: In consultation with the author, one external reviewer and 3-4 UCB faculty members are invited to read the work in advance. The workshop consists of a morning or afternoon of discussion at the Townsend Center followed by a group lunch or dinner. Readers provide constructive criticism to assist the author in developing strategies for the work's improvement.

The Townsend Center is able to support a limited number of workshops per year. Proposals are invited on a rolling basis.


Individual faculty members interested in the program should submit a letter of inquiry including:

  • brief description of the project
  • timeline of project
  • list of possible internal and external reviewers
  • proposed date of workshop

The complete application will include:

  • brief cover letter followed by project description of no more than 1,000 words (This document should include an account of what the applicant specifically hopes to gain through the workshop and why the applicant has selected the specific persons identified as reviewers.)
  • completed application form
  • itemized budget with sources of additional funding (if any)
  • curriculum vitae

The program is open to UCB faculty in the humanities in any area or period, and whose work is still in a position to benefit substantially from review. Postdoctoral fellows, lecturers, emeriti, and visiting scholars are not eligible for the program.

Grant Provision

The Townsend Center covers costs of the workshop up to $2000, including the cost of copying and distribution of the work; travel, accommodations, and honorarium for the external reviewer; and lunch or dinner following the seminar. Faculty members and their departments are responsible for making travel and other logistical arrangements, disbursing honoraria, and distributing the manuscript to reviewers.

Manuscript Review Workshops