Supporting the Scholarly Engagement of UNCF Faculty Members:

A UNCF/Mellon Programs Academic Publishing and Writing Seminar

July 14-19, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee


Beverly Guy Sheftall and Paula Giddings, in conversation

Sunday, July 14, 2019


  • “Choose a writing lifestyle over a publishing lifestyle.”

  • “Spend more time thinking about what you want to say than searching for a publisher.”

  • “Don’t try to avoid trouble - know that your research is meant to shake things up!”

Academic Publisher’s Workshop - The Academic Publishing Process

Feat. Courtney Berger (Duke University Press), Dawn Durante (University of Illinois Press), Mick Gusinde-Duffy (University of Georgia)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Courtney’s Key Points

  • Transforming a dissertation into a book is a paradox of narrowing the focus to broaden the impact

  • Understand your book’s intervention, audience, and form

  • The book is a part of an ongoing conversation, not a conversation ender

    Dawn’s Key Points

  • Think of the proposal as a living document, and your main communication tool

  • Be transparent about your timeline

  • Carefully prepare a cover letter, prospectus, annotated table of contents, and sample chapters

    Mick’s Key Points

  • The manuscript review process is simple in structure, but can be lengthy

  • Be observant of the escape clauses in an advance contract

  • Be clear regarding multiple submissions to presses; they are not necessarily time savers

Additional Writing Resources

  • Pomodoro Method - write for 25 minutes at a time, using a timer; take a 10 minute break after two sessions

  • Scrivener - an organizational software geared towards writing

  • Mind Mapping - a technique for expanding ideas spatially