Preparing Book Proposals for Scholarly Publishers

Publishing a book represents, for many faculty, the ultimate scholarly challenge. In fact the prestige surrounding book publishing may be so intimidating that it prevents faculty from even drafting a proposal, let alone approaching prospective publishers. All adjunct and full-time faculty are welcome!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


St. Paul Campus


Register for the workshop.

In this workshop Dr. Stephen Brookfield will draw on his experience as an author and editor of 17 books to outline the main elements of a book proposal. Stephen will talk about the process of approaching publishers and writing a preliminary proposal.  He will bring examples of some of his successful book proposals to distribute to participants and outline the chief steps in preparing a proposal.  Faculty are encouraged to bring ideas or specific questions to discuss with Stephen.

Attendees will leave the workshop with:

  • practical advice to getting started on a proposal
  • concrete examples of proposals
  • understanding the process of beginning the publisher-author relationship
  • how to identify/approach a scholarly publisher

Stephen Brookfield is John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas. Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings. He has written, co-written or edited seventeen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012). Stephen is co-author of Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2005) and the forthcoming The Discussion Book: 50 great Ways to get People Talking (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2016. His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Korean, Japanese and Finnish.

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Dr. Stephen Brookfield
John Ireland Endowed Chair