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 part-time and full-time faculty are welcome to attend.


Thursday, November 13, 2014
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 15 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

Workshop leader: Stephen Brookfield is John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas.  He has published 15 books with 5 different publishers and is a 5-time winner of the Cyril Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education.  Stephen is co-author of Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2005). His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Korean, Japanese and Finnish.

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Dr. Stephen Brookfield
John Ireland Endowed Chair