Manuscript Development

Hershey Humanities Manuscript Development Workshops

The Wolf Humanities Center offers funding for book manuscript workshops to support humanities faculty in Penn's School of Arts & Sciences as they prepare to publish an in-process book. Wolf will provide up to $3,000, plus administrative support, for a Manuscript Workshop for the Penn scholar/author, an invited senior scholar, and Penn colleagues, including members of the scholar's home department and program who are familiar with the manuscript. Guest scholars are asked to also participate in a one-on-one follow-up meeting with the Penn faculty member to discuss the manuscript. 

Workshops are held in the Humanities Conference Room (Williams 623) and on Zoom on Fridays from 10:00am–12:00pm with lunch following. The Wolf Humanities Center’s staff will work closely with the Penn scholar leading up to the workshop, including inviting their proposed guest scholar and colleagues, circulating the manuscript, processing the guest scholar’s honorarium and travel, and staffing the workshop. Funds may be used to cover a guest scholar’s $1000 honorarium and travel, workshop catering, a small dinner with the guest scholar, and related minor expenses.

Departments are welcome to supplement the Wolf Center's funds to bring in additional scholars for the workshop, if desired. Priority will be given to Penn scholars in departments that do not already offer this opportunity. 

Apply for a Manuscript Workshop

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. We are currently booking workshops for the 2024–2025 academic year. SAS faculty who are interested are encouraged to contact the Wolf Center and/or submit their applications as soon as possible.

To apply, please submit the following information, saving your document as a single PDF and naming it your Last name_First name.pdf (Franklin_Ben.pdf): 

  • Your name, title, and department
  • Description of your manuscript and desired support (approx. 1000 words)
  • Name, title, and affiliation of the senior faculty member you wish to invite; why their input would be valuable
  • Up-to-date c.v.

Please drop us a note or call 215.746.5940.

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