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Scholarly Publishing at Georgetown: Writing


"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."
—Ernest Hemingway

Finding time to write can be a challenging task for any faculty member, regardless of academic rank. Georgetown provides several resources to help faculty on the journey from rough notes to published work. This section covers:

    • The Office of Scholarly Publications
    • Recommended Books on Writing

The Office of Scholarly Publications

Georgetown’s Office of Scholarly Publications (aka “Booklab”) offers a wealth of advice and resources for faculty authors in all stages of the writing process. Carole Sargent, Director of the Office of Scholarly Publications, has a PhD from the University of Virginia in eighteenth-century English literary history. She joined Georgetown’s English Department in 1997 and has published two books with Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Booklab’s faculty book and article groups provide faculty scholars with an opportunity to meet with other colleagues in a small group setting, facilitated by Dr. Sargent. Weekly group meetings ensure you the opportunity to stay on schedule, receive advice and feedback from other colleagues, and make significant progress towards a completed manuscript. If you are a member of Georgetown University's faculty and would like to apply, please send a blank e-mail to Booklab, subject line GROUPS, for more information and an application.

Booklab also offers personal consultations, especially for faculty authors beginning the manuscript process. A “pre-book” consultation can help you understand what an editor or literary agent is looking for in a manuscript, saving you substantial time and effort later in the writing process.

Recommended Books on Writing

The following books are recommended by Dr. Sargent and also held in the Library’s collections (although they may be checked out!).

Research / Writing / Submitting Your Manuscript
Copyright /  Publication Process /  Promoting Your Work