2018 Graduate Research Writing and Publishing Workshop in Prato

Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July 2018
Applications close 9 March 2018

Be mentored in this intensive, residential program to enhance your skills in preparing, writing and getting an article published in a major academic journal or a chapter published in a book released by a recognised quality commercial or university press publisher.

Learn more about the workshop from previous participants and organisers.

Prato is a beautiful and historic Italian city, surrounded by medieval walls and set in a picturesque Tuscan landscape. Prato is also within easy reach of other cities such as Florence, Venice and Rome, which makes it a perfect base for exploring Italy and beyond.

The Faculty of Arts will provide travel and accommodation bursaries of AUD$2000.00 to each successful applicant. The funding will be transferred to the successful applicants directly in the form of reimbursement.

1. Program overview

The workshop’s aim is to mentor graduate research candidates in the Faculty to enhance their skills in preparing, writing, and getting an article published in a major academic journal or a chapter published in a book released by a recognised quality commercial or university press publisher. The workshop is comprised of a three-day residency at the Monash University Prato Centre. Individual sessions address the various stages of the article/book chapter writing process from planning, to drafting, to writing abstracts and responding to referees’ reports and comments. The event is jointly coordinated with UK and European partner institutions.

In addition to classroom work, candidates are also provided with dedicated periods for writing, working individually with academic mentors, exchanging drafts, and providing their peers with constructive feedback.

The activity will include breakout sessions, giving students the opportunity to focus on two different streams:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Successful completion of this activity will contribute 20 hours towards the Monash Doctoral Program. In order to receive this 20 hours, candidates must:

  1. Attend all the workshop’s sessions (including writing periods and feedback sessions).
  2. Bring with them a draft of a prospective article or chapter (approx. 3,000 words) to be developed over the workshop’s duration.
  3. Make demonstrable progress on the draft article or chapter by the end of the workshop.
  4. Apply Now – submit your expression of interest by 9 March 2018

This year the Workshop will be held on Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July 2018.

Monash-based program facilitators: Professor Alistair Thomson and Dr Asher Flynn

2. Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will allow graduate research candidates to:

  • Develop a piece of research that is the equivalent of a first draft of an article or chapter that can be submitted for publication.
  • Identify quality and/or appropriate journals or publishers for their publication outputs.
  • Develop skills on how to provide, receive and respond to constructive criticism from peers.
  • Enhance candidates’ communications skills and build confidence in their abilities to present their findings to their peers.
  • Foster international and multidisciplinary research collaborations.

3. Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled, either as a doctoral or research masters’ candidate in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University in any of its Australian campuses.
  • Have successfully completed the confirmation of candidature milestone, but not yet presented for the Final Review milestone (for doctoral candidates) or the Progress Review (for masters’ candidates).
  • Have study away entitlement remaining (successful applicants will need to formally apply for study away with MGE prior to making travel arrangements).
  • Outline a developed and achievable writing proposal for a journal article or quality book chapter with a recognised quality commercial or university press publisher, that must be submitted after the Workshop.
  • Have the support of their Main Supervisor.

4. Apply Now

Apply Now – submit your expression of interest by 9 March 2018