Support for Academic Writers

Program: Rewriting is the Essence of Writing

Wednesday, September 23, noon-1:00 pm

Jones Room of Woodruff Library

In the words of William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, “Rewriting is the essence of writing well—where the game is won or lost." This workshop will cover proven practices and techniques for revising and editing your own work: what to look for, how to read and “listen” to your work, habits and patterns common to scholarly writing. This session will be led by Allison Adams, associate director of the CFDE and an editor for 25 years, along with Hank Klibanoff, the James M. Cox Professor of Journalism, co-author of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in history. 

Resources on the New CFDE Website

Please visit the recently redeveloped CFDE website and explore the growing number of articles, videos, links, and other resources on our searchable Knowledge Hub. Categories for research and scholarship include digital publishing,” “grants,” “journal articles,” “revising and editing,” “scholarly publishing,” “science writing,” and more.

Research and Scholarship Knowledge Hub

The Scholarly Writing and Publishing Fund: Call For Proposals for Scholarly Writing Track

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence announces a call for proposals to the Scholarly Writing and Publishing Fund. This call for proposals is to support scholarly writing projects in development.

A limited number of grants from this fund for up to $2500 are available. These one-time-only grants are intended to support Emory faculty members facing the often-difficult challenges of scholarly writing at any stage of their careers and to provide funds for hiring editorial support or a writing coach.

Available on the CFDE Website


Eligible applicants include all full-time Emory faculty working on scholarly writing projects, including grant proposals, academic journal articles, or book manuscripts. This includes tenure-track and tenured faculty, as well as non-tenure-track faculty with long-term appointments.

  • Excluded from eligibility are adjunct or visiting faculty members, as well as faculty members whose contracts will not be renewed for the following year and faculty members who plan to resign their appointments at the end of the current year.
  • No faculty member may receive support from this fund more than once in a three-year period. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply without prejudice.
  • The work must be a scholarly work written solely by the faculty member or a scholarly multi-author work of which the faculty member is the primary author. The work may be in any discipline or multi- or interdisciplinary.

Uses of Grant

Faculty may apply for a grant to work on a scholarly writing project, including grant proposals, academic journal articles, or book manuscripts. Funds may be applied toward the following expenditures:

  • Hiring a writing coach to help you focus on time management or writing productivity.
  • Hiring an editor for light to moderate editing or developmental editing for a writing project.
  • Hiring an editor to help improve grant writing abilities and/or writing skills.
  • Hiring an editor or writing coach to work with a group of co-authors on writing as a team.
  • Hiring an editor to copy-edit a piece of work.
  • Hiring an editor to edit the work of faculty whose first language is not English.

These grants are intended to help with writing and writing-related issues, rather than the technicalities of manuscript preparation (such as indexing, transcriptions, subvention, etc.). They may not be used for summer salary or for hiring a research assistant.


Recipients must submit a twelve-month status report detailing their expenditures and progress on their writing project(s).


Applications are accepted on an open basis until the fund is exhausted, no later than August 1. Applicants will be notified of decisions within fifteen business days of submission.

A complete application, submitted via email, consists of the following:

  1. The completed application cover form.
  2. A letter describing the writing project, outlining your goals for the project for the next twelve months, and addressing the criteria described below (letter not to exceed two single-spaced, typed pages).
  3. Your curriculum vita.
  4. A letter or email of support from your department or program chair. This letter should both support your application and approve your proposed use of the grant money as appropriate to scholarly work in your discipline
  5. An estimate signed by the writing coach or editor with whom you wish to work detailing the scope and fees for project. View a list of vetted, recommended freelance editors and contact information.


A competitive proposal must

  • Propose a well-thought-out, feasible, and reasonable plan that explains how the grant will be used in as much detail as possible.
  • Make a persuasive case for why the grant will help the applicant complete or make significant progress on a writing project.
  • Explain why this grant is important to you, the applicant, at this point in your career and how it will further your professional development at Emory.
  • Articulate the contribution this project will make to the research mission of the university.
  • Include a compelling support statement from your chair that speaks both to the appropriateness of the proposal within your scholarly field and to the possible impact the grant will have on your scholarly productivity.

Please submit all application materials via email to Allison Adams,

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