Workshops & Consultations


Throughout the year, the CFDE hosts and presents multiple workshops, presentations, and opportunities for individual consultations with key professionals in scholarly publishing, funding organizations, and other areas of expertise in research and scholarship.

These offerings are a powerful way to help get your work into publication and receive advice and feedback on your grant applications and book proposals. Watch this area of the website for dates and details for such events throughout the year. 

March 16: From Writing Blocks to Building Blocks

An Online Workshop

Wednesday November 16
Noon to 1:30

This workshop will focus on the common blocks that writers encounter: behaviors, beliefs, and feelings that frustrate your efforts at scholarly productivity.

Participants will go through an exercise designed to help assess and understand individual experiences of writer’s block. Then we will begin to identify and apply ways to chip away at a block and move beyond it.

Presented by Allison Adams, associate director, scholarly writing and research, CFDE.

REGISTER HERE

This session will not be recorded for later viewing.

Apr 18-19: Meet the Editor and Agent Via Zoom

Monday-Tuesday April 18-19, 2022

Registration deadline is April 8, but appointments are first-come, first-served.

Emory faculty are invited to apply for individual consultations as part of this annual event that typically brings publishing experts to campus. While the in-person campus visit and panel discussion have been canceled due to campus gathering and visitor restrictions, our "guest" editor and agent have agreed to conduct two days of individual faculty project consultations via Zoom videoconference.

Faculty authors will have opportunities to meet one-on-one via Zoom videoconference with Peter Tallack of The Science Factory and Christopher Lura of Lura Editorial. This is a tremendous opportunity to make an impression and connection, as well as gain some valuable insight and feedback on work in progress, which will help faculty get their work into publication.

To register for an individual consultation, please submit a short summary or abstract of your book project to Allison Adams (aadam02@emory.edu) no later than Friday, April 8. Our consulting editor and agent will review the summaries before the scheduled consultations. This brief description of your book should

  • be two pages maximum
  • include abbreviated biographical information
  • include your contact information.

A limited number of these slots are available, and they tend to fill up quickly, so make your appointment request early (first come, first served). Please note that Mr. Tallack and Mr. Lura are both based in Europe, so the available time slots will be between 8 a.m. EST (or earlier if the participant wishes) and 1 p.m. EST.

Peter Tallack is the founder and director of The Science Factory Literary Agency. Peter studied genetics at University College London before spending a decade on the editorial staff of Nature, where, among other things, he edited the commentary and book review sections. In 1998 he was appointed publishing director of Weidenfeld and Nicolson at Orion Publishing, commissioning many acclaimed popular science titles. Three years later he joined the London-based literary agency Conville and Walsh as an agent and a director. He founded the Science Factory in 2008 in the United Kingdom, relocating it a few years later to Hamburg, Germany. A published author himself (In the Womb, National Geographic, 2006), he has also written book reviews for many publications including The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and The Economist and was editor of The Science Book (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001). 

Christopher Lura is a developmental editor specializing in idea-driven nonfiction books by scholars, journalists, professionals, and other writers. He helps authors edit and develop new book projects that address important social, historical, scholarly, and political issues. Deeply passionate about research, publishing, and social change, Lura has spent his career helping authors maximize the impact of their writing among publishers, agents, and readers. Before working independently, Lura worked for many years in acquisitions and editorial at notable scholarly and cultural publishers, including University of California Press. Where he helped bring to print books by influential writers and thinkers including Cynthia Enloe, Kathryn Edin, Arlie Hochschild, Aldon Morris, and Paul Farmer. He has an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. For several years, he worked with the editorial development agency Word Literary with Cecelia Cancellaro (founder of Word Literary and co-founder of Idea Architects). He also previously worked in editorial at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he helped produce award-winning catalogues and bring to readers new writing by major cultural critics, academics, and essayists. He has been an independent editor and writer since 2016.

Some previous events are available on video or as podcasts