The Early Modern Works in Progress Writing Group—part of the UCHI-sponsored Early Modern Working Group and Folger Consortium Committee—brings together faculty members and graduate students with interests in early modern / Renaissance literatures, art, and history. Our purpose is to support and promote the research of Early Modern Community members by providing them an occasion to present work in progress and receive constructive feedback and criticism on that work. We also seek to foster an intellectual, interdisciplinary community, particularly in the hopes of bringing together graduate students and faculty members from UConn’s main and satellite campuses.
The Group meets once or twice each semester at times announced in September and January respectively. Presenters are chosen each semester by members of the subcommittee who solicit nominations from the community at large. Presenters will typically be UConn faculty members and graduate dissertators working on any aspect of early modern / Renaissance cultures.
Presenters are expected to send their work in progress (no published or “accepted” essays will be workshopped) to the group committee chair no later than two weeks prior the scheduled event. The chair will disseminate the essay to all group members, who will read the work in advance of the meeting. On the day of the 90-minute workshop, community members will gather to discuss the essay in a lively, collegial conversational format—with the primary goal of helping the presenter to refine the essay for eventual publication submission. Essays should be between 15 and 30 pages of double-spaced prose.
We hope to see you at our meetings!