Author Workshops

Author workshops run two weeks in residence on the West Virginia University campus in Morgantown, WV. (Dates for the Summer 2018 workshops are tbd.) The author workshops run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, with optional social events during the evenings and weekends. The workshops provide two levels of assistance through the design and publishing process for scholarly multimedia and digital humanities projects: those just beginning DH projects and those who are in later stages and nearing completion of DH projects. For both workshops, authors will discuss readings and example texts while also putting their own projects into practice through dedicated lab time. All authors will leave the workshop with tangible progress towards their project. Multiple staff members will guide and help participants with their projects. Below are the descriptions for both the beginning and advanced author workshops.

From Concept to Work Plan – Summer 2017

Authors will be participating in hands-on workshops that will help forward their digital humanities projects. They will move from the conception of a project idea to a proposal, work plan, or prototype.

By the time authors leave these workshops, they will have learned to

  • analyze existing multimedia scholarship for precedence and models
  • finalize media-specific research questions
  • select the correct media, technology, and platforms for their project
  • examine possible venues to publish their project and plan for matching that venue’s submission/publication guidelines
  • draft and peer-review in-progress work products (e.g., scripts, storyboards, proposals, etc.) based on the proposed venue’s evaluation criteria
  • create a workplan to complete a project

Authors attending the Summer 2017 workshop might also leave with proposal materials suitable for applying to the NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication.

From Prototype to Published – Summer 2018

Authors will be participating in hands-on workshops that will help them complete their digital humanities projects. They will move from a work plan, prototype, or rough draft of their project to a final draft of a submittable project.

By the end of the two weeks, participants will have learned how to bring their projects to completion by:

  • designing their multimedia texts in ways that support their research question and technological needs
  • focusing on peer-review processes that also impact tenure & promotion issues
  • ensuring their technology and media choices are suitable for long-term sustainability
  • adding search optimization and metadata for accessibility and preservation purposes
  • and justifying their project to their home institutions and disciplines

 

Dates and deadlines for future Author and Editor workshops will be publicized in late August 2017. Stay tuned!!