Works In Progress

The Early Modern Works-in-Progress Writing Group 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 our Early Modern colleagues 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 will typically be UConn faculty members and graduate dissertators working on any aspect of Early Modern / Renaissance texts and cultures.  


Presenters are expected to send their work in progress (no published or “accepted” essays will be workshopped) to Alyse O'Hara ( no later than two weeks prior the scheduled event.  The head will disseminate the essay to all group members, who will read the work in advance of the meeting.  On the day of the 75-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 will be between 15 and 30 pages of double-spaced prose.