Working with a Literary Agent: An Obermann Get It Done workshop

Get It Done Obermann Lunchtime Workshop Series

Featuring Meenakshi Gigi Durham (UI Ombuds, GWSS, and Journalism & Mass Communication) and Carrie Schuettpelz (School of Planning and Public Affairs).

Increasingly, academic authors are seeking ways to publish books that will have appeal beyond their disciplinary audience. Whether it’s a matter of landing a book contract with a non-academic press or finding avenues toward broader readership, such as through magazines and podcasts, having a literary agent can be very helpful. In this GET IT DONE, we talk with two UI faculty members who have worked with literary agents about the relationship. We’ll hear about why they chose to work with an agent; how having an agent has affected their writing decisions; what agents think about scholarly writing; and more. There will also be time for your questions.

Meenakshi Gigi Durham is a CLAS Collegiate Scholar and Professor in Journalism and Mass Communication with a joint appointment in Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies; she also serves part-time as the UI faculty ombudsperson. Her most recent book is MeToo: The Impact of Rape Culture in the Media (Polity, 2021). For a past book, The Lolita Effect, she worked with the commercial publisher Outlook Press.

Carrie Schuettpelz is an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Planning and Public Affairs. A former homelessness policy advisor in the Obama Administration, she has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Carrie is currently working on a book about tribal enrollment that intertwines personal narrative, interviews, and data collection. She is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

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Free and open to all.

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