2020 Graduate Research Writing and Publishing Workshop in Prato

Monday 29 June to Wednesday 1 July 2020

Be mentored in this intensive, residential program to enhance your skills in preparing, writing and getting an article published in a major academic journal or a chapter published in a book released by a recognised quality commercial or university press publisher.

Prato is a beautiful and historic Italian city, surrounded by medieval walls and set in a picturesque Tuscan landscape. Prato is also within easy reach of other cities such as Florence, Venice and Rome, which makes it a perfect base for exploring Italy and beyond.

The Faculty of Arts will provide travel and accommodation bursaries of AUD$2000.00 to each successful applicant. The funding will be transferred to the successful applicants directly in the form of reimbursement.

1. Program overview

The workshop’s aim is to mentor graduate research candidates in the Faculty to enhance their skills in preparing, writing, and getting an article published in a major academic journal or a chapter published in a book released by a recognised quality commercial or university press publisher. The workshop is comprised of a three-day residency at the Monash University Prato Centre. Individual sessions address the various stages of the article/book chapter writing process from planning, to drafting, to writing abstracts and responding to referees’ reports and comments. The event is jointly coordinated with UK and European partner institutions.

In addition to classroom work, candidates are also provided with dedicated periods for writing, working individually with academic mentors, exchanging drafts, and providing their peers with constructive feedback.

The activity will include breakout sessions, giving students the opportunity to focus on two different streams:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Successful completion of this activity will contribute 20 hours towards the Monash Doctoral Program. In order to receive this 20 hours, candidates must:

  1. Attend all the workshop’s sessions (including writing periods and feedback sessions).
  2. Bring with them a draft of a prospective article or chapter (approx. 3,000 words) to be developed over the workshop’s duration.
  3. Make demonstrable progress on the draft article or chapter by the end of the workshop.

Monash-based program facilitators: Professor Stacy Holman Jones

2. Learning outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will allow graduate research candidates to:

  • Develop a piece of research that is the equivalent of a first draft of an article or chapter that can be submitted for publication.
  • Identify quality and/or appropriate journals or publishers for their publication outputs.
  • Develop skills on how to provide, receive and respond to constructive criticism from peers.
  • Enhance candidates’ communications skills and build confidence in their abilities to present their findings to their peers.
  • Foster international and multidisciplinary research collaborations.

3. Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled, either as a doctoral or research masters’ candidate in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University in any of its Australian campuses.
  • At time of application, have successfully completed the confirmation of candidature milestone, but not yet presented for the Final Review milestone (for doctoral candidates) or the Progress Review (for masters’ candidates).
  • Have study away entitlement remaining (successful applicants will need to formally apply for study away with MGRO prior to making travel arrangements).
  • Outline a developed and achievable writing proposal for a journal article or quality book chapter with a recognised quality commercial or university press publisher, which must be submitted within 6 months after the Workshop.
  • Have the support of their Main Supervisor.
  • Have not participated in this Workshop previously.

4. Apply Now

Apply Now – Applications for the 2020 Workshop will close on 7 February 2020 at 5:00pm AEDT.


Arushi Garg, Oxford PhD candidate in Criminology

University of Oxford, Centre for Criminology Blog: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/centres-institutes/centre-criminology/blog/2018/08/academic-lessons-under-tuscan-sun-snapshot-monash

Dr Asher Flynn, Monash Facilitator for the 2018 Workshop

“Across the workshop we will come together for interdisciplinary opportunities as a large group, as well as breaking into two streams and into smaller groups based on the students’ research interests. This is also a fantastic opportunity to make global connections within and beyond a student's specific research interests, and at the end of the workshop you should be in a position to submit a piece of work for publication, and be prepared for all that process entails.”

Feedback from a selection of students who attended the 2018 Workshop

  • “Very well organized and constructive + supportive atmosphere. It was extremely useful for my own work and I also really enjoyed it. Thank you!”
  • “I think the general tone of the whole thing and the range & attitude of facilitators has been BRILLIANT.”
  • “Fantastic facilities on campus, lovely and approachable academics & well-organised; selected students all were very lovely & quality of work was very high!”
  • “Such a well organized and useful workshop in such a fantastic space. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.”
  • “I have been able to clarify my thinking for not only the paper I wrote, but my entire thesis & novel. How’s THAT for an outcome?!?”

Kate Burns, Monash PhD candidate who attended the 2015 Workshop

  • “It was an opportunity to meet academics and students from other disciplines and institutions to discuss issues with regards to publishing in the social sciences,” she said.
  • Rather than focusing on all the other demands of the PhD candidature, the workshop prepares participants for publication.
  • “Before attending the workshop, I didn’t feel confident in writing a journal article or what journals I should even be aiming for,” Ms Burns said.
  • “I came away from the workshop with a structure for my article, an abstract and introduction. This meant then once I returned home, I felt really confident about writing the article and submitting it for publication,” Ms Burns said, adding it was extremely beneficial to hear the views of various academics about co-authorship, publishing throughout your PhD, choosing the ‘right' journal for your works, and how to read reviewers' comments.
  • “Prato is a beautiful campus and being able to sit in the sun and write was not only pleasant but very productive … I would highly recommend the Prato workshop to anyone that is considering publishing.”