So, You Want to Write A Textbook…

textbooks_02Love them or hate them, textbooks are a force to be reckoned with in academia. Everyone uses them, and some of us even want to write them. If you’ve ever wondered how to write a textbook, what the methodology for including materials in textbooks is, and how you might even make some money as a textbook author, then you should attend a panel discussion with people who have actually been through the process of creating one. Here are the details:

A panel of campus authors will discuss the process of writing textbooks for fun and (perhaps) profit as part of the continuing series, “So, You Want to Write a Book,” from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 14 at 227 Addlestone Library.

The panelists will include Doug Ferguson (Communications Department); Lynne Ford (Political Science Department), Chris Boucher (History Department) and Mick Norton (Mathematics Department).

The panel discussion is aimed at demystifying the process of writing textbooks. It should interest anyone who has an interest in writing a textbook but doesn’t know how to get started and then what to do next.

Each of the panelists will speak 5-7 minutes. A question-answer period will follow.

The panel discussion is part of a series on “The Community of the Book,” where professors, staff and others discuss book writing. The November panel will discuss writing book proposals.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences sponsors the panel.

For information, call or e-mail Chris Lamb, 843-953-6591 or

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