Academic Center Offers Peer Review, Face to Face

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Matt McLoone for The Chronicle

The economist Deirdre McCloskey said a workshop on her most recent book-in-progress was “better than peer review because it’s a real conversation.”

Academic authors, imagine a roomful of expert readers, prepared to spend days going through your draft opus, point by point. It’s a writer’s dream—at least for a writer willing to take constructive criticism from equals.

For the past decade or so, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been making that dream a reality in a series of manuscript-­review workshops. Designed for well-established scholars in the later