Friday, May 2, 2008

LWI Writers Workshop

THE LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE announced that the fifth Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop will take place on July 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2008. The workshop will give up to twelve Legal Writing faculty the opportunity to spend time working on their academic writing projects and improving their scholarly skills. At the conclusion of the LWI Conference, attendees will depart from Indianapolis for our conference site (tentatively, a Victorian inn in Brown County, Indiana.)  The workshop will end in the morning on July 20.

Who Can Attend?

        All members of the Legal Writing Institute are eligible. You must have a scholarly writing project well underway and beyond the initial stages of performing the initial research and drafting a tentative outline. You must at least have some sort of partial draft. In most cases, a scholarly writing project should result in a law review article.  LWI give priority to full time Legal Writing faculty for whom scholarly writing is a prerequisite for retention, promotion, or tenure. LWI also give priority to applicants who have not attended past Workshops.

What Will Happen at the Workshop?
        Participants make presentations on their projects to small groups of three and receive feedback. Each session runs about ninety minutes. They also may take part in several guided discussion groups, each on a different topic. Participants will also have time to work on their drafts.

Will There Be Facilitators?

        Yes, Linda Edwards (UNLV), Jill Ramsfield (Hawaii), Chris Rideout (Seattle), and Lou Sirico (Villanova) will organize the program and offer their guidance.

Where Will the Workshop Be?

        Tentatvely, the workshop will take place at a Victorian Inn in Brown County, Indiana. We are still firming up the reservation.We will provide transportation from the LWI site to the Workshop and then back to the Indianapolis airport.

Who Pays?

        The LWI Board of Directors is providing financing to defray the cost to participants. The remaining cost to each participant is $300. It covers lodging, meals, snacks, all day beverage service, and transportation to and from the Workshop location.. Participants are on their own for any remaining costs. Thanks to the efforts of Tracy McGaugh and Ruth Anne Robbins, there is scholarship money available for at least one participant who is unable to receive funding from his or her school.

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