Sunday, March 29, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop


 We are pleased to announce the twelfth Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop to take place on July 24-July 26, 2015. 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.

 The Workshop will take place at the Port Ludlow Resort in Port Ludlow, Washington . It will take place immediately after the Legal Writing Institute Storytelling Conference. The Workshop concludes on Sunday morning, July 26. The LWI conference begins that afternoon.

 Who is Eligible to 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. To be clear, we expect you to arrive with a substantial work product. In most cases, a scholarly writing project should result in a law review article.

 Although all LWI members are encouraged to apply, we are limited to 12 participants. We give priority to full time Legal Writing faculty for whom scholarly writing is a prerequisite for retention, promotion, or tenure. We give priority to applicants who have not attended past Workshops.

  What Will We Do 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 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, experienced scholarly writers: Deborah Gordon (Drexel), Steve Johansen (Lewis & Clark), and Chris Rideout (Seattle).

  Where Will the Workshop Be?

 The workshop will take place at the Port Ludlow Resort, the site of the first Writers Workshop, a fabulous location.

  Who Pays?

 This year, participants will pay a $300 registration. LWI will cover all meals, beginning with lunch on July 24 and ending with breakfast on July 26 (day time snacks included), and ground transportation between Seattle and Port Ludlow. 

 If I Have Questions, Whom Should I Ask?

  Please contact Lou Sirico at (610) 519 7071

  How Do I Apply?

 Please fill out the following application and submit it by email by noon, Monday, April 13. We will select participants as quickly as we can and on a rolling basis.


 Please return this application by email to Lou



 Law School Affiliation:


 Mailing Address:


 Email Address:


 Telephone Number:


 Are You a Full Time Faculty Member?


 For How Many Years Have You Been Teaching Legal Writing?


 Is Scholarship a Requirement for Your Retention, Promotion, or Tenure? Please Explain Your Individual Situation.


 Please describe your writing project and, in as much detail as possible. Please describe  how far along you are in completing your project. For example, do you have a detailed outline, a first draft, substantial parts of a first draft? Please estimate how far along you will be by mid July 2015.


Is there anything else you want to tell us?


Louis J. Sirico, Jr.

Professor of Law

Director of Legal Writing

Villanova University School of Law

299 North Spring Mill Road

Villanova, PA 19085


fax: 610.519.6837

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