Thursday, March 31, 2016

Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop 2016


We are pleased to announce the thirteenth Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop to take place on July 7-July 10, 2016. 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 Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon.  It will take place immediately before the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference. The Workshop concludes on Sunday morning, July 10.  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), Lou Sirico (Villanova), Chris Rideout (Seattle), and Kimberly Holst (ASU).

 Where Will the Workshop Be?

The workshop will take place at the Resort at the Mountain, a beautiful location for thought and productivity.

Who Pays?

This year, participants will pay a $300 registration. LWI will cover all meals, beginning with dinner on July 7 and ending with breakfast on July 10 (day time snacks included), and ground transportation between Portland and Welches.

 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 18 to Lou at We will select participants as quickly as we can and on a rolling basis.



Please return this application by email to Lou Sirico:


 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 early July 2016.

Is there anything else you want to tell us?


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