Friday, May 5, 2017

Writers' Workshop in Washington, D.C.


The Legal Writing Institute announced an extension of the deadline to apply for the fourteenth Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop. The workshop will  take place on Friday, July 14 through Monday, July 17, 2017 and it 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 a Victorian Mansion in the 16th Street Heights area of Northwest Washington DC; depending on demand, there may also be a few rooms in a nearby bed and breakfast or hotel.  The Workshop will take place immediately after the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.

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 early 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 or something similar.

Although all LWI members are encouraged to apply, the workshop is 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. Priority goes to applicants who have not attended past Workshops.

What Will You 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: Christine Coughlin, Deborah Gordon, and Louis Sirico

 Where Will the Workshop Be?

The workshop will take place at a large Victorian mansion (an AirBnB property), a great location for thought and productivity.  We will have exclusive access to the whole mansion

Who Pays?

Participants will pay a $300 registration. LWI will cover all meals, beginning with lunch on July 14 and ending with breakfast on July 17.


Contact Kim Holst at or (480) 965-1144.

How to Apply

Please fill out the application found here (or at by noon, Wednesday, May 10.

Hat tip to the Writers Workshop Governing Board: Cynthia Adams, Ken Chestek, Deborah Gordon, Kim Holst, Chris Rideout, and Lou Sirico


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