Unique among writing programs, Ms. JD's Writers in Residence program equips law students and attorneys with the platform and training to publish written work amplifying the voices, faces and concerns of women in the legal profession. Our past writers have provided some of our most thought-provoking, encouraging, and honest content.
Each year, Ms. JD selects up to twenty writers for the 8-month program. All writers convene monthly for a digital content strategy meeting with Ms. JD's staff and a one-hour workshop with guest experts. Writers are expected to work on practicing and perfecting their research, writing, and editing skills.
In selecting the next Writers in Residence cohort, Ms. JD considers the quality of the candidate’s past writing, potential for growth, and ability to contribute to their peers. Ms. JD's Writers in Residence are diverse in style, experience, and education, with talent and focus as the true common denominators.
Develop new skills.
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The 2021 Writers in Residence Orientation Session will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from Noon to 2pm EST.
On the first Saturday of each month, writers will meet to review the upcoming month's digital content strategy, brainstorm potential topics, and receive feedback.
On first (and occasionally second) Wednesday or Thursday of each month, writers are invited to private workshops and webinars with guest experts and writers in the legal profession.
First writing drafts will be due mid-month and followed by a Peer-Review Week where writers will provide and receive feedback from a fellow cohort member. During the final week of each month, writers will edit another writer's final draft before it is submitted for publication.
Applications will close on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Midnight EST.
Before starting your application, please have a copy of your resume or past writing clips ready to upload.
Selected applicants will be notified by March 15, 2021.
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Can you help me choose which of my works to submit?
Submit whatever works you feel best represent your work as a writer.
Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee.
Do I need to send letters of recommendation or transcripts to Ms. JD?
No. Please do not have letters of recommendation or transcripts sent.
Can you add some information to my application after I have submitted it?
No, we cannot alter or add information to your application form, manuscript, or statement of plans once we have received it (the only exception is if your or your recommender’s contact information changes). Please make sure your application is ready and complete before you submit it. Please do not contact us to let us know one of your manuscripts has been published or received an award; this information will not have any bearing on our decision.
How are applicants selected?
Applications are read thoroughly by a committee. The committee members then score applicants based on a rubric and then discuss the most promising applicants they consider the most suitable for the Writers in Residence program.