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2022 Summer Writing Group

The deadline to apply for the 2022 AJS Summer Writing Group has passed.

The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to again offer an online summer writing group in 2022. This program will be run by Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Professor of History, the Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, and the Viterbi Family Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at UCLA. Participants will meet online for 10 weeks (from the week of June 20 through the week of August 22). All group sessions will take place for an hour on Mondays at 10 AM pacific/1 PM eastern on June 20, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22. Smaller group meetings will be arranged at mutually convenient times.

Studies have shown that across the disciplines a significant gender gap exists in publishing: womxn, transmen, and non-binary people publish less than their cis-male counterparts (Dillard 2020, Schiermeier 2019, Imhoff 2019, Ali 2019a). The gendered publication gap expands for high-ranking journals (West et. al. 2013) with dire consequences: womxn, transmen, and non-binary people are not only less likely to be cited (Teele 2019, Kuo 2017, Thompson 2019, Ali 2019b), but also they are given less credit for the work they create. This makes womxn, transmen, and non-binary people less successful when it comes to advancement, hiring, and tenure (Hengel 2019), and contributes to the “leaky pipeline.”

To address this gap in publishing, the AJS has implemented a summer writing program designed specifically to provide extra support and encouragement for womxn, transmen, and non-binary individuals, with the goal of boosting submission rates.

The AJS, in conjunction with the Women's Caucus, will provide a copy of Wendy Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks to each participant (If you participated in a previous AJS summer writing group, you are eligible to reapply, but the AJS will expect you to use the copy of Belcher's book that you previously received. Additionally, preference will be given to new participants, while past participants will be considered if space remains). Every other week, the group will connect virtually using Zoom or a similar platform and have a full group discussion about strategies for success and which of Belcher's tips work best. The weeks in between the full-group sessions, participants would meet virtually with three to four other people and exchange the parts of their work Belcher expects people to have written by that point (e.g. abstract, lit. review, etc.). The goal of these smaller groups is to read each other’s work, give supportive feedback, and learn from each other’s triumphs and pitfalls. At various points during the summer, the group might have optional extra sessions on items such as “meet some editors,” writing a book proposal, and grant writing. People at all stages of their career are welcome.

Overall, the goal of this group will attend to some of the key problems that cause womxn, transmen and non-binary members to submit fewer articles by (1) connecting people with mentors, (2) forging connections, (3) providing a supportive environment, (4) keeping people from feeling isolated, (5) breaking the cycle in which people respond to criticism by filing their work in a drawer and never looking at it again, and (6) building people’s publication skill sets.


Applicants must be current AJS members for the 2022 membership year (January – December 2022).

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit:

1) a current CV

2) the application form with contact information

3) a paragraph explaining why you would like to participate in the summer writing group and how it will advance your writing projects and publication agenda

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 27, 2022