The National Institute of Statistical Science (NISS) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) will hold a writing workshop for junior researchers. The goal of the workshop is to provide instruction in how to write journal articles and grant proposals. Participants will be required to provide a recent sample of their writing, which will be reviewed by a senior mentor. The sample could be a current draft of an article being submitted for publication, or it could be a grant proposal. (Submission of the manuscript will be required as part of the registration process. Prior experience suggests that the best results come from submitting an early draft of something that is written solely or primarily by the participant.)

The mentors will be former journal editors and program officers, who will critique (a portion of) the submitted material. Individual feedback will be provided at the opening session, and participants will be expected to prepare a revision. In addition to the individual feedback, there will be a one-day session of general instruction in effective writing techniques and a follow-up lunch.

The one-day session is scheduled for Sunday, August 3, in Denver. At the end of the session, mentors will meet with participants to go over the writing samples they submitted. The participants will prepare a revision of the critiqued portion of their paper and give it to their mentor by Tuesday evening, August 5. A lunch will be held on Wednesday, August 6, by which time the participants will receive additional feedback on their revisions. The lunch will also be used to provide general feedback to the participants, mentors, and organizers.

Attendance will be limited and will depend on the number of mentors available. To apply, click on the tab below. Applications are due by June 1, 2008, and successful applicants will be notified by June 30. Applications received after June 1 will be considered if space is available. There is no fee for participation. Participants will receive lunch on Sunday, August 3, and Wednesday, August 6. Participants must agree to attend both the Sunday session and the Wednesday lunch. We anticipate funding for partial travel support.

An online application form is available at

For more information contact Keith Crank, Assistant Director for Research and Graduate Education, American Statistical Association (