Writing Beyond the Academy: A WorkshopThe Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, in cooperation with the Association for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at American University, announces a five-day workshop to help academics develop skills for sharing their expertise with wider publics and engaging diverse audiences beyond the university’s walls. Participants will workshop their own pre-prepared writing samples and participate in instructional seminars on topics such as writing op-eds, personal essays, trade book proposals, narrative nonfiction, and cultural criticism, as well as public speaking and managing social media. The workshop will be held June 11 – 16, 2017 at the University of Michigan and will be led by Samuel Freedman, award-winning author of Jew vs Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry, professor of journalism at Columbia University, and columnist for The New York Times, and will feature additional instructional guests.Applications will be accepted on a competitive basis from among the membership of the Association for Jewish Studies, with a submission deadline of January 11, 2017.  We expect to have 12 participants from across all academic ranks and positions (contingent faculty, permanent faculty, etc).  The workshop and hotel accommodations will be paid for by the Frankel Center, with support from AJS and American University. Further information, including application instructions, can be found on the AJS website. Questions?Contact Amy Weiss, AJS Grants and Communications Coordinator, at aweiss@ajs.cjh.org or 917.606.8249.