2019 Application


Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application to participate in the writing cohort of the Indigenous Lecture & Writing Series. The application is now closed and we have notified all applicants who have been selected to participate in the program. We invite everyone to attend the lecture portion of the series and you can find the monthly schedule of presenters here.

“For us, the ceremony is about a story, and for all of those, you just have to let it flow, because it’s built on relationships. And when you use a story, your own or others’, it’s claiming a voice and establishing a relationship” –Shawn Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree) 

 Application Process 


  • Self-identify as Indigenous 
  • Interest in writing for wider dissemination, publication or submission to graduate school 
  • Can commit to attending the ILWS orientation on April 26th from 1pm-4:30pm and 8 (eight) sessions (one every month) from May– January, 2020. 
  • Can commit to completing work assigned at sessions. 

Time Commitment & Schedule

ILWS is a 10-month commitment in which participants will attend an orientation and 8 (eight) monthly sessions that will focus on meeting the project goals.  In addition, participants will be invited to attend a 3-day writing retreat to work on a writing project that will be ready for submission by the end of the program.  Sessions will focus on various ranges of scholarship and genres of writing including creative, academic, editorial, etc. Twenty (20) Indigenous folks will be invited to participate in ILWS 2019.

Public lectures will take place on the last Thursday of the month from 1-2:30pm. Immediately following the lecture, the cohort will meet until 4:30pm with a writing facilitator. The dates are as followed: April 26 (orientation); May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, and November 21 (note change), and January 30, 2020.

Readings and occasional assignments will require a time commitment in-between convenings. Fellows should expect a commitment of 1-2 hours between convenings. Fellows are expected to complete pre-work in a timely manner and begin convenings ready to fully engage. Participation in the 3-day retreat is not required. Dates are TBD in either late March or April.

Full participation in all monthly convenings is highly essential in order to meet the goals of the project.


If you meet the outlined criteria, please submit your application and resume by Friday, March 8th by 5:00pm to Cynthia Soto at  Applicants will be notified of decisions by March 13, 2019.  

If you have any questions about ILWS or the application, please contact your university representative: 

Jasmine Gurneau- Northwestern University: 
Cynthia Soto- University of Illinois at Chicago: 
Josh Radinsky- University of Illinois at Chicago: 

View 2019 Application Here