The Writers Group is a team of individuals associated with higher ed or K-12 education who are interested in writing about viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement. The Writers Group is led by HxA Faculty Fellow Ilana Redstone and meets as a team every week. To learn about the current members of the Writers Group, click here.

What are the goals of the Writers Group? 

The goals of the Writers Group are to:

  • Raise public awareness about the importance of viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement;
  • Model the HxA way while discussing difficult issues;
  • Elevate diverse perspectives on society’s pressing issues;
  • Raise awareness of HxA.

Can I join the Writers Group?

Participation in the Writers Group is invitation only, though we encourage those who are interested to complete the interest form here

What are the expectations of Writers Group members?

Participants in the Writers Group are expected to: 

  • Be able to write persuasively to both niche and lay audiences;
  • Have a connection to higher ed or K-12—whether as a student, staff member, or faculty member—or a connection to a related organization;
  • Write, work, and generally act within the guidelines of the HxA Way;
  • Attend at least two team meetings per month;
  • Remain active writers, publishing at least one piece per academic year in an external press outlet;
  • As a group, one article must be published quarterly in an external press outlet;
  • For months with a theme (that align with the heterodox: the blog) the Writers Group as a whole must submit at least one piece to the HxA blog for consideration. Any Writing Fellow in the group may volunteer to write this piece;
  • Write generally on the topics of viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, constructive disagreement, heterodoxy, and/or things that challenge mainstream narratives and promote a diversity of perspectives;
  • Participate in workshopping the writings of others; 
  • Get approval from the group’s leader to use the HxA byline for each publication, and then use the HxA byline when you are published; 
  • Independently pitch original content to external press outlets to publish your op-eds.

What resources are available to Writers Group members? 

The following resources are available to Writers Group members:

  • Access to the group’s expertise, HxA’s expertise, editorial assistance, and editorial contacts (when available);
  • The opportunity to publish on the HxA blog;
  • The opportunity for your work to be promoted on HxA social channels (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, HxA Bulletin);
  • Feedback on your writing from other members of the Writers Group;
  • Occasional professional development opportunities (e.g., OpEd Project). 

Do members of the Writers Group get compensated? 

The compensation structure for members of the Writers Group is as follows:

  • For each op-ed published in a top-tier news outlet (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, New York Post, LA Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, NewsDay, or an international journal of comparable readership), the author will be paid $300;
  • For each op-ed published in any other news outlet, the author will be paid $200;
  • For each op-ed published in the HxA blog, like all other HxA blog authors, the author will be paid $250.

Participation in the Writers Group is by invitation only. To show interest, please complete this form.

To learn about the current Writing Fellows in HxA’s Writers Group, click here.