Shortform is looking for writers

March 30, 2022

Posted by Margarita Sanabria

Shortform is looking for writers who will create extremely high-quality book guides, topic guides, and educational materials. As part of Shortform, you’ll use your passion for reading and teaching to educate learners on a national scale. You’ll join an exciting startup with a mission to make sense of the world’s information.


Shortform is a product featuring high-quality guides that help readers understand non-fiction books better. Shortform improves on existing products by focusing on actionables, creating more in-depth summaries, adding smart analysis and commentary to understand the book better, and building a community helping each other learn.


Do you enjoy reading non-fiction books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or Thinking, Fast and Slow? Do you consider yourself an effective educator, able to distill complex information into its core essentials? Do you want to help thousands of readers improve their lives and apply what they learn?


+ Write high-quality guides to non-fiction books. Distill a complex work into its core essentials, at different levels of detail (5 pages, and full chapter-by-chapter summary). Extract the key arguments and supporting evidence, while discarding fluff.

+ Add insightful commentary and analysis to your guides. Discuss the book’s historical and intellectual context; relate the key ideas in the book to ideas in other books; compare the books to others within its genre; add updates since the book was published.

+ Create interactive exercises to help readers apply lessons from books, including quizzes to test comprehension and open-ended questions to help the reader reflect.

+ Write high-quality summaries of important topics, synthesizing from sources like the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal. Recent topics include an analysis of Biden’s stimulus bill covering every major political viewpoint, as well as an analysis of whether today’s housing market is overheated.

+ Contribute ideas for product features that Shortform users would love.

+ (Optional) Participate in projects to help the company grow, such as marketing and community outreach.


+ Ability to distill information into its core concepts, then synthesize a new understanding that’s even more effective than the original source.

+ Ability to research books to find related ideas and make insightful connections.

+ Ability to read and write efficiently. We don’t apply onerous time pressure, but we do want you to understand the tradeoff between speed and quality, and avoid costly perfectionism.

+ Clear, engaging writing style with a natural voice. You can tell the difference between good, tight writing and sloppy/rigid writing.

+ Serious commitment and work drive. You always pull through and deliver and take pride in your own work. Previous experience working as a remote contractor preferred.

+ Work experience preferred: 1+ years of experience writing for an online publication and working with an editor to hone ideas. Demonstrated interest in education and track record of effectively sharing knowledge with others.

+ Full-time availability (35-40 hours/week) is preferred, but part-time work is available for strong applicants (at least 25 hours per week on average).


  • Please apply through Indeed with your resume, cover letter, and link to 2-3 published clips (if available)


  • In your cover letter, please describe your prior professional writing experience (if any), your favorite non-fiction book, and your reading habits (books or otherwise)


  • $18 to $25-  Compensation is paid hourly, with expected rates from $18 to $25, depending on prior experience and quality of work. Bonuses are awarded for time efficiency and longevity on the team.


For more information, visit their website.

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