Young Writers Workshop Residential Teacher & Counselor
Working Title: Young Writers Workshop Residential Teacher & Counselor
Position Type: Hourly Wage
Department: Curry School of Education
Posting Date: 12-08-2015
The Young Writers Workshop of the University of Virginia, established in 1982 as the nation's flagship program for teenage writers, is in its fourth decade of bringing together a community of writers from across the country and beyond its borders with a common purpose: to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where writers in grades 9-12 can live and work together as artists.
Sponsored by the Curry School of Education, the Young Writers Workshop is seeking applicants for the position of Residential Teacher & Counselor to staff its summer program for aspiring teenage writers located on the campus of Sweet Briar College. Residential Teacher & Counselors are responsible for: assisting teaching faculty in daily writing workshop sessions in one of six genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, script writing, song writing, or graphic fiction & nonfiction); teaching genre-specific writing labs; sponsoring student social/cultural events; and designing and teaching elective short-courses covering a range of artistic, literary, and recreational interests. Residential Teacher & Counselors are also responsible for the residential supervision of 10-12 student participants during meals and free time, on evenings and weekends, including overnight, and the activities that occur during these times, such as visiting writer readings, theater performances, swimming, field trips, cookouts, and recreational activities.
Applicants must have completed at least one year of college with liberal arts coursework by the time of employment, preferably two or more. Experience working with adolescents in a tutoring, camp counselor, after-school program or an equivalent type of experience is required, and the ability to relate to adolescents is essential. Involvement in the literary arts, such as study in creative writing courses, participation in theater arts groups, journalism experience, or performing arts expertise is also required. Strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and effective collaboration with others are essential, as well as demonstrated involvement in the literary arts, such as study in creative writing courses, participation in theater arts groups, journalism experience, or performing arts expertise. Knowledge of basic word processing and computer programs (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Google docs, search engines,) are required. Previous experience in the program is preferred, as well as experience in the supervision and instruction of adolescents in a residential academic program. Also preferable are creative writing skill in one or more genres and in secondary level instructional methods, as well as in video, audio, and web design programs. A valid Driver's License and Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certification are desirable.
Counselor positions are for 6 weeks during the summer, June 13-July 24. Applicants selected for this position enroll in a one credit hour graduate course in writing instruction for teen writers, for which tuition and fees are provided. Course work is an integrated part of the on-site training for this position.
To apply, attach a cover letter, resume/CV, a statement of your interest in writing and in teaching and mentoring young writers (Writing Sample 1), a 5-7 page writing sample showing original writing in the two specific genres in which you have most interest, i.e., fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, script writing, song writing, and/or graphic fiction & nonfiction (Writing Sample 2).
Positions work in Sweet Briar, Virginia and this posting remains open until filled.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to collaborate with others on shared goals is required. The ability to relate to adolescents is essential.
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