Young Writers Workshop Creative Writing Instructor
Working Title: Young Writers Workshop Creative Writing Instructor
Position Type: Hourly Wage
Department: Curry School of Education
Posting Date: 11-20-2017
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 Creative Writing Instructor to develop curriculum for and teach genre-specific workshops in six genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting [stage and screen], songwriting, and graphic text) as a part of its summer program for aspiring teenage writers, which is located on the campus of Sweet Briar College. This involves daily workshops (2-1/2 hours) in one two-week and one three-week session, in which genre-specific reading and writing instruction is coupled with individual conferencing and written feedback, concluding in a written narrative assessment of each student's work. Creative Writing Instructors also participate in readings, collaborate with teaching assistants on parallel writing lab curricula, as well as collaborate with other Creative Writing Instructors on programming, and assist in hosting visiting writers. They also attend parent and student orientation sessions, faculty and staff meetings, and orientation sessions.
Creative Writing Instructor positions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, songwriting, scriptwriting (stage and screen), and graphic fiction & nonfiction workshops are 30 hour per week positions for 6 weeks during the summer, working June 17-July 27. These at-will wage positions do not carry benefits.
A Bachelor of the Arts (B.A) degree is required. An MFA or MEd is preferred. Experience teaching creative writing at the secondary or post-secondary level is required. Expertise in the craft of a creative writing genre and its instruction, and strong interpersonal and collaboration skills are essential. Competency in basic word processing and computer programs (e.g., Word, Google docs, PowerPoint, search engines) is necessary. Experience teaching creative writing in an MFA program, as part of a post-graduate fellowship, and/or previous experience in the Young Writers Workshop program is preferred, as is publication in literary journals and work with adolescents in a mentorship capacity, such as a tutor, coach, or extracurricular instructor. A valid Driver's License, First Aid, and CPR certification are desirable.
To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0622021, complete the application and attach:
1) cover letter
3) a statement of what distinguishes your approach to teaching adolescent writers (upload to Other 1)
4) a 10-20 page writing sample that includes at least three different pieces or their excerpts in the genre for which you are applying, i.e., fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting (stage and screen), songwriting, and/or graphic text (upload to Writing Sample 1);
5) a sample lesson plan for a 2-1/2 hour workshop session (upload to Writing Sample 2).
Positions work in Sweet Briar, Virginia and will remain open until filled. Applicant screening begins November 30, 2017.
The Curry School of Education and the University of Virginia are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers. We seek to build a culturally diverse intellectual environment and welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Expertise in the craft of a creative writing genre and its instruction is required, as well as strong interpersonal skills. The ability to participate in instructional collaboration with other teachers is required.
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