Young Writers Workshop Creative Writing Instructor (staff wage)

Job description

Job location: Remote - Virginia

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2020-11-10
Req: R0019406

2021 University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop

Creative Writing Instructor Position

The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) 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 UVA School of Education and Human Development, the Young Writers Workshop is seeking applicants for the position of Creative Writing Workshop Instructor to develop and teach genre-specific curriculum to aspiring teenage writers in six genres:

1) fiction

2) creative nonfiction

3) poetry

4) scriptwriting (stage & screen)

5) songwriting

6) multi-genre (including short form & graphic text)

The YWW summer program, which is hosted on the campus of Sweet Briar College, 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 the following: individual conferencing, written feedback, and a final written assessment of each student's work. Creative Writing Instructors also participate in readings/performances, 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 a one-week orientation program.  

Creative Writing Instructor positions are 30 hour per week positions for 6 weeks during the summer, working June 13-July 23, 2021.

This is a wage position which is not eligible for leave or other benefits and is limited to 1500 hours of work in a year. For more information, refer to the Wage Employment link:  

A Bachelor of 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 one or more creative writing genres and their instruction, and strong interpersonal and collaboration skills are required. Knowledge of basic word processing and computer programs (e.g., Word, Google docs, PowerPoint, search engines) is required. Experience teaching creative writing and/or graphic text 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, please submit an application online through Workday at Search on requisition number:  R0019406. Please attach the following documents to your application:

1) A cover letter which states your preferred genre(s) of instruction in the first line (e.g., I am applying to the Creative Writing Instructor position in fiction; I am both poetry and multi-genre.)
2) CV/resumé, which lists your most recent teaching experience first and includes contact information for 3 references
3) a statement of your approach to teaching writing and what distinguishes that approach for its effectiveness with adolescent writers
4) a 10-20 page writing sample that includes at least three different pieces or excerpts in the genre for which you are applying: fiction; creative nonfiction; poetry; scriptwriting (stage and screen); songwriting; and/or multi-genre (including short form & graphic text); if applying in more than one genre, submit an equal number of pages in each genre up to 30 pages total.
5) a sample lesson plan for a 2-1/2 hour workshop session in the genre of your preference for which you are applying.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,500-$6,500 total for period of work. Compensation is premised on prior experience in the program.

Positions work in Sweet Briar, Virginia and will remain open until filled. Applicant screening begins November 15, 2020.

The UVA School of Education and Human Development and the University of Virginia are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position already requires degree verification (FSAKA).

Questions related to the application process may be directed to Jen Krahn, HR Specialist, at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 11/11/2020
Application Due: 5/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time