The WinS Blog

Welcome to the WinS (Writers in Schools) blog, where we post dispatches, updates, and reflections about our author visits with DC high school classrooms, teen parent groups, and youth facilities.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll expand the content here to feature helpful, downloadable resources for teachers, writers and students, as well as showcase exceptional student work, so make sure to check back soon.

To learn more about PEN/Faulkner’s Writers In Schools Program or to make a request for an author to visit your classroom, click here. To contact Writers in Schools with questions or concerns, email us at wins@penfaulkner.org.

PEN/Faulkner is Hiring

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Donor/Events Consultant

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation seeks a Donor/Events Consultant for upcoming donor-related events that kick-off our new season. PEN/Faulkner will host the 29th Celebration of literature and readings with ten of today’s top contemporary writers. The success of this annual event is key to meeting our mission and fundraising goals, and will be held in mid-October in Washington, D.C.  Additional, smaller events are held in November and December.

The Donor/Events Consultant will plan and manage logistics, donor responses, guest lists, day-of-event activities, and any post-event follow-up for the Celebration. The ideal candidate is experienced in events management, flexible, understands how to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and enjoys having fun at work, while working hard.  Experience with excel spreadsheets, Donor Tools, MailChimp, on-site events is necessary.  In addition, social media and marketing/promotion skills are welcomed.

PEN/Faulkner is a national literary organization with deep roots in Washington, D.C. We work to honor American fiction, connect writers with their readers, and support public school teachers and students to develop a love of learning and contemporary literature.

The position is part-time in duration, with the possibility of developing into a full-time position.  Currently, the position starts in August. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to us at applications@penfaulkner.org. For more information about the foundation and its work, go to www.penfaulkner.org.

DONOR/EVENTS CONSULTANT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the “box office” functions of guest lists, receiving payments, recording payments.
  • Through Donor Tools, logs contributions and sends acknowledgment notes.
  • Maintain invoices and receipts for accounting.
  • Manage logistics for author travel and accommodations.
  • Organize volunteers and staff as needed for day-of-event logistics.
  • Manage local travel to events associated with the Celebration and event author visits.
  • Assist with marketing to promote the event sales.
  • Create any signage needed.
  • Oversee program printing and drop-off.
  • Manage and oversee check-in table, event volunteers/staff, and any special seating at events.

General Office Duties

  • Collect invoices and provide to accounting.
  • Track and update donations in donor management system.
  • Sponsor/Donor acknowledgments.
  • Assist with donor tax receipts and other donor acknowledgements.

Web

  • Provide content for donor-facing pages on website related to Celebration and other events.
  • Review content to ensure accuracy on web, social/digital media, and printed materials.
  • Manage online gift campaigns.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to applications@penfaulkner.org with the subject line “Donor/Events Consultant.”

 

Writers in Schools Director

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation seeks a Director for the Writers in Schools (WinS) program. WinS is a core program of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and central to our mission. The WinS Director manages all aspects of the program that brings free books and authors to local DC Public and Public Charter Schools. The Director serves as the primary point-of-contact on WinS to schools, authors, and others.

The ideal candidate enjoys reading and talking about a good book, is flexible, hard-working, and fun. If you have classroom experience and knowledge of education and curriculum development practices, that’s a big plus. As PEN/Faulkner deepens its engagement in communities, the WinS Director is a partner in that effort through outreach with schools, teachers, parents, and communities. No two days are alike. A roll-up-your-sleeves attitude is a must.

PEN/Faulkner is a national literary organization with deep roots in Washington, DC. We work to honor excellent American fiction, connect writers with their readers, and support public school teachers and students in studying and learning to love – contemporary literature.

The position is full-time and starts in August. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to us at applications@penfaulkner.org. For more information about the foundation and its work, go to www.penfaulkner.org.

WRITERS IN SCHOOLS DIRECTOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Writers in Schools Management

  • Coordinate 200+ Writers in Schools visits each year. Handle visit logistics between authors, teachers, schools, volunteers and students.
  • Cultivate and maintain literary partnerships with schools and other partners that support WinS programming such as the Teen Parenting Book Club and Summer Book Club and Supper.
  • Coordinate book purchases and distribution of books to schools.
  • Develop and implement an evaluation strategy to accurately capture the strengths and weaknesses of the WinS program as it relates to all stakeholders – teachers, students, authors. Provide an annual written report that summarizes the evaluation.
  • Develop and implement a communications and outreach strategy to build awareness about Writers in Schools, inspire new teachers to join the program and to gain recognition throughout DCPS and DCPCS schools and increase pool of volunteers from local WinS communities.
  • Manage and implement the Writers in Schools Volunteer Program. Lead training of volunteers in the WinS program and PEN/Faulkner mission. Coordinate with volunteers to assist with escorting authors and collection of evaluations associated with the WinS program.
  • Review lesson plans developed through partnership programs. Prepare descriptions of those plans on WinS page.
  • Manage, coordination, logistics of local and visiting author participation in WinS.

General Office Duties

  • Collect invoices and provide to accounting.
  • Collect waivers and invoices from authors.
  • Track payments to authors and WinS vendors.
  • Other duties as needed.

Web

  • Maintain penfaulkner.org website. Develop content and prepare updates on features.
  • Manage the wins.penfaulkner.org website platform.
  • Update website features on Events, Programs, and Awards and WinS related stories.
  • Assist with Newsletter features of upcoming programming.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to applications@penfaulkner.org with the subject line “Writers in Schools Director.”

 

PEN/Faulkner Award Intern

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation seeks an intern to assist with the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award submission process. The intern will assist in logistical coordination of the submission process, as well as conduct research into American fiction published during 2017. Additionally, the intern will help draft marketing and communication materials to promote PEN/Faulkner’s upcoming public events, and assist with various administrative tasks.

The internship will begin in late-July and run through December, however, if an intern is interested in extending his/her internship into the spring semester, this can be coordinated. We expect a commitment of 10-15 hours per week, though the intern will have the flexibility to design his or her own schedule.

The Awards intern will:

  • Conduct research on contemporary authors & texts
  • Communicate with publicists & awards coordinators at publishing houses
  • Help track submissions
  • Draft marketing materials for the PEN/Faulkner Celebration, The Eudora Welty Lecture, The PEN/Malamud Award, and the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony.
  • Perform various office administrative tasks, as needed.

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Board of Directors to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books as finalists for the award, making ours the largest peer-juried award in the country. The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is adjudicated free of commercial considerations.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Darlene Taylor (applications@penfaulkner.org) with the subject line “Awards Internship.”



DC – 2017 PEN/Faulkner Summer Supper & Book Club – DEADLINE EXTENDED

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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Our DEADLINE for applications is now Friday, June 9th, 2017! Please complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9th, 2017!.

Summer is almost here, and while the school year is coming to a close (!), our Writers in Schools programming is not! Join us for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club and spend your summer reading great books, eating pizza and having invigorating conversations with local DC authors.

What is the Summer Supper & Book Club? 

The 2017 Summer Supper & Book Club, an initiative of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program, will provide students with free copies of contemporary literature and the opportunity to meet and discuss those books with the authors who wrote them. The program will also provide an informal dinner and supplementary materials to participating students. Students familiar with our Writers in Schools Program will notice many similarities (and a few pleasant surprises) between our Summer Supper & Book Club and Writers in Schools Programming.

When:

Sessions start Monday, June 19, 2017 and run every Monday evening from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. (6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31) through Monday, July 31, 2017.

Where:

The Summer Supper & Book Club will meet
at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital in Eastern Market
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE  |  Washington, DC 20003
Accessible by Metro, just 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market station and Pennsylvania Ave. Bus lines.
{Click here for Map}

Apply Here:

Interested students must complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9th, 2017.

Note: Students must be in the class of 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021

Questions? Email PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools Program Director Greg Langen: glangen@penfaulkner.org

The program is entirely FREE.



DC – 2016 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club – DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Our DEADLINE has been extended. Please complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — by 5 p.m. on Wednesday June 15, 2016.

Summer is almost here (I know!), and while the school year is coming to a close, our Writers in Schools programming is not! Join us for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club and spend your summer reading great books, eating pizza and having invigorating conversations with local DC authors.

What is the Summer Supper & Book Club? 

The 2016 Summer Supper & Book Club, an initiative of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program, will provide students with free copies of contemporary literature and the opportunity to meet and discuss those books with the authors who wrote them. The program will also provide an informal dinner and supplementary materials to participating students. Students familiar with our Writers in Schools Program will notice many similarities (and a few pleasant surprises) between our Summer Supper & Book Club and Writers in Schools Programming.

When:

Sessions start Tuesday, June 21, 2016 and run every Tuesday evening from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. (6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2) through August 2, 2016.

Where:

The Summer Supper & Book Club will meet
at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital in Eastern Market
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE  |  Washington, DC 20003
Accessible by Metro, just 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market station and Pennsylvania Ave. Bus lines.
{Click here for Map}

Apply Here:

Interested students must complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — by 5 p.m. on Wednesday June 15, 2016.

Note: Students must be in the class of 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020

Questions? Email PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools Program Coordinator Greg Langen: glangen@penfaulkner.org

The program is entirely FREE.

 



We’re Looking for a Teen Parent Book Club Discussion Leader!

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Teen Parent Book Club Discussion Leader

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is currently seeking discussion leaders for their Teen Parent Book Club program. Discussion leaders will lead group discussions of contemporary novels, short stories, memoirs, and poetry with groups of participating teen parents at local high schools. Discussion leaders will then host local authors of those works to meet with students and engage in discussions about literature and the writing life.

The program meets bi-weekly for hour-long sessions at lunchtime in on-site drop-in centers for teen parents and will run throughout the 2015-2016 school year. PEN/Faulkner is asking for a total time commitment of 5 hours/month. Volunteers will:

  • Lead bi-weekly book club discussions at one of five DC Public High Schools
  • Coordinate book club selections in consultation with participating students
  • Design discussion activities for each book club meeting
  • Engage contemporary authors in discussions of their work

Interested volunteers should have:

  • Classroom experience, preferably working with non-traditional students
  • Interest in contemporary fiction, poetry or literary non-fiction
  • A desire to engage diverse audiences in discussions about literature
  • Patience
  • Intellectual flexibility
  • Daytime availability during the week

*Candidates fluent in Spanish should make a note of this in their cover letter. However, Spanish fluency is not a requirement for this position.

If you are interested, please send a résumé́ and a brief cover letter (no more than 1 page) explaining your interest to Writers in Schools Program Coordinator Greg Langen (applications@penfaulkner.org), by Friday, January 22nd, 2016.



BALTIMORE – 2015 Summer Supper & Book Club

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Summer is almost here, Baltimore, and while the school year is coming to a close, our Writers in Schools programming is not! Join us for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club and spend your summer reading great books, eating great food and having intriguing conversations with local authors in the Baltimore area.

What is the Summer Supper & Book Club? 

The 2015 Summer Supper & Book Club, an initiative of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program, will provide students with free copies of contemporary literature and the opportunity to meet and discuss those books with the authors who wrote them. The program will also provide an informal dinner and supplementary materials to participating students. Students familiar with our Writers in Schools Program will notice many similarities (and a few pleasant surprises) between our Summer Supper & Book Club and our Writers in Schools Programming.

When:

Sessions start Tuesday, June 23, 2015 and run every Tuesday evening from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. (6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4) through August 4, 2015.

Where:

The Summer Supper & Book Club will meet
at Litmore, Baltimore’s Center for Literary Arts
3326 Keswick Road  |  Baltimore, MD 21211

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Apply Here:

Interested Baltimore City Public and Public Charter School students must complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — deadline extended to 5 p.m. on Friday May 29, 2015.

Note: Students must be in the class of 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019

Questions? Email Nate Brown: nbrown@penfaulkner.org

The program is entirely FREE

Not living in Baltimore? We have a DC Summer Program too! 

Find more information here.