PEN/Faulkner is seeking a dynamic and engaging writer to join our Education Programs team for a 9-month term from September 2022 through early June 2023.
The Lisa Page Writing Workshop Fellow primarily (a) teaches in-person writing workshops in DC public school classrooms and (b) coordinates the scheduling and logistics of workshops with educators. The Fellow works in close collaboration with PEN/Faulkner’s Education Programs team and will receive direct professional experience in arts education and arts administration.
Recent writing workshops include: the power of Black art, an ekphrastic writing workshop; op-ed writing; exploring the power of narrative point of view; epistolary writing; and embodying historical figures to enliven a moment in time. Workshops are aligned to district curriculum objectives and many have a strong social justice component. PEN/Faulkner provides existing workshop curricula that the Fellow can modify or adapt in consultation with the Director of Education Programs. The Fellow is also encouraged to develop, with approval, new writing workshop offerings.
- Lead at minimum 42 writing workshops in DC public and charter schools, with an emphasis on working with low-income populations and students who primarily identify as Black or Latinx. This requires independent travel to/from school locations across Washington, DC.
- Coordinate scheduling logistics with educators, ensuring that workshops happen during the school day.
- Input post-programming student surveys.
- Participate in the Black Lives Matter Weeks of Action in DC Schools by leading workshops centering Black joy and creativity.
- Participate in biweekly, 30-minute check-in meetings with the Director of Education Programs.
- As interested, recommend and develop new curriculum-aligned and culturally relevant writing workshops using contemporary texts and reference points. (No DWM writers, please!)
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Have an established creative practice and ability to deliver skills-based creative writing lessons to youth.
- Possess a willingness and excitement to work with young people ranging from grades 3-12. In the current school year, most of our writing workshop requests were from middle and elementary schools.
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently to the highest standards while representing PEN/Faulkner with multiple constituents.
- Demonstrate excellent organization skills and the superb attention to detail that is required to coordinate program logistics.
- Have experience working with youth and/or other community work, preferably with Black, Latinx, immigrant, and/or low-income populations.
- Able to travel to schools in neighborhoods throughout Washington, DC for school-based, in-person programming.
- Embrace creative risk-taking and “failure” throughout the creative process.
- Demonstrated flexibility to accommodate changing educator/school needs, occasionally on short notice.
- High level of proficiency with the GSuite platform (Gmail, GDocs, GCal, etc.).
- Can commit to a nine-month contract from September 2022 through June 2023. Work schedule varies depending on when the Fellow schedules workshops, but all programming must be scheduled during school hours, roughly between 8:30am – 4pm. There are no weekend or after-school commitments. Program administration can occur remotely on a non-traditional schedule, but does require access to reliable wifi and technology with audio and video capabilities.
Candidates are required to pass a state-mandated background check and a drug/alcohol test, as required by our partner schools, and must be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and updated boosters prior to beginning work and entering schools.
During the nine months, the Fellow receives:
- An opportunity to help young people across multiple grade levels develop writing skills and a love for literature.
- Direct experience with program administration (managing workshop calendar, communication with partners, and data collection) at a renowned literary nonprofit.
- A supportive environment in which to learn and grow.
- Free tickets to PEN/Faulkner’s Literary Conversations, PEN/Malamud Award ceremony, and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction ceremony
- $8,500, paid in four installments
How to apply:
Submit a resume demonstrating your experience with young people/community populations; a brief statement on your approach to working with youth; your anticipated availability Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4pm beginning in September 2022; and contact information for three references to [email protected]. Put “Writing Workshops Fellow” in the subject line. We will only contact references for final candidates. Top candidates will be required to give a creative writing lesson demonstration via Zoom.
Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2022 at midnight EST. Interviews will be conducted in late-June and July.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities. The Lisa Page Writing Workshop Fellow is named in honor of Lisa Page, a writer, instructor, and academic. Her writing workshops include college students, graduate students, high school students, and incarcerated men. She is co-editor of We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America. She was a member of the PEN/Faulkner Board of Directors for over twenty years.
PEN/Faulkner is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages persons of color; females; LGBTQIA persons; and persons with disabilities to apply to available positions.