Summer Instructors


Summer Writing Program Instructors – CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS (Application Deadline was February 15, 2020.)

Posted: January 15, 2020

About the Summer Writing Programs:
PEN/Faulkner’s Summer Writing Programs bring summer literacy activities to students around the District of Columbia. 

Our teen program, AMPLIFIED,  is a nine-day intensive creative writing program for high school students entering 9th-12th grades and recent high school graduates. Under the guidance of instructors, young writers participate in a variety of activities, workshops, field trips, and craft discussions in a supportive atmosphere that values risk taking as an important part of the writing process.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop, plan, and co-lead writing activities that are generative and that also focus on elements of craft and revision/editing.
  • Develop, plan, and co-lead activities and field trips based on the broad theme for that summer’s program.
  • Supervise both large and small groups of students and be prepared to provide conflict resolution and to manage sticky situations.
  • Serve as a point of support for participants’ concerns, questions, and needs, whether writing-related or otherwise. 
  • Chaperone writing-related field trips around Washington, DC. 
  • Assist with organizing a culminating event/project. 
  • Attend daily meetings. 
  • Assist with program data collection and evaluation.
  • Adhere to PEN/Faulkner policies regarding positive youth development, creative risk taking and failure, and developing an inclusive community. 
  • Be able to work with students from diverse backgrounds, including low-income students, non-native English speakers, students of color, and LGBTQ students. 
  • Adhere to a strict privacy policy regarding student self-disclosures, unless it requires Mandated Reporting. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Prior teaching experience with high school or middle school students required. 
  • Experience teaching in multiple genres or within an arts-based curriculum is strongly preferred. 
  • Completion of a 4-year college degree, in any field, or current enrollment at the undergraduate or graduate level. 
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team.
  • High level of proficiency with the GSuite platform (Gmail, GDocs, Gcal).
  • A willingness to pitch in on all assignments. 
  • A willingness to take risks, accept feedback, and grow. 
  • Comfort with traveling around Washington, DC for programming field trips. This may include travel by Metro train, Metro bus, walking, or rideshare.
  • All final candidates will be run through the National Sex Offender Registry.

Terms of Employment:
This is a part-time temporary contract positions with no benefits. Pay is $18/hour. Instructors will be paid for a total of 79 hours, as follows: 45 hours instructional time; 18 hours prep/planning; and 16 hours training/planning.

Dates & Location:
Pre-programming dates are June 24-25. Programming dates are June 29-July 10, with no programming on July 3. Instructors are expected to report on all dates to PEN/Faulkner’s offices in Washington, DC.

Housing, Travel, and Meals:
There is a $50 travel stipend and a $50 meal stipend, both paid at the end of programming.  Travel for field trips is provided by PEN/Faulkner. We do not provide housing for instructors.

Who Should Apply:
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about working with young people and who are passionate about writing and craft.  

Recognizing the institutional and systemic barriers to receiving an advanced degree in the arts, PEN/Faulkner strives to receive applications and to hire from both traditional pathways into a writing career (i.e. the MFA) and non-traditional pathways. We also believe that by providing instructors from a variety of backgrounds and pathways into the field, young writers will recognize that there is more than one way to pursue a career in the arts. 

We value individuals of diverse talents, backgrounds, and experiences. If hired, candidates should be prepared to work collaboratively in a close-knit team environment under the direction of the Camp Director; to provide a safe, inclusive, welcoming atmosphere for all young participants and guest writers; and to encourage risk-taking throughout the creative process in a non-competitive environment. 

To Apply:

Submit a current resume and cover letter to Please put “Summer Writing Instructor” in the subject line. In your cover letter, include your prior experience working with young people and 3-5 ideas for writing/creative activities (individual or collaborative) to help participants generate work. Ideas can be shared in bullet point format and do not have to be more than four sentences in length.

The application deadline is February 15, 2020.