Cornell College

Distinguished Visiting Writer in YA Fiction

The Cornell College Center for the Literary Arts seeks a Distinguished Visiting Writer to teach a topics-based course in Young Adult Fiction. Course topics related to fantasy or science fiction are especially welcome. The visiting writer will teach one three-and-a-half-week term in the academic year 2019–20; exact term schedule will be negotiated. Start date listed is arbitrary. (Cornell College is a private liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, near the UNESCO City of Literature, Iowa City; please see the college website for more information about its unique academic calendar under which faculty teach and students enroll in one course at a time in three-and-a-half-week-long terms:

During the teaching term, the visiting writer will also give a public reading at the Center for the Literary Arts. The stipend is $5,000, and on-campus housing can be provided. Past Distinguished Visiting Writers have included Angie Estes, Ross Gay, Michael Martone and Mylne Dressler. Descriptions of previous Distinguished Visiting Writer courses can be found at…/…/index.shtml. Please contact Professor Kirilka Stavreva at for additional information, including sample syllabi.

To apply, upload as a single pdf a letter of application with a detailed course description and discussion of teaching experience, your curriculum vitae with two references, and a short relevant work sample to by January 4, 2019. Previous teaching experience and graduate degree required. The Department seeks individuals who are committed to building a creative, dynamic and diverse workplace that celebrates the uniqueness of our faculty, staff, and students.

Cornell College is an EO/AA employer and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's smoke free air act.

Contact Information

Kirilka Stavreva, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Literary Arts
English and Creative Writing
600 First Street SW
Cornell College
Mount Vernon
Contact Phone: 
(319) 895-4255