University of Minnesota

Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence Fellowship

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus) invites applications for the Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence Fellowship.  This fellowship is a two-year position for 2023-2025.

The successful applicant will be in residence on the Minneapolis campus for four semesters. While in residence, the Fellow will teach two creative writing courses (graduate and undergraduate) each academic year; will participate in creative writing events and committees, including admissions and graduate thesis committees; and will give a public reading of their work. This is a nine-month, academic year appointment serving two years (8/28/2023-5/26/2024 and 8/26/24-5/25/2025) with an annual salary of $50,000 and is eligible for benefits including health insurance.


Required qualifications:

  • Master's degree, MFA, or PhD in Creative Writing, English (PhD), or related field, with degree in hand by 8/27/2023
  • A minimum of one volume of work published by a national press in literary nonfiction (a book under contract is acceptable, provided the publication date is prior to the position start date)
  • College- or university-level teaching experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Evidence of potential for continued success as a published writer
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

About the Department

Housed in the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program boasts a highly selective three-year MFA program and a high-enrollment undergraduate introductory course. An undergraduate minor was added in 2017. The three-year MFA program has three primary tracks (poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction) culminating in a thesis manuscript, defense, and MFA essay. The graduate program accepts nine students per year, supporting all with teaching assistantships and offering the opportunity to work on the literary journal Great River Review.

Supported by the Edelstein-Keller Endowment, the Creative Writing Program brings prominent writers to campus each year for readings, manuscript conferences, and class visits.


Home to the arts, social sciences and humanities disciplines and programs, the College of Liberal Arts is the largest college in the University of Minnesota and comprises 31 academic departments, and over 20 interdisciplinary research centers and administrative/support units. CLA has over 1,300 faculty and staff spanning research, teaching, advising, outreach, and administrative functions. CLA units reside in over twenty buildings on the East Bank and West Bank of the Twin Cities campus. CLA enrolls nearly 13,000 undergraduate students, over 40% of the undergraduate enrollment on the Twin Cities campus, 1,400 graduate students, and has an annual all-funds budget of $290 million.

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At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Please provide the following required materials:

  1. A cover letter that addresses your teaching philosophy
  2. A CV
  3. A diversity statement
  4. 30 pages of literary nonfiction

The application deadline is Monday, April 3, 2023.

Selected applicants will be contacted for three letters of recommendation and for preliminary interviews via Zoom. They may also be asked to provide more written work for consideration.

Candidates will be evaluated according to the quality of their published work and work in progress; evidence of effective teaching; their potential contributions to service; demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and strength of recommendations.

If you have questions about the position please contact Peter Mason, Assistant Director (

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).



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Contact Information

Peter Mason, Assistant Director
University of Minnesota Creative Writing MFA Program
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