Fine Arts Center

Instructor of Creative Writing

Job Description: Instructor of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC.

The Fine Arts Center is a public high school for the literary, performing and visual arts. Gifted and talented students are selected to attend by a process of application, teacher recommendation, transcript, and audition/portfolio review. Highly motivated students are placed into classes with an average of twelve to fifteen students. Creative Writing students attend class for two hours a day, in morning or afternoon periods, five days a week during a 190-day school year. The students edit, design and publish the internationally recognized online journal Crashtest ( ), manage the Momentum Guest Artist Series featuring poets like Geoffrey Davis and Danez Smith, among others, and run the student-led Impact Reading Series. The Fine Arts Center has a forty-eight year history of pre-professional training in creative writing, photography, ceramics, metals, drawing, painting, printmaking, theatre, dance, voice, jazz guitar, percussion, music theory/history, brass and woodwinds, film, and has recently added courses in sound engineering, 2-D and 3-D design, architecture and theatre design and production.


  • MFA or MA in Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction)
  • ongoing record of publication in nationally recognized and independently edited journals and presses
  • previous teaching experience at the high school level or above
  • ability to instruct in the three major genres: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction
  • optional, but preferred: experience in publication as an editor, genre editor, managing editor or reader

Major Responsibilities:

  • teaching gifted and talented students (two classes per day) in a well-established creative writing program with a dynamic and varied curriculum that includes a significant workshop component and requires timely grading and response
  • preparing student work for submission to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, YoungArts; the Princeton Young Poets Award, and others over the course of the year
  • preparing students for post-secondary study in creative writing
  • curating the student lending library with examples of contemporaneous literature and current issues of nationally recognized magazines
  • curriculum development in conjunction with creative writing colleagues in the Fine Arts Center; curriculum input/advising for the creative writing gifted and talented program at the elementary and middle school level (A.R.M.E.S.)
  • audition proctoring, oversight and admission decisions

An Instructor of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center should be able to provide solid instruction in writing craft techniques, literary history (with special emphasis on late 20th century and 21st century writing), revision and editing techniques, publishing and post-secondary education and job placement counseling. Teaching certificate is not required. See application page at Greenville County Schools ( or contact for more information.


Contact Information

Sarah Blackman, Director of Creative Writing
Creative Writing
102 Pine Knoll Dr
Contact Phone: 
(864) 355-2557