Writers in the Schools

TEACHING FOR WITS (Writers in the Schools)

WITS hires professional writers with teaching backgrounds to lead creative writing residencies for public high school students. We are committed to building a roster of teaching artists that reflects the diversity of our schools. This is a seasonal contractor position, and residencies take place during the school day. WITS provides a mandatory orientation prior to placement, as well as ongoing paid professional development opportunities. Traditional residencies are the equivalent of 15 in-class teaching hours and are compensated at a flat rate of $1885 each. Express residencies are the equivalent of 7 in-class teaching hours and are compensated at a flat rate of $942.50 each. 

For the last two years, WITS has been operating on a reduced capacity, but in the 22-23 school year, WITS is returning to a full 42 residencies for the year. This should provide more opportunities for residency placements for writers.

All school district contractors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. WITS classes are taught in person. 

Please complete this application by July 4th, 2022. 

Questions? Email Olivia Jones-Hall at olivia@literary-arts.org.

Writers interested in teaching for WITS for the 2022-23 school year should fill out the application: https://forms.gle/sc6vWqnUkQaY5dbz7

The application requires the following items:

  1. Cover Letter – Please indicate whether you are applying for the WITS Writer or WITS Apprentice position
  2. Resume or CV with publication and teaching experience
  3. A creative writing sample or video link of your work (appropriate for high school students)
  4. Sample creative writing lesson for a one hour or 1.5 hour class or unit plan (appropriate for high school students)
  5. Name and contact info for two references
  6. Your schedule/availability for the 2022-23 school year

Applications for the 2022-23 school year will only be accepted from June 1st– June 26th, 2022.


Contact Information

Olivia Jones-Hall
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