Creative Writing at The New School

WriteOn is a New School Fellowship program helping MFA candidates obtain hands-on, paid teaching experience while providing low-income New York City children with high-quality education opportunities.  

Who are the students?They are the young men of George Jackson Academy, the only need-blind private middle school serving talented boys from low-income families in New York City.  They are motivated fourth through eighth graders who are eager to discuss and write poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.! 

What do the Fellows teach?In pairs of two, Fellows develop a semester theme and teach weekly classes. They introduce literary role models and craft techniques to help unleash the poet, essayist or fiction writer within. Helping kids find their voice improves not only their ability to succeed in school, but their social and personal well-being as well. At the semester’s end, WriteOn Fellows host a reading celebrating the boys and their families at The New School. 

What do the Fellows learn?In a year-long pedagogy class, the Fellows will be introduced to best teaching practices, philosophies, and strategies to build an equalizing classroom. Fall and Spring Fellows workshop lesson plans together in a supportive environment. The pedagogy class is led by former WriteOn Fellows. 

Our Ideal Applicant: A passionate, engaging MFA student who thinks out-of-the-box. No teaching experience is required. Knowledge of contemporary, representative writers is, of course, a plus. Fellows must be available to teach Thursday afternoons. Fellows will be paid $4000 for the semester. They will be expected to attend all WriteOn-related events. There’ll also be opportunities for Fellows to gain experience in non-profit strategy, marketing, and fundraising.  

How to apply

1). Please write a 500-word statement of interest. You may highlight your past experience or interest in teaching. Be sure to mention texts you might use in class, what kind of co-teacher with whom you would best work, and what genres or concepts you would feel comfortable teaching (as well as those that might be a challenge!).

2). Also provide a sample lesson plan. Consider the age of the students, your target goal for the lesson, and which genre or piece of literature you would introduce in the lesson.

3). A resume including your concentration. 

All materials should be sent to writeon@newschool.edu. Applications are due Monday, March25.   

Two fellows will be picked for Fall 2019 and two more for Spring 2020.  

Come to our Information Panel on March 13th(4:00 PM)  in conjunction with Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

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