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Penn State University is Seeking an Emerging Writer in Residence

Penn State University Writing Residency

Pennsylvania State University‘s Altoona Campus English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in poetry and playwriting/screenwriting. The program is targeted at early career writers, preferably without a published book.

The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2016 semester (22 August to 16 December).

The resident writer will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses and work informally with English major students. The hiring committee is looking for a writer with a history of publication in poetry and staged readings/performances (and/or publications) in playwriting or screenwriting. The successful candidate typically lives in the Altoona area during the residency; benefits and housing are not included.

A Master’s degree in Creative Writing or English is required; an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing is preferred. Teaching experience is also preferred. Review of applications will begin on 1 April 1 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Penn State’s Altoona Campus is located in Logan Township, Pennsylvania, USA, approximately two hours drive from Pittsburgh. While the campus’s English program is relatively new, it has already had a number of students go on to graduate studies in creative writing, and to publish their prose and poetry in books and magazines. The program also runs its own literary arts magazine, Hard Freight, and hosts a number of high-profile visiting writers each year.

For further information about this position and to apply visit Penn State University’s jobs website.

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  1. Heavenly Reader
    11 November 2015 / 9:00 am

    Without any housing or benefits, that is a pretty poor package UNLESS you already live in the Pittsburgh area. You’d eat that $10K with the housing and well, eating, alone…

  2. Pokk
    18 January 2016 / 4:54 am

    ….Meanwhile university chancellors make over million a year

  3. 24 February 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Wow. Why not make it a volunteer position and at least let the winner save face.

  4. Jawaid manzoor
    26 February 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Do not look at it as money alone, but an academic opportunity with a ranked university. For an aspiring Phd., or one in the middle, this could also help you to gain access to the faculty and gain guidance eventually helping you reach your prestigious goal. Other, you can rent a studio or share apt. with another graduate student. Many will/should look at it this way…..

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