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What is it like to work at Writopia Lab?
Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007. Our mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing. We do this by providing young writers an authentic writing workshop experience, guided by professional authors and playwrights who have been fully trained in our time-tested methodology. The results speak for themselves.
If you are excited by the idea of joining a community of writers who are eager to share their love of the craft with the next generation, please click any of the job openings below to apply for a position at Writopia Lab!
- Jobs with Writopia
- College Internships
- High School Internships
- Summer Half-Day Internship: 9 AM - 12:45 PM
- Summer Full-Day Internship: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
- School-year Internship: Varies
- Be at least 15 years old at the start of their internship
- Have taken at least one Writopia summer or trimester-long workshop
- Commit to at least 2 week-long summer workshops or a semester-long weekly workshop
- Summer Applications Due: April 15th, 2018
- School-year Applications: Accepted on a rolling basis
- Email the following items to the branch manager in your area:
- Your name and birthday
- A list of the weeks you are available to work. Applications that do not include at least two weeks of availability will not be considered.
- Whether you are interested in a half-day or full-day internship
- 250 - 300 words explaining why you love the idea of helping young kids write short stories.
- A list of all Writopia workshop(s) that you have attended. Include the approximate dates and type of each workshop
- A brief description of related experience (not required).
- Manhattan & Brooklyn (Online!) High School Intern Application
- Westchester and Fairfield: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Jersey: email@example.com
- Long Island: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Washington, DC: email@example.com
- Los Angeles: firstname.lastname@example.org
- What kind of people does Writopia hire?
- Our instructors are all published authors or produced playwrights. Just as important, they are individuals who are excited to be working with children and teens. We think of our teachers as half camp counselor (fun and funny, warm and engaging) and half savvy editor/teacher (astute, insightful, serious, open, sensitive). In short, we look for people for whom writing plays a central role in their life, and who are naturally filled with enthusiasm, kindness, and insight.
- I’m not yet published— can I still teach?
- We hire assistant instructors who are currently in MFA programs or are working on their path to publication. Many of these assistants grow into full instructors as their writing career grows!
- How many hours do instructors work?
- During the school year, instructors teach anywhere from 3 to 30 hours per week; during the summer and school breaks, hours range from 15 to 30 hours per week.
- What is the training process like?
- Once hired, instructors go through an extensive training process which involves shadowing head workshop instructors, learning our instructor handbook, and meeting with core staff for one-on-one in-depth training discussions. Additionally, all our instructors receive regular professional development throughout the Writopia trimester.
- Can I work with a specific age-group, or will I be working with all children, ages 6-18?
- Though some instructors work with many different ages, other instructors feel they work best with a specific age-group. We will always match instructors with workshops that are the best fit for them.
- How long do instructors commit for?
- In the school-year, instructors are expected to commit for the fall, winter, and spring trimesters. Since nearly all of our writers continue from trimester to trimester, and since they become deeply connected to their instructors, this promotes community and productivity. In the summer, when workshops are week-long, instructors commit to working between 6 and 11 weeks over the summer.
- Does Writopia respond to all applicants?
- Unfortunately, due to the number of applicants, we cannot respond to applicants who we will not be interviewing.
Jobs with Writopia
Applicants for instructor positions should be published authors and/or produced playwrights.
Write to Recognition
We are in need of volunteers who find it easy to be supportive and enthusiastic about young writers' work and who can learn to be thoughtful mentors and guides. We prefer applicants on track for a degree in English or Education, or from those who have already completed this degree.
In addition, we are in need of volunteers for our Write to Recognition program. These volunteers should have experience in Regents and standardized test prep, high school equivalency tests, resume building, and admissions essays, and feel confident working with our oldest teens who are transitioning out of foster care or treatment facilities for incarcerated youth.
Joy and Literacy in Afterschool Program
Writopia Lab is seeking supportive and enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for creative writing to serve as mentors for our inaugural Joy and Literacy in Afterschool program (JLA). The JLA, a collaboration between Writopia Lab and the Pinkerton Foundation, is designed to share Writopia’s unique, effective, and joyous creative writing workshop methods with afterschool programs serving students from low-income backgrounds throughout Manhattan. The program offers volunteers a chance to learn the Writopia method and enrich their teaching experience by working side-by-side with Writopia Instructors and afterschool staff in various programs throughout the city.
Send us and email us to inquire about other volunteer opportunities.
Writopia looks for interns who are supportive, enthusiastic, and willing to learn how to be thoughtful editors and guides for young writers. Applicants should have a strong background in English, Literature, Creative Writing, or Education. Completed degrees are NOT required.
High School Summer Internships
About the High School Internship ProgramInternships are available for high school students
High School interns serve as role models and provide workshop, editorial, and moral support to our 6 to 9 year-old writers. High school interns assist a full-time instructors with our workshops providing typing and story-development support.
How to Apply