Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 to 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.
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