GWU Writer-in-Residence

25 November 2006

George Washington University. 2007-2008 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington (Poetry): for appointment beginning in the fall of 2007, we seek a poet to teach two semesters at The George Washington University as the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington. The successful candidate will teach a small poetry-writing workshop each semester for members of the metropolitan Washington community. No tuition is charged for
these workshops, which are not open to University students. We want to transmit to writers wwho may have had little formal education, or are seniors, or live in the inner city, or are too poor to pay tuition­who for any reason may have had no opportunity to participaate in workshops­the vitality that comes from contact with a professional writer & a group of other “apprentice” writers.

The successful candidate will also teach two classes, one each semester, for students at The George Washington University. Normally, both are creative writing workshops, but one may be a lecture and/or discussion course. Finalists for the position will be asked to propose possible courses. This position is funded by an endowment from the Jenny McKean Moore Fund for Writers. The late Jenny McKean Moore, who had been a playwriting student at The George Washington University, left in trust a fund to encourage creative writing, & the trustees of the Fund helped design the program.

The position is intended to serve as a fellowship for the visiting writer, since it involves only a moderate teaching load, & the program’s location at a university in the center of Washington should offer additional attractions for the writer.

The fiction writer Tayari Jones has been selected for 2006-2007. The writer must have significant publications (poetry published by a well regarded press) & a ddemonstrated commitment to teaching. Like students in the community workshops, the writer need not have conventional academic credentials. He or she should reside in the Washington area while the University is in session, late August through early May. The historic Lenthall House, a four-story Federal-era townhouse on campus, is available to the visiting writer through a subsidized rental agreement. Attractive benefits package. To be considered,
applications for the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Washington position must be made by letter, indicating publications & other projects, extent of teaching experience, & other qualifications. The application must also include c.v. & a selection of published poetry.

Applicants are encouraged to send a book as their sample. Books will be returned if accompanied by an appropriate SASE. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of all applications will begin on November 15, & continues until the position is filled.
Applications should be sent to: Professor Jeffrey J. Cohen, Chair, Dept. of English, 801 22nd St., NW (Ste. 760). The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052. EOE. AA.

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