Uptown Stories, a federally approved non-profit creative writing program in Washington Heights, is hiring rock-star writing teachers to develop and lead new after school workshops. We are looking for teachers who write terrific curriculum, who are dynamic and engaging in the classroom, who are self-reliant and responsible, who can differentiate instruction for different ages and different abilities, who enjoy teaching kids within the age range of 8-18 years, and who, most of all, feel passionate about the craft and the art of writing.
We want our teachers to follow their passions, and we’re open to any genre or form — if you have a great idea, tell us about it. All classes should be structured primarily as workshops, where the students read and discuss each other’s writing, creating a community of young authors. Workshops meet on a ten-week cycle, with nine two-hour-long classes followed by a celebratory reading for friends and family. To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, families pay tuition at a self-determined rate.
Teachers are expected to help set up and break down the classroom space, to email weekly writing assignments to families and post them on the website, and to be available by email during the week for questions from students. Uptown Stories will handle enrollment, billing, space rental, and provide materials and snacks.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring semester, workshops meet (in person or via Zoom) for two hours, once a week, for ten weeks (20 hours). For the Summer semester, workshops meet Monday-Friday for 2 weeks, at 10:00AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM-3:00PM (20 hours).
Applicants must have professional experience teaching children within the age range of 8-18, and be practicing writers or artists in their field.