Job Opportunities

 

Seeking Instructors for the 2019/2020 AWCS Homeschool Program

We are currently seeking instructors to teach age-appropriate lessons in Social Studies and English Language Arts with a focus on writing. In the past, we have had courses on history, poetry, fairy tales, story and novel writing, beginning and intermediate writing, essays and non-fiction, comics, and more. Instructors are welcome to design their own program for grades 1-3, 4-6, 1-6, 7-12, all grades, or another grade range. Classes run on Mondays in the morning (10:30-12) and afternoon (1:00-2:30) in three semesters – Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each semester consists of eight, 1.5 hour classes. As an instructor you are not obligated to do all three semesters, nor do you have to do a morning and afternoon class, though that option is open to you.

Instructors must:

  • Be great with all kids and be able to work with students who have learning difficulties and other developmental issues.
  • Have a current police record check.
  • Bring the program to each individual student’s level – instead of expecting the student to meet the level of the program.
  • Be reliable with great communication skills and a positive attitude.

If you are interested in teaching for us, please contact the AWCS Youth Program Director, Kim Firmston, at kfirmston@alexandrawriters.org with your CV and a brief introductory e-mail.

 

Workshop & Course Teaching Opportunities

We are not currently seeking Workshop or Course pitches.

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre is fortunate to employ a wide variety of instructors from the Calgary writing community and from among Canadian writers more broadly. Instructors develop workshops and courses based on their areas of expertise, whether as authors, editors, teachers, or in another related area.

From the basics of finding inspiration and putting pen to paper, to specific tools and techniques, we’re always looking for new angles and new workshop ideas. If you are a published author, professional editor, or have teaching experience, we’re interested in hearing your pitch for a class you’d like to teach.

Please note that scheduling preference will be given to current instructors.

How To Pitch A Workshop

Pitches need a hook! We’re looking for workshops that don’t cover the same old ground–or that cover it in a new, interesting way. Take a look at our Courses And Workshops. Is there a gap that catches your eye? A place where your area of interest would fit right in? Originality matters!

Your workshop’s title and blurb should work together to pique participants’ curiosity and excitement. To write your blurb, consider whether your workshop is geared to a broad audience that crosses genres, or if you’re tapping into a specific niche. How does your workshop provide participants with specific skills or techniques? What will participants walk out remembering, and excited to apply in their own writing? What exercises or teaching strategies might participants expect from you?

Secondly, we want to know that you have experience in the area covered by your workshop. What aspects of your own writing or editing practice can you bring to the participants? How does your experience translate to helping participants meet challenges in their own practices? Use your application to highlight your qualifications.

 

How To Apply

Your application should include the following:

  • A cover letter detailing your professional writing and/or editing experience (e.g. major publications, awards, education), and past teaching experience, if any. (Teaching experience is not required, but is advantageous.)
  • A CV listing publications and/or work in writing-related fields.
  • 2-4 workshop pitches. Each pitch should include the workshop title, a short blurb (~100 words), and a description (~100 words) of how you will teach this course in a three to five hour timeslot.
  • Your availability.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

To submit applications, or for further information, please contact Ali Bryan at abryan@alexandrawriters.org or Robin van Eck at rvaneck@alexandrawriters.org