DSC_0064WITS is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on any grounds protected under federal, state or local law, including race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or disability.

Teaching Positions

WITS Writer +

WITS is looking for writers and educators who can teach the joy of creative writing to young people. Employment is part-time, typically a half-day of teaching one day a week from September–May. A yearlong commitment is required. The pay is $60 per teaching hour. In addition to teaching, the job duties include preparing lessons, responding to student work, and compiling anthologies of student writing at the end of the school year. We look for writers with teaching or mentoring experience who can convey their passion for the written word in ways that are relevant for Houston area children. In particular, we are seeking bilingual writers, but others are encouraged to apply as well.

We accept applications year round, and we anticipate a new round of hiring in spring 2017 for our summer camps.
To apply, please complete our application.  In addition to the application, we require a cover letter, résumé with 3 references, and a 10-page writing sample. You may upload these documents via the application, email them to us at mail@witshouston.org, or mail them to WITS: 1523 W Main Street, Houston, TX, 77006.
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Internships

Summer Camp Teaching Assistants +

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is looking for interns to serve as summer camp teaching assistants. Interns will work in a variety of areas, gaining experience in creative writing instruction, early childhood education, nonprofit administration, and arts education.

Each summer, Writers in the Schools and the School Literacy and Culture Project at Rice University sponsor Creative Writing Camp (CWC). More than 1,300 children in grades K-12 participate in CWC where they write stories, poetry, essays, and plays in a fun and supportive environment.

The internships (part-time, unpaid) will begin June 1, 2017.

Internship duties include:

  • Assisting in creative writing classrooms
  • Designing and delivering lessons
  • Offering feedback to students on their writing
  • Assisting younger children with dictation
  • Working with small groups of students who need extra or advanced assistance
  • Assisting in setting up arts/crafts projects
  • Assisting in anthology preparation
  • Observing best practices surrounding classroom teaching

Benefits for interns:

  • Interns will gain work experience and classroom experience
  • Interns will gain experience in nonprofit administration
  • Internship will serve as a networking opportunity for interns to meet colleagues in creative writing, education, literary arts, and nonprofit fields
  • Interns will build their résumés
  • Upon successful completion of an internship with CWC, WITS will serve as a reference and will provide letters of recommendation

To apply please complete the online application.
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Internships

WITS Digital Wired Words Internship +

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is recruiting a WITS Digital Wired Words Intern. This full-time internship will provide one intern with the opportunity to join the WITS Program Team in developing an innovative educational initiative that combines creative writing with digital and game-based technologies. The intern will help to advance and expand the WITS Digital program while assisting at WITS Digital camps throughout the summer. S/he will also have the opportunity to create an arc of game-based creative writing lessons as well as writing-inspired video games that will together demonstrate the value of digital literacy in the writing classroom.

The WITS Digital Wired Words Internship is open to all interested candidates who are currently undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university full-time and who will be returning to school full-time in the fall of 2017 as undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

This internship (paid, full-time) will begin June 1, 2017, and end July 28, 2017.

Internship Description/Duties Include:

  • Creating and developing lessons that use technology to invigorate the writing process and promote 21st century skills
  • Researching digital platforms that unite reading and writing with STEM skills
  • Assisting with creative writing instruction and working with professional teachers and writers
  • Offering suggestions on how WITS can utilize technology to best serve students, teachers, and community members
  • Capturing camp accomplishments through photographs and video

Benefits for Interns

  • Interns will gain work experience and teaching experience
  • Interns will gain experience in nonprofit administration
  • Internship will serve as a networking opportunity for interns to meet colleagues in Education, Technology, and Creative Writing fields
  • Interns will build their résumés
  • Upon successful completion of the internship, WITS will serve as a reference and will provide letters of recommendation Application deadline: April 15, 2017

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