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Creative Writing Instructor Spring 2021 (Temporary, Part Time)

Academic | Santa Rosa, CA | Part Time

Job Description

Sonoma Academy Creative Writing Instructor, Spring Semester 2021

 Overview of School:

Sonoma Academy is an independent high school located in Santa Rosa, CA on a 34-acre campus, surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected open space, at the base of Taylor Mountain. Founded in 2001, it provides an engaging, challenging, and innovative college preparatory education and a supportive community for motivated learners from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino counties. The school currently serves 330 students in grades 9 through 12 and is increasing its enrollment each year. For more information on programs and philosophy, please visit our website: www.sonomaacademy.org.    

Mission:  Sonoma Academy calls its students to be creative, ethical, and committed to learning. The school nurtures inspiring teachers and engages with the surrounding community, and its students communicate across cultures as they prepare to become leaders in a dynamic world.     

 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Mission: We believe that learning occurs best in a connected community. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to an education in which all members of our community thrive. We are committed to cultivating a diverse community that is conscious and welcoming of difference, dedicated to investigating and advancing equity, and engages with our local and global community.   We are deeply committed to having a staff, faculty, and student body who reflect the rich diversity within the North Bay and we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. If you would like to join us in our work, we welcome your application!

Job Overview: 

The Creative Writing Instructor will be responsible for teaching two upperclass Creative Writing elective sections of approx 20 students each for the Spring 2021 Semester. Instruction will be remote (zoom) and/or in person depending on school reopening plans. Our schedule rotates so these sections will meet in both the morning and afternoon. This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefited position. 

The course description is as follows: 

Students, through their own creative explorations, develop both imaginative and analytical thinking skills. Writing, whether poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, is as much about problem solving as it is about measuring the depth of the human soul. The focus of this very challenging course is to first know more about how each form of writing works so the student may feel more confident in her/his own efforts. But another premise of the course is that adolescents have compelling stories to tell, and that the adult worlds in which they live and travel often provide them with few constructive outlets to share and be heard. In this course, students have that opportunity. They also produce a substantial manuscript in at least one of the disciplines treated in the course (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction).  Readings may include: The Art of Fiction, by John Gardner; Aspects of the Novel, by E.M. Forster; Rock Springs, by Richard Ford; Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri; Birds of America, by Lorrie Moore; The City in Which I Love You, by Li Young Li; Ariel, by Sylvia Plath; The Best American Poetry 2006, edited by Billy Collins; Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger; Bird by Bird, by Annie Lamott; An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard; Narrative Design, by Madison Smartt Bell.

Required Skills and Experiences:

  • BA in English, Creative Writing, or a related academic field

  • Minimum three years of experience teaching grades 9-12 (Humanities or English or Creative Writing) or equivalent experience in a related field

  • Passionate about teaching writing

  • Thinks creatively about pedagogy and assessment

  • Committed to working in a community of diverse students and learners; actively supports adolescent growth and well-being

  • Capacity to effectively facilitate discussions and debates with varied points of view

  • Practices cultural competency in all aspects of school life

  • Capable of teaching both remotely and in person

Desired Skills and Experiences:

  • Advanced degree (MFA) in Creative Writing 

  • History of publishing your own writing

  • Flexibility, resilience, good humor


To apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter that includes your teaching philosophy and your experience teaching in a remote or hybrid environment.