The Creative Writing Instructor will be responsible for teaching (virtually and/or in person) two upperclass Creative Writing elective sections of approx 20 students each for the Spring 2021 Semester.
Schedule: This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefited position for the 2021 Spring Semester . Our schedule rotates so these sections will meet in both the morning and afternoon.
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.
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
About Sonoma Academy
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.
Perks of working at SA include Comprehensive benefits package, including 100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees with several plan options to meet individuals’ specific needs.
Generous retirement plan contribution of 7% of annual income.
Commitment to professional development, including generously- funded training opportunities and a dedicated “exploratory fund” of $450 annually for learning opportunities unrelated to work.
Healthy and nutritious lunch service offered at no cost to employees during the school year (when on campus and our kitchen operational).
A professional work environment defined by teamwork, collegiality, trust, agility, and altruism.