Call for Teaching Artists: The Witness Project

Nancy Cook
September 17, 2021

Call for Teaching Artists


The Witness Project is a program of community-based writing initiatives with a home-base on Minneapolis’s Northside. Our free generative workshops are designed for creative writers of all experience levels, from absolute beginners to advanced writers. Our community of writers is committed to inclusiveness and support. In 2022, Witness writers will be exploring different aspects of the theme re-visioning community. We are in search of guest teaching artists to facilitate workshops that address this theme, within a broad range of contexts.

If you are a literary artist/teaching artist who might be interested in this opportunity, please note the following details and follow the guidelines provided:

  1. Depending on cicumstances relating to the ongoing pandemic, this opportunity is to facilitate either a three-hour in-person generative creative writing workshop for up to 20 participating writers, or a two-hour workshp via Zoom followed two weeks later by 60-90 minute share-and-revise session. Every effort will be made to accommodate a teaching artist’s preference for in-person vs Zoom onsistent with safety protocols.
  2. Possible dates for the sessions are: January 8, February 5, March 5, and April 2. In the event of a Zoom workshop, the follow-up session will take place two weeks after the initial workshop.
  3. All sessions are on Saturday mornings and start at 9:00 AM for in-person workshops and 10:00 AM for Zoom workshops. Workshops end by noon.
  4. In-person workshops will take place at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. North, Minneapolis.
  5. We welcome different styles of teaching and different approaches to the theme, but teaching artists must build in time for participants to write and discuss. We are not looking for lecture-style classes. Team-teaching is permitted, but in such cases, the stipend must be shared.
  6. Deadline for applying November 1, 2021.
  • TO APPLY, please send a letter of interest to the Witness Writers Advisory Board at using TEACHING ARTIST APPLICATION as the subject.
  • Include in your letter, or in an attached  1-2 page resumé, information about your relevant workshop/teaching experience.
  • Also please share with us in a few sentences any thoughts you have about how you might interpret or approach the theme.
  • Finally, tell us on which of the four dates you would be available to teach.

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