Some excellent opportunities to consider:
More information can be found here.
Some excellent opportunities to consider:
This advice comes from already-mentioned MFA vs NYC book, more specifically from the interview with the Paris Review editor Lorin Stein (adapted from the longer piece, previously published in The Days of Yore):
“And I would say, for people who want to go into book publishing or any kind of publishing, it is good to have experience writing really short stuff for really conventional magazines. Because once you learn how to spit out boilerplate, whether it’s for Elle Magazine, or Publishers Weekly, or Bon Appetit, whatever, that skill translates into all kinds of memo writing and copy writing and back of the book stuff and letters that you need to write. I think training in the world of schlock journalism can really give you skills that are useful in other areas of life.”
In fact, anyone interested in a publishing career should read the whole interview.
HISTORIC GROLIER BOOKSHOP in Harvard Square, the oldest all-poetry bookstore in the country, is looking for a Manager.
Since it was established in 1927 Grolier Poetry Bookshop has been a gathering place for poets, including T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, E. E. Cummings, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Adrienne Rich, Frank O’Hara, James Tate, Robert Pinsky, and many others. The store hosts many events, including readings, book-signings, and discussions. It also sponsors a poetry contest and publishes the winning manuscripts.
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I’ve mentioned The Review Review before. Lately they’ve become a favorite of mine, a wonderful source of lit magazine news, reviews, interviews, and interesting articles. And now they are looking for an intern: “If you are a student or know someone who would like to learn more about the inner workings of lit mag machinations, please be in touch.” You can e-mail the editors at 99review<at>gmail.com
A good — paid — opportunity for graduating students/recent grads, especially those in NYC or those in Connecticut who don’t mind commuting to NYC a couple of times a week. Find out more here.
Earlier this year, me and several other Syracuse MFA alums, returned to our alma mater to discuss this very subject at a panel organized by our beloved professor, Arthur Flowers. Is there life after the MFA? What is the nature of “literary success”? Not surprisingly, we weren’t the only ones puzzling over these questions. In fact, faculty and students in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Purdue have put together a website, The Writer’s Job, to address them. The site, though still new, has among other things, a section on submitting work to literary journals, a post about the benefits of subscribing to Duotrope, a series of power point slides on finding a literary agent, and a section on making a living (its categories include teaching, publishing, journalism, business writing, nonprofit, freelance, and other jobs). Regardless of where you are in your writing career, this site is definitely worth exploring.
Today, while reading the Review Review newsletter, I discovered that there’s a site listing all sorts of jobs for writers. It’s called, not surprisingly, Write Jobs. I very quick check revealed a score of freelance opportunities for blog writers, as well as ghostwriters, crime writers, greeting card writers, copy editors, tech writers, fashion writers, content writers, and more. It’s fascinating and perhaps worth digging through.
Writers & Books is looking to fill the position of Director of Adult Programs. The position involves planning and overseeing Writers & Books’ adult classes/workshops as well as author readings, lectures and other literary events. Application Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013. This is a half time, salaried, exempt position. Read more.
Literary magazine Ardor is looking for guest writers to contribute articles to their blog: “Articles should be on a topic of interest to our readers. These topics may include submission advice, writing tips, stories of managing and coping with rejection, book reviews, response to and commentary on work which has been published in ARDOR, etc.” Read more.
Nouvella, an independent publisher dedicated to novellas by emerging authors, is looking for a PR intern.
The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, offering more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults, is looking for an Adult Education Manager. See the job description here.
Not surprisingly, on the heels of the MFA-program queries, come questions about jobs. What types of careers, students ask, can these programs prepare me for.
The short answer, of course, is that MFA programs aren’t really meant to prepare you for a job market. Continue reading →
Here’s another treasure, which I only discovered today: a site, created by the wonderful Erika Meitner, that brings together all sorts of useful post-MFA resources, including fellowships, residencies, academic and non-academic jobs, additional degrees, and international opportunities. Even though it’s aimed primarily at MFA students/grads, the site will be useful to writers who are not in an MFA program yet and/or not planning to go to one.