- Via the latest ImageUpdate: “Thanks to a generous grant from the Davis Foundation, we are offering more scholarships in 2011 than ever before. Full and partial scholarships are available for both Glen West and Glen East, to be awarded based on both need and quality of work. You may apply to any class, even if it’s closed for registration.” No fee to apply for the scholarship, but “if you wish to guarantee a spot in a workshop, even if you do not win a scholarship, you must register for an available workshop and pay the $150 deposit. ” Deadlines: January 15, 2011, for the inaugural East Coast (Pioneer Valley) session, and March 15, 2011, for the West Coast (New Mexico) site. For more info about the scholarships and the workshops, please click here.
- “Babble.com is looking for a parenting news blogger to join the fastest-growing website for parents, with 4 million uniques and growing. The job involves contributing a minimum of two posts per day to Strollerderby, Babble’s breaking news blog written by the web’s best-informed, wisest, wittiest parents.” (NB: To view the announcement on MediaBistro.com, you may need to register [free of charge] and log in.)
- Babble.com is also looking for a celebrity parenting blogger. (This announcement is also on MediaBistro.com.)
- “South Carolina Living, the largest-circulation magazine in the Palmetto State, needs talented freelancers to produce both feature articles and monthly departments.” Download the guidelines for pay rates and sample content. NB: The magazine is also looking for a freelance outdoor columnist.
- Rutgers University-Newark (N.J.) “invites applications from distinguished Poets and from distinguished Fiction writers for a (Master’s in Fine Arts) Assistant, Associate, or Professor position (dependent upon qualifications).”
- Portland State University (Ore.) is advertising for an “Assistant or Associate Professor, Fiction Writing, tenure-track, to begin Fall 2011.”
- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is looking for a “full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin 24 August 2011. Responsible for teaching fiction writing, creative writing, and composition.”
- The University of Tampa (Fla.) “seeks a candidate for a one-year, renewable term Assistant Professor of English in first-year writing and creative writing (fiction) to begin August 2011.”
- Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio) is advertising for an Assistant Professor of English “to teach creative writing (fiction emphasis) along with some other area of specialization in literature.”
- Dickinson State University (N.D.) has posted an advertisement for a “full-time, tenure-track [assistant professor] position in English teaching Creative Writing and other courses depending on departmental and institutional needs.”
- From Columbus State University (Ga.): “The Department of English invites MFAs and PhDs to apply for a tenure-track position in creative nonfiction at the assistant professor rank. We seek someone who can teach Creative Writing with creative nonfiction focus and secondary emphasis in journalism.”
- Utica College (N.Y.) is looking for a “two-year visiting assistant professor starting August 2011 with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should have expertise in creative nonfiction.”
- From the University of Louisville (Ky.): “Creative Nonfiction writers who have received their terminal degree within the last five years in Creative Writing are invited to apply for the Visiting Scholar in Creative Nonfiction. The purpose of this visiting scholarship is to provide a recent graduate with time to further his or her work, to associate with a distinguished faculty, and to allow him or her to contribute to an active creative writing program. One scholar will be appointed for the academic year 2011-2012. The scholar will give one reading in the Axton reading series and will teach one course each semester. Of the two courses, one will be of the scholar’s design, the other will be an undergraduate creative nonfiction workshop. The scholar will be expected to be in residence in Louisville during this period. This appointment will provide a stipend of $25,000 a year, housing support, and benefits.” Application deadline is January 2, 2011.
- National University (Calif.) seeks a Writer, Cornell University (N.Y.) is looking for a Writer/Editor, and Southern New Hampshire University invites applications for a Marketing Content Writer.
This just in from Moment magazine’s e-newsletter:
Moment Magazine is recruiting bright, inquisitive, and diverse student contributors for our blog “In the Moment.” Moment is the world’s largest independent Jewish magazine, and our blog gets upwards of 10,000 hits a month. As a student blogger, you will write one post a week on topics of Jewish politics, religion and culture. This is an incredible opportunity for young writers to develop their skills and benefit from the expertise of our team of experienced editors. At the end of each semester, the three bloggers who have generated the most web hits will receive a cash prize. To apply, please send an application consisting of the following to nelis(at)momentmag(dot)com by October 10, 2010:
Your name,age, university and major. 1-2 short paragraphs on why you’re interested in Jewish issues and what unique perspective and background you bring to the blog. 2 short writing samples. 4 specific, original ideas for blog-posts you’d want to write.
- Resource alert! The next (October) issue of The Practicing Writer, a free e-newsletter for poets, fictionists, and writers of creative nonfiction, will go out to subscribers on Thursday. As usual, it will be filled with submission calls (paying opportunities only!), no-fee contest and competition announcements, and much more. Not yet a subscriber? Join us!
- I’m a fan of residency programs, but rarely do I stumble on an announcement that simply makes me long to be awarded a residency in a particular program. But that’s exactly what happened when I discovered the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France.
- The Writer magazine’s blog lets us in on a really neat-sounding part-time freelance writing/blogging gig at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel.
- Jane Friedman shares 7 no-cost writing competitions that can yield excellent professional results.
- Teaching jobs I learned about this past week: The University of Maine at Farmington seeks an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing “with significant credits in writing for film or television. Additional qualifications and publications in journalism and/or fiction would be welcome.” Bridgewater State University (Mass.) is also looking to hire an Assistant Professor (with a fiction specialty). The University of Southern Mississippi will be hiring an Associate/Full Professor to serve as a Distinguished Senior Fiction Writer. And the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is looking for “an advanced associate professor or a full professor to serve as the Glenna Luschei Professor and Editor of Prairie Schooner” (the applicant should have “a distinguished publication record as a poet, significant experience as an editor of creative works, a record of excellent teaching, and an active creative/research program.”
- And some non-teaching jobs: DePaul University (Ill.) is looking for a Senior Writer, Penland School of Crafts (N.C.) seeks a Communications and Marketing Associate, and Heyday Books (Calif.) is advertising for a Marketing/Publicity Director.
This week’s major pre-publication development is this: Over the Memorial Day holiday, I e-mailed the wonderful cover designer who has been drafting designs for the Quiet Americans cover, and I told him that I’d chosen a design to go with.
In the end, I’d narrowed the options to two designs. I can’t show them to you (truly, I can’t–I don’t have them in a format I can upload to the blog without some serious interventions). But I can tell you that they present two very different images. Opposite images, in fact. So I was, indeed, “torn between two covers.”
It’s a real relief to have put an end to the indecision. (The cover designer congratulated me on this victory!) Now we just have some tweaking to do (I’ve asked for some additional options for the byline font, for instance). Then, at least, the front cover will be done. Not all the info is yet available to complete the spine and back.
Speaking of covers…Last Light Studio, my book’s publisher, has recently launched a blog. And about two weeks ago, that blog featured a post about the cover design process behind the company’s first release: Armand Inezian’s Bringing Ararat (which is now available!). Check it out!