Community Projects in Literature - CW 675/CW 875

CW 675/875 Community Projects in Literature gives you, the student the opportunity to gain experience in the fields of publication, teaching, and arts administration, which will make valuable additions to your resume. Though each community project will be individually shaped, you will make a commitment of at least six hours a week for the length of the semester to earn three units of credit. If you make that commitment, you will be expected to keep it.  The instructor will approve the project and confer with the project supervisor. (Most of these organizations have had both good and bad experiences with our students, and have asked us to send them ONLY reliable people. Be reliable.)

Use this list of organizations as a guide to finding a community project, or you can find one on your own. This list includes on-campus opportunities, such as the Poetry Center. You also may create your own project as well; for example, teaching writing workshops in community, institution, or school settings or creating a reading series.

Typically, the organizations listed will ask you for a brief resume; try to give them some idea of the kinds of experience you already have.  For example, did you work on a campus journal, can you operate a computer, file, and write clearly?

NOTE that some of these organizations might not be accepting applications this semester, or may have changed their contact information, or may no longer exist.  Please let us know via email, cwriting@sfsu.edu, if any of these leads are dead ends; we’re grateful for your help keeping the list current!

826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their writing skills and to helping teachers get their students excited about the literary arts. Like kids? Pirates? Photocopying? Come exercise your writing and editing skills, work directly with teachers and students, and gain valuable experience in the many aspects of educational programming, nonprofit administration, and event planning. Requirements: minimum commitment of 15-20 hours per week for at least four months; excellent written and verbal communication skills Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs; editing/proofreading experience preferred; experience with kids in a professional setting a plus; Spanish language and design software skills a plus. Perks: free admission to 826 Valencia events; 15% discount at the Pirate Supply Store; opportunity to work with local writers; immeasurable joy.

To apply, please email a cover letter, résumé and portfolio to Brad Amorosino at brad@826valencia.org. In your cover letter please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience. Also include a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

Visit the 826 Valencia website

Contact: Paul S. Flores, lead curator Paseo Artístico
Email: paseoartistico@accionlatina.org
Phone: (415) 350-9775

Project: Paseo Artístico: The Mission District's Free Community. Acción Latina's mission is to promote cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of buliding healthy and empowered Latino commnitites, particulatly in the Bay Area. Our way of cornerstone media project in a El Tecolote newspaper, began in 1970 as a journalism project in a Raza Studies class at SFSU addressing inadequate coverage of Latino issues in the media. In 2015, we renovated our 24th Street facade to establish the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, which seeks to showcase the work of established and emerging artists who deptict the nuances of latnio life. Acción Latina produces Paseo Artístico on the second Saturday of every other month with the help of an artistic curatorial committee and the participation of cultural venues, organizations and bookstores on 24th street. Since COVID, Paseo Artístico has gone to an online livestream presenting format.

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Location: 2225 E. Bayshore Rd., Ste 200, Palo Alto CA 94303
Contact: Laura Rennert
Email: ljrennert@mac.com
Phone: (650) 320-7684

Established Bay Area literary agency seeks a part-time reader to vet manuscripts submitted by authors. Candidate must be widely read, and a fast but discriminating reader to read through manuscripts on a variety of genres including thrillers, mysteries, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and possibly young adult fiction. Qualifications: strong computer skills, a  minimum six- to 12-month commitment. Ideally we seek someone in Palo Alto or Menlo Park, or willing to make the drive to their Palo Alto office once a week. 

To apply: email a description of your qualifications and interest to Laura Rennart, Senior Agent.

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Contact: Aubrey Kamppila, Conference Intern
Email: conference@awpwriter.org

Join the AWP conference team to help us in producing four days of literary conversation, community, and celebration! With such a small staff, every project is critical to the success of the conference and we look forward to welcoming an intern who will be a contributing member of the team. The conference intern will observe first-hand how the AWP Conference & Bookfair comes together, an event that is usually in-person and brings together 10-15,000 writers, editors, teachers, publishers, and students. This year, we are hosting most of this event virtually and a conference intern will see and be part of problem-solving and creativity at work as we transition this beloved in-person event into a virtual one. Throughout this internship experience, you will learn about project management: how different projects develop from a global perspective and how those projects are broken down into smaller tasks and subtasks. Tasks include; monitor & manage Submittable submissions for Small Press Publisher Awards and Writer to Agent; Assist with necessary data entry to the event platform; assist in compiling and uploading book lists to our affiliate page in Bookshop.org; Assist with updating Featured Presenter webpage with photos/bios; Assist with the event copyediting -- event titles, descriptions, participants, bios; Assist as needed with other conference projects.

The second position available is the AWP Media Intern. Contact: Juanita Lester at socialmedia@awpwriter.org. Join the AWP Communications Department. The Media Intern will work with the Communications Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator to review all digital communications, coordinate projects and tasks related to social media, press releases, and the website.  This position will report to the Director of Communications and requires 12 hours per week. Our internship should have: Exelent writing and typing skills; Keen attention to detail; The ability to work independently; An appreciation of literature or creative writing; knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, including Adobe Spark; Experience with Adobe Premiere, or willingness to learn video editing; Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel; Friendly and positive "can-do" attitude. Our intern can expect to learn: Social media planning; Brainstorming ideas for future content (posts, videos, newsletter); Content Creation; Graphic Design and image size requirements per each social media platform; Project management with use of Asan; Video editing and captioning; Coordinating communication and meetings between departments; Social media risk-mitigation; Conducting a social strategy and competitive audit.

Location: P.O. Box 4106878, San Francisco CA 94141
Contact: Gina Gemello
Email: books@auntlute.com
Phone: 826-1300

Multi-cultural women’s press in San Francisco; when they need interns, look for part-time unpaid interns to assist in all phases of book production. Interns would be assisting staff with order fulfillment, marketing, web-research, grants and production. Please check auntlute.com for available opportunities.

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Location: 23 Maine Ave., #38, Richmond, CA 94803
Contact: Amos White, President
Email: bayareagenerations@gmail.com
Phone: (415) 489-0074

Bay Area Generations reading series seeks an Outreach Coordinator to recruit submissions each month, and promote the program that alternates its performances between San Francisco and East Bay venues. The Outreach Coordinator visits a variety of reading series, classrooms, workshops and other places where writers gather to solicit submissions, suggest pairings, encourage attendance at events, and answer questions. May occasionally post submission calls; write press releases; and assist with website maintenance, email lists, and reader lists. A full position description is available upon request. To apply, send a letter of interest with résumé via email to bayareagenerations@gmail.com.

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Contact: Lisa Lavaysse
Email: llava@thebeatwithin.org

The Beat Within runs primarily on the support of committed volunteers, both in our office and in the workshops in juvenile halls. We are always looking for people of all walks of life to be a part of our community. You do not need a background in juvenile justice or related issue. You do not need to be a great writer. All you need to have is an interest in the program and working with young people. To help with typing and or editing, please contact Lisa Lavaysse. Typing volunteers must be located in San Francisco. To volunteer in the writing workshops in juvenile hall: You MUST be at least 21 years old; You need to be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months with the program. You will attend mandatory training through The Beat Within.; You must pass a background check (costing $30). Most of The Beat Within locations can accept new volunteers. Please contact us for more info on each location. If you are interested in being a volunteer or intern with The Beat Within, please submit a cover letter and resume to Lisa Lavaysse.

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Location: 3008 Acton Street, Berkeley 94702, 510 665-8617
Contact: Sharon Coleman
Email: sharoncoleman@comcast.net

A yearly poetry festival that celebrates the local poets who also organize in the literary community or for social justice. We also bestow a lifetime Achievement award for sustained organization to a local poet/organizer. We would especially appreciate a student with website and computer savvy.

Location: 1072 Folsom Street #470, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 255-0440

Bindlestiff is a community-based performing arts venue dedicated to showcasing emerging Filipino American and Pilipino artists. To Apply, please submit the form on the website.

Visit the Bindlestiff Studio website

Location: 2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Contact: Jocelyn Thompson
Email: info@brava.org

There are a number of internship opportunities available; go to their website and follow the link under “job opportunities” and choose “internships.”

To apply submit (all together): resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter of interest (which department), personal statement which discusses the following: long term professional arts goals, how you feel you would benefit from program, your unique contribution to Brava Theater Center in the upcoming season, letter of recommendation from mentor of choice.

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Location: 1955 Sutter Street

Contact: Allie
Email: allie@cityarts.net

Since 1980, San Francisco-based non-profit City Arts & lectures has hosted lectures and onstage conversations (& a few surprise performances) with outstanding figures in literature, criticism, science, and the performing arts, offering the most diverse perspectives about ideas and values. Given that we host more than fifty events each season at the Nourse Theater, we’re in need of a part-time Production Assistant to help our with various tasks surrounding the event production process and non-profit administration. This includes (but is not limited to) responding to general email inquiries, crafting social media posts, and administrative work, but also attending events with writers, artists, performers, helping run Q&A, and assisting in the exciting work of event production and venue management. We’re a small team and each have our hands in several parts of the production process, so we expect you to do the same — we may need you to run occasional errands and runner tasks, such as picking up flowers, concessions for events, etc, or we may ask you to re-organize our thirty-eight years of archives. We'd like for you to be up for any challenge! And after a semester of work, you will have gained useful insight and experience in the world of event production, nonprofit administration, and program curation with a longstanding staple of the City’s culture. Requirements: Some experience with Google apps (Gmail, Drive, Docs), social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, HootSuite), and Microsoft Office is preferred. Schedule: Two non-consecutive days per week, 10am-3:30pm (proposed schedule; hours/days are flexible within our 9am-5pm office hours). Applicants should be available to work from our office at 1955 Sutter Street (@ Fillmore), SF. Perks: This position is paid and can provide class credit; free admission to programs; 15% discount at Books Inc. 

To apply, please send an email with a current resume (including two references), as well as a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position and what you hope to gain, to allie@cityarts.net with the subject line “Production Assistant.”

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Location: Berkeley, CA.

Contact: info@counterpointpress.com

Editorial and publicity internships are available at a publishing house in Berkeley. Soft Skull Press, one imprint of Counterpoint, publishes a wide range of books focusing on current affairs/politics, fiction, poetry, anthologies, and graphic novels. Please visit the website for more specifics; To apply please send a letter of interest to info@counterpointpress.com.

Create your own workshop: teach playwriting to senior citizens, poetry to new mothers, short story writing to Boy Scouts . . . find a need in your community, and design a workshop!

Create your own reading series:  for space, contact venues such as Place Pigalle, San Francisco Coffee Company, Z Space, Mills College, UCSF, Hamlin School, Fillmore Grind, Ground Zero, City Lights, Velo Rouge, or your own neighborhood bookstore or coffee house.

Location: Humanities Building, Room 380, 338-1891
Contact: Katherine Kwid, Academic Services Coordinator for Creative Writing
Email: kkwid@sfsu.edu

The Creative Writing Department sometimes has internship possibilities, such as:

  1. Take Place! Reading Series Coordinator- CW Faculty and students love to read to the rest of us several times during each semester.  We need someone to plan and coordinate all the details of a Creative Writing Student/Faculty Reading Series, from finding readers to reserving a room.
  2. Department office assistant – answering student and faculty questions, photocopying, filing, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, cleaning and monitoring the graduate reading room, typing up notes, etc. This position is only open occasionally.

Interns will deal directly with the co-founders of Dzanc, as well as authors, booksellers, libraries, literary journals, distributors, and teachers. All assignments will be conducted online and include editing, marketing, distribution, proofreading, fundraising, and grant writing. Dzanc Books, as a unique nonprofit press with a large list of remarkable authors and dozens of charitable programs involving literacy and writing, provides a great opportunity to experience publishing firsthand. Not to mention the free books!

To apply: email a cover letter explaining your interest in obtaining a Dzanc Internship, and which specific internship you are interested in, along with your resume (attached MS Word Document) and the name and email addresses of at least two references that we can contact.

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Contact: Miah Jeffra--fabulous@foglifterpress.com

The Community Intern assists the Community Manager in the successful planning and execution of social media campaigns. The intern schedules social media posts on Later, assists in crafting engaging and exciting captions for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and collaborates with the Community Manager to develop content ideas and design for social media campaigns. The intern aggregates ongoing contributor surveys for social media post creation. The intern also assists in gathering assets/drafting content for our quarterly newsletter.

Location: HUM 373
Contact: Junse Kim 
Email: hills@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 338-3083

Fourteen Hills is a nationally published literary magazine, edited and staffed by students. Interns play a vital role as staff members. Responsibilities include: participating in group discussions on submitted work, issue distribution, event planning, fundraising, and more. If you’re interested in helping to build a strong foundation for your department’s magazine, please email us at hills@sfsu.edu.

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Contact: Cesar Love
Email: cesar714@jps.net  

San Francisco’s oldest and coolest literary magazine is seeking an intern. The Journal publishes mostly poetry, but we also publish short stories. The intern would read poetry submissions and provide input on the selection of poems to be published; attend monthly editorial meetings; assist with clerical duties; update our Web site. This position can become a paid one if the intern wishes to engage in sales.

To apply email Cesar Love at cesar714@jps.net.

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Location: 1631 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Email: volunteer@hamiltonfamilycenter.org
Phone: (415) 409-2100 

A nonprofit organization in San Francisco working with homeless and at-risk families is seeking a volunteer graduate student or professional in the fields of creative writing or education to lead a writing workshop for parents in one or more of their residential programs in San Francisco. The facilitator will have a lot of freedom in developing the workshop format and content. Interested M.A. and M.F.A. students, please contact Megan Owens.

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Location: 446 Valencia St., San Francisco, 94103
Contact: Nora Grant, Communications Manager
Email: nora@theintersection.org
Phone: (415) 626-2787

Dive into Intersection's print archive to research, craft, and curate a series of "throwback thursday" posts on Instagram that share Intersection's rich history in San Francisco.

To apply: send resume and brief cover letter to Engagement and Communications Manager, Nora Grant, at nora@theintersection.org.

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Contact: Susan Zakin
Email: szakin@gmail.com

Journal of the Plague Year is looking for interns to help with our social media. We are a feisty startup creating a new kind of nonfiction, a literary journal that tracks the news, hybridizing creative nonfiction, music, visual narrative, and satire with no-nonsense political analysis. You’ll have a chance to write, and to work with reporters and writers who have published in The New Yorker, Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and The Paris Review.

The Legal Resource Center at SF State is looking for researchers! Please contact lrc@asi.sfsu.edu for details on how to apply.

Contact: Sophia Cross
Email: sophia@litquake.org

Duties will vary for this large San Francisco literary festival: Working with authors at the events; Helping staff events; Collaborating on the program design and proofreading; Assisting the Executive Director; other fun and interesting tasks. Begins in late August/early September. Should be available to attend meetings every Tuesday evening 6:30-8:00 at SOMA office.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Sophia Cross at sophia@litquake.org.

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Location: 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco  CA. 94110
Contact: Susie Chang 
Email: susie@themarsh.org

We are seeking an intern who appreciates The Marsh Theater, solo performances, or venues that actively encourage new creative voices, and wants to help us promote and celebrate all The Marsh has done in the last 30 years. In 1989, Stephanie Weisman, the theater’s founder, and artistic director started The Marsh because she wanted a place for writers and performers like herself to easily develop their performances. Since then, The Marsh has grown to two theaters (in the Mission district of San Francisco & downtown Berkeley) with over 600 shows a year and offers performance classes and events for both adults and youth. Come join our team as we ramp up for our 30th Anniversary in 2019 with special projects and events! This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to hone their skills in marketing, and special events and projects, while having the unique chance to work directly with a theater founder and artistic director. 

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Email: interns-sf@mcsweeneys.net

…internships are haphazard, disorganized, and entirely unpaid. On the other hand, interns are vital to our whole operation, and they generally seem to have good experiences. And they do receive free books, not to mention our gratitude. Duties include reading submissions, finding images, checking facts, and going to the post office. Post-office trips aren't a huge percentage of the job, but they are one of its spiritual cores and must be undertaken with extreme enthusiasm. However, no one is ever asked to get coffee for anyone else.

To apply, email your resume and an explanation of why you’d like to work with McSweeney’s to interns-sf@mcsweeneys.net. Please include your areas of interest in a potential internship or volunteer-ship (copy-editing, marketing, reading submissions, etc.), your favorite McSweeney’s publication, and any other relevant experience. Interns must be at least eighteen years old and be based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Location: 2050 Center Street, Berkeley CA. 94704
Contact: Sharon Coleman
Email: scoleman@peralta.edu
Phone: (510) 665-8617

A student-run art and literary journal at Berkeley City College. We’ve been in publication since 1989 and have a yearly print and online journal. We would especially appreciate a student with website and computer savvy.

Contact: JK Fowler
Email: jkfowler@nomadicpress.org

Ever wondered how a small press does what it does? From communications and branding to book production and distribution to design, acquisition, and editing to the setting up of systems and structures that streamline and offer efficient pathways to publication and event production, join Nomadic Press to learn the ins and outs of cultural production and making/holding space whether that's on the page, in literary communities, on Zoom, or in a physical venue (pre-COVID). In addition to dipping into everything previously listed, you will design, curate, and host a monthly online reading under the Nomadic Press banner and learn what it takes to create a safe, consistent, and empowering space for art, to be shared.

Location: 2200 Adeline St. Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94607
Contact: Ken Keegan, Rusty Morrison, Rebecca Stoddard
Email: rusty@omnidawn.com
Phone: (510) 237-5472

Omnidawn Publishing seeks interns with an interest in poetry and/or favbulist fiction to work with us at our Oakland office for 8-10 hours a week. The internship program will focus on marketing, copywriting, and generally learning the inner workings of a small press. Our standard internship period is 12 months, but we are willing to consider semester-long internships on a case by case basis. Please read through the website before applying. To apply, interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV and (if interested in writing for OmniVerse) a writing sample or creative and/or critical work to senior editor Rusty Morrison at rusty@omnidawn.com.

Contact: jobsearch@playground-sf.org

PlayGround, a leading playwright incubator, and producer of the Monday Night PlayGround series at Berkeley Rep provides unpaid internships in the areas of marketing, public relations, development, producing, and literary management. Internships are personalized to meet the individual’s and organization’s needs and are generally 10 hours per week for 10 weeks, based at PlayGround’s South Berkeley offices (BART-accessible with plenty of nearby free parking). To apply, email letter, resume, references, and writing sample to: jobsearch@playground-sf.org.

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Location: Poetry Center, HUM 511/512, SF State campus
Contact: Steve Dickison
Phone: (415) 338-2227

The Poetry Center is a nationally recognized arts organization. It hosts a  distinguished reading series and houses the most elaborate poetry archives in the nation.  Library materials are available in book, audio, and video form. 

To apply, submit a hardcopy application; available outside the Poetry Center, HUM 511.

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Contact: Joyce Jenkins, Executive Director
Email: editor@poetryflash.org

Interns would work directly, by email, text, and phone, to help create content for Poetryflash.org, a review and literary calendar for California. This would include online (and live, as permitted) calendar listings, updating calls for submissions, and preparing editorial content for online publication. The option is there for interns to write reviews or essays for publication, if that is something that the student would like to take on. There may also be tasks related to our upcoming online events for the Poetry Flash Virtual Series, Northern California Book Awards, and Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival.

The prison University Project uses a student-centered, culturally-responsive model of teaching. Volunteer faculty are placed as instructors and tutors during our spring, summer, and fall terms and commit to 6 – 10 hours per week to their class for the duration of the semester. All volunteers should be comfortable with extensive communication with co-instructors and staff and should be open to exploring new teaching techniques.

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A Project Read tutor meets regularly with an adult learner who wants to improve his or her reading and writing skills. Volunteers tutor at libraries, adult educational facilities, and community-based organizations. Tutors must be at least 20 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. To participate, please contact the Bridge at Main/ Project Read office at (415) 557-4388 for information about upcoming tutor trainings.

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Location: San Francisco State University, Cesar Chavez Student Center, M-102
Email: projectrebound@asi.sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 405-0954

Project Rebound is a special admissions program for people who were formerly incarcerated wanting to enter SFSU, offering an alternative to the revolving door policy of the criminal justice system by offering a program which encourages students to excel in a course of study.  If you would like to volunteer, they may need tutors, call them, email them, or stop by their office.  They are located on the mezzanine of Cesar Chavez Student Center.

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The Queer and Trans Resource Center (QTRC) is looking for enthusiastic, passionate students who are interested in issues affecting LGBTQIAP+ students at San Francisco State University. The Internship program is semester long and focuses on LGBTQIAP+ events, services, programming, and resources. The internship is intended to help the LGBTQIAP+ community at SF State grow and strengthen its leadership skills through the pursuit of social justice and activism.

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Contact: ramblrmagazine@gmail.com

Ramblr is a literary magazine seeking interns to read submissions in fiction, art, and poetry.  You will also learn Photoshop and InDesign.

Contact: Jennifer Lewis
Email: jennifer@redlighlit.com 
Phone: (415) 377-0203

Red Light Lit is an art and literary journal that explores love, lust, desire, sex and sexuality in the form of prose, poetry, photography and song. We need your expertise in the following areas: social media, copyediting, event planning and assisting on photo shoots. You must have attention to detail and excellent grammar skills. If you are interested in working with emerging writers and artists, please call.

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Location: 870 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact: 415-989-2153

Offer your assistance as a tutor to a refugee or a new immigrant. Tutors help newcomer families adjust to urban American life, and reduce isolation by offering their friendship.

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Contact: jrobles@aaahawk.com
Phone: (510) 362-6730

Assistant to the writer and poet Jaime Robles, tasks would include manuscript preparation, sending out manuscripts, working on the website, and researching grant and conference opportunities. During 2018-19 I will be working on the prepublication tasks of a book for the Sam Francis Foundation, which will present the poetry and visual art of abstract expressionist Sam Francis. I will need help with typing the manuscript, proofreading, page design, and layout. A student would also help with the maintenance of the art review website, This internship provides a diverse selection of tasks all of which encompass the work of writing and publishing in various media.

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Location: 555 Portola Dr., San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: (415) 695-5700

Volunteers are vital to the Asawa SOTA community. From feeding students during rehearsal weeks to painting benches, planting flowers, and greeting college representatives during campus visits, every person who donates their time truly supports arts education- not just for their own students, but for all students at Asawa SOTA. Check the calendar for regular volunteer opportunities. Sign up for something that fits your schedule or your skill set. To apply, please visit the above website for the volunteer calendar, and type of event, and email the person listed below each category of interest with your availability.

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Contact: seannegus@gmail.com

Saccades is a web magazine that publishes contemporary poetry from the Portuguese and English- linguistic world, with an emphasis on American and Brazilian poetries.  New editions are published roughly once a month featuring contemporary poets with affinities for experimentation and appear bilingually in both Portuguese and English.  Interns with proficient knowledge in HTML and familiarity with WordPress and/or web publishing are invited to help with the release of forthcoming issues.  Basic duties might include organizing the literary material using HTML templates, preparing and paginating poems in the WordPress text editor, troubleshooting difficulties, organizing digital files, preparing the web magazine for release, corresponding with the editors.

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Location: San Francisco  CA

This program places writer/teachers in community settings to teach creative writing to youth.  There are a number of ways to get involved. 

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Contact: Alexandra Kostoulas, Founder & Executive Director, SF Creative Writing Institute
Email: alexandra@sfwriting.institute
Phone: (415) 371-9054

Dispatches From Quarantine is a publishing Project for the SF Creative Writing Institute. It’s basically a blog that Maxine Chernoff started. We are soliciting and publishing writing from the COVID-era online from all over the world. Interns would help us read the slush pile, solicit new material and envision editorial scope, as well as help post material on the website.  We have enough room for 2-3 people to help out. We are actively writing grants that seek performance collaboration and publication. Here are some other things we could use help with:

  • General Outreach—We would like help reaching out to local community partners and letting them know about SF Creative Writing Institute and finding ways we can partner with them in the community.  Interns would help with researching ad compiling a list of community partners and possibly a bit of reaching out to this list. A bit of cold emailing and cold calling in this internship.
  • Grant writing assistant— We are actively seeking many grants with our grant-writer who comes from an arts and dance background. Sometimes she needs help with research. This intern would help with specific tasks related to that —probably researching and spreadsheet type work and in the process learn about grants. Any interested potential interns should reach out to me by email and send what they want to work on and a bit about their writing background to us. Normally we meet in person so these are kind of different from what we would usually need help with. Like flyering or letting people in the door, etc, or help with live readings.  But we are open also to hear ideas for internships that students may propose. But I have to say I have two little ones and most of the backend of this operation is just me so it may not be something we can do just because we are limited by the reality of the moment.

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Very part-time, unpaid internships are available at Small Press Traffic! These internships will take place partially 9-5 during the work week and on Friday and/or Saturday evenings. Interns will assist in programmatic activities including events, fundraising, web/blog management and archiving. Requirements: enthusiasm and willingness to learn; commitment to independent literatures and communities. Preferred: excellent writing skills; community fundraising or event planning experience; additional hours to commit to fundraising/marketing projects.

To apply: email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com letter detailing how your background and interest will contribute to our organization and what you wish to gain from this internship, as well as schedule commitments.

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Based in Sausalito, this business magazine is offering great opportunities to work alongside writers, editors, web and graphic production artists and learn the magazine and publishing business. It could be a good fit for an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in writing, journalism, magazine production and web content writing or a combination. We are looking for a self-starting editorial intern that cannot wait to get their hands dirty in the publishing world. We look for students that are willing to work diligently, eagerly tackling a wide variety of tasks and writing assignments. Editorial isn’t just writing, so interns that are open to learning new things and contribute do well here. You will work independently and with the rest of the editorial team, so prioritization and collaboration skills are important along with your writing skills. You should have some writing or journalism experience, as well as some familiarity with print and digital tools. Self-motivated writers with a strong work ethic and a desire to get things done should apply. Current interns have committed to around 20 hours per week. Applicable SFSU program credits apply.

To apply email resumes or letters to Luc Troussieux, President, luc@smartmeetings.com, or apply to our paid intern position.

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Location:225 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA
Contact: Vivy Chao
Phone: (415) 776-8407
Email: lchoe@tndc.org

This Center serves low-income Tenderloin youth between the ages of 5 to 17 years old and is a safe, supportive space for kids. eager to enlist volunteers who have strong academic skills to be mentors and provide tutoring on basic subjects—like reading, math, science, and history. Please note that volunteers must make a minimum six month commitment and work between 4-6 hours every month (6 hours a week minimum for 3 unit course credit). A background check is also required.

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Contact: jobs@viz.com

VIZ, LLC, a multi-media company specializing in offering a Japanese integrated product line of magazines, comics, graphic novels, videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks to U.S. audiences. VIZ publishes over 20 titles every month including Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, Sailor Moon etc. Seeks one paid publishing editorial and one paid creative design intern to work with editorial and publishing teams. Primary editorial responsibilities: assist editorial department with: general office support; editorial and design support. Required Qualifications: excellent command of English grammar and spelling; proofing/copyediting skills preferable); knowledge of or interest in publishing industry; should have manga/anime general knowledge; computer literate (Mac systems preferable); dependable, organized, responsible, detail-oriented; must live in or commute to the San Francisco bay area; must be able to work legally in the United States.

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Contact: Michael warrzone6666@gmail.com

There are three opportunities outlined here; Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (Michael Warr, Poetry Editor) Two Languages / One Community The Two Languages / One Community (TLOC) project is a collaboration between poet Michael Warr and poet /translator Chun Yu. TLOC engages African American and Chinese speaking participants in a rare cultural exchange based on dialogue, storytelling, and writing. In the project, workshop attendees write poems rooted in memories sparked by photographs of their parents, their younger selves, and other family members. The writing is translated in Chinese and English, published online and as a book titled Catching Memory. The published work is shared at public celebrations. HOW AN INTERN COULD HELP: In September we would concentrate on Two Languages / One Community and in October on Of Poetry & Protest. The work in November will be shaped by what was accomplished during those previous two months and by what updates I receive on pending projects. I hope to learn in September whether funding will be available for one of those pending projects and if I am the t the recipient of a major honor. If the news is good I would develop a November work plan in response. If not I would still use the month of November to support upcoming poetry-related opportunities in 2021.

Outreach to literary organizations, publishers, and community organizations. The project Two Languages / One Community has completed a book called Catching Memory which will be published in the Fall. The book features poetry and prose from a writing workshop that Chun Yu and I conducted at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. A website for the project is also under construction and depending on the Intern's skill set I could use help with simple updates to the TLOC website. I will also need assistance in reaching out to new community partners to replicate the workshop series, seeking grant support, promoting Fall readings for Catching Memory, and finding publication opportunities for poems in English and Chinese. Here is a link to my upcoming readings including joint events with Chun Yu.

Second up: Marketing and creating opportunities for Of Poetry & Protest... I want to send Of Poetry & Protest (OPAP) to key Influencers as a Xmas or New Years gift with the intention of gaining their support in keeping the book in print. I am even open to the possibility of one of these Influencers buying the rights of the book from W.W. Norton. One of the people I would send the book is Colin Kaepernick who has started his own press. The Intern would assist me in developing a list of 20-30 Infuencers, finding the best address for them, and figuring the best way to deliver the books in the COVID-19 climate. The Facebook book and group pages for OPAP each have more than 400 followers. I need to consider extending those numbers and determining whether or not it makes sense to continue both a book page and a group page. Even if the Intern is not particularly knowledgeable on such social media issues I think I could provide them with the appropriate tasks to help me figure it out by reaching out to experts or other students who have those skills. The point of this particular task is really about expanding the reach of the book, whether it is through Facebook or some other platform, the Intern's work would focus on outreach and marketing.

Third Facilitating Poetry Opportunities. This fits under the category of what unknown possibilities might emerge in September. Those possibilities are likely to include creating programmatic ideas that support other poets, outreach for upcoming poetry events (with a focus on Black History Month) and publication opportunities. This might sound like a lot. It is a lot. However, if I am selected by an Intern, the first thing we will do is look at my needs compared to what the Intern is most interested in. Then we will prioritize not only what we are most interested in doing, but also what is feasible in the timeframe. I hope by dedicating each month to a particular project, that will make the work more manageable and realistic. And we would work as a team. I would make sure that the work is structured so that the Intern can make the most of the hours they are available.

Contact: writeawaysinfo@gmail.com

An intern will help Writeaways, which sponsors workshops online and in New Mexico, France and Italy, to develop a contact list for university writing programs.  The intern if they wished, could participate in the current online feature called Writeaways Chez Nous.

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Contact: Naomi Goldner naomigoldner@gmail.com

We are looking for interns to help with a few projects such as conducting creative process interviews with our 10 writers-in-residence, helping set up a blog, maybe even being guest blogger (would be great to tie in the social justice aspect). We could really use help with our social media posts for literary and writing topics—and also open to other ideas. We’re looking to have regular literary study group and could use help with those as well. Maybe even curate and host an online writing salon since we can’t do them live? We have 5 current residents that could either offer a class online or a salon reading. Also, someone could help with a literary podcast.

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The Women's Center is dedicated to providing resources for all womxn-identified people and to foster a safe environment. They have great things planned and we will need as much support as possible.

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Contact: Jen Cross
Email: jennifer@writingourselveswhole.org
Phone: (415) 608-3398

Based in Oakland, Writing Ourselves Whole has offered creative writing workshops for trauma survivors and others since 2003. I offer generative writing groups and manuscript groups, both in-person and online. Writers engage in transformative writing practice in community in order to restory individual trauma experience and reconnect those parts of ourselves we are trained to hide. Through writing together and offering one another deep generosity and kind witness, we find language for what was never meant to be spoken, and create beauty from the "unspeakable" stuff of our lives. . I would be interested in working with students who have (or want to develop) social media outreach skills, promotional skills, workshop facilitation skills, and organizational development skills. I would be happy to work with someone who wanted to participate in writing groups, someone seeking mentorship/support around their writing group facilitation skills, especially when working with traumatized communities.

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Contact: Yuquing54@yahoo.com (personal assistance for writer’s projects)

Research for journals and publishers for publication of my poetry and stories (in English and Chinese. It’s ok if an intern prefers to work on only on English or Chinese publications.). Assistance in promoting my work and events. Assistance in seeking grant support and artist-in-residence programs around the world. Any web building skills for Wordpress and Drupal are also appreciated.

Researching for archived materials (including court records and newspaper reports) relating to Chinese immigration history and stories for two graphic novels/films that I am working on.

Transcribing and organizing interviews for a coming of age story that I am working on (relating to Black Lives Matter).

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Location: 1663 Mission St. Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94103
Email: zspace@zspace.org
Phone: (415) 626-0453

Most interns start in a revolving internship. This internship will split the intern's total time at the Z Space into thirds: marketing, artistic production, and fundraising/development. We require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for our interns. Except in special circumstances approved by the General Manager, interns must schedule their hours between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Requires a minimum of a three month commitment. There is no maximum duration. Qualifications: have a passion for words and theater, ability to prioritize, multi-tasking skills in busy environment, self-motivated, have initiative, excellent communication skills.

To apply: mail cover letter (including area of primary interest) and resume to Attn: Internship Director/The Z Space Studio/131 10th Street, Third Floor/San Francisco, California 94103 or email with subject line "Internship Application".

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Contact: Sheila Black
Email: sheilablack@hotmail.com

For a group founded by Sheila Black, Connie Voisine, and Jennifer Bartlett, an internship to assist the organization in holding a retreat for writers with disabilities. Promotion, social media, development work for this and other poetry projects the organization creates throughout the year.

Some of these contacts may be out-dated, or addresses and phone numbers may have changed. Please let the Creative Writing Office know of any changes so we can update this list every semester.  Thanks for your help in keeping this list current!

Also check out the Yellow Pages of your phone book. Look for listings under Publishers, Theatres, Schools, or whatever else you can think of that might be related to your interests in writing, theatre, or teaching.