CW 675/CW 875 Community Projects in Literature Leads
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 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 have current listings, though we do reach out to them every year. Please let us know via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 send a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio to email@example.com. 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. More information, please check out the 826 Valencia Internship page.
Project: Paseo Artístico: The Mission Districts Free Bilingual Community Art Stroll. Acción Latinas mission is to promote cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities, particularly in the Bay Area. Our cornerstone media project is El Tecolote newspaper, which began in 1970s as a journalism project in a Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University addressing in adequate coverage of Latino issues in the media. In 2015 we renovated our 24th St. façade to establish the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, which seeks to showcase the work of established and emerging artists to depict nuances of Latino 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 St.
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.
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.
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.
Bindlestiff is a community-based performing arts venue dedicated to showcasing emerging Filipino American and Pilipino artists. To apply, please submit the Bindlestiff Studio volunteer form.
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.
Contact: Rashida J. Smith
Clarion West is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Intern to support their online classes and programs. As a classroom support and technology intern, you will assist with providing support to our students and teachers, troubleshooting technical issues, and engaging with the latest education technology and industry trends. Clarion West is a 501(c)(3) non-profit speculative fiction writers organization focused on helping writers become successful, fostering greater equity and inclusion in the speculative fiction world, and bringing writers and readers together. Clarion West is best known for our residential six-week workshop held every summer consecutively since 1984. We also host one-day, weekend, and online workshops year-round and events that bring writers and readers together. If you are interested in the position and want to gain real-time work experience, please send your resume to Rashida J. Smith firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to reach out in case of any further queries about this position. Find more information HERE.
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.
The Dzanc Books internship program provides the opportunity for literature enthusiasts, under- and graduate students and others to get hands-on experience working with a premier independent press. Interns will learn from publishing from Dzanc staff, authors and knowledgeable guests while helping advance the press's mission. To apply: email a cover letter explaining your interest in obtaining a Dzanc Internship, along with your resume (attached MS Word Document) and the name and email addresses of at least two references to email@example.com. Applications open July 1 for the fall session, Nov 1 for the spring session and April 1 for the summer session.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Journal of the Plague Years 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to apply.
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 late August/early September. Should be available to attend meetings every Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00 at SOMA office. To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Sophia Cross at email@example.com.
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. Please go to the Marsh Theater website for more details and contact information.
…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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please including 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.
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.
Mount Tamalpais College 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 8 – 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. For information and to apply please visit the Mount Tamlpias College application page.
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.
Contacts: Ken Keegan, Rusty Morrison, Laura Joakimson
Phone: (510) 517-9058
Location: 2200 Adeline St. Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94607 (Location will be changing in the coming months. For now, this is a remote position)
Omnidawn Publishing seeks interns with an interest in poetry and/or fabulist fiction to work remotely with us for 8-10 hours a week. The internship program will focus on social media marketing, copy editing if and as needed, and generally learning to work collaboratively with a small press team. 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 to senior editor Rusty Morrison at email@example.com and cc to production editor Laura Joakimson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oxford American — Jeff Baskin Editorial Internship
Contact: Stephanie Vanderslice at email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Poetry Center works with interns to support its acclaimed Reading Series, it's online Poetry Center Digital Archive and it's 7, 000 volume Reading Room library. To apply, please send an email to email@example.com introducing yourself. Please visit the Poetry Center Website for more information about the Poetry Center.
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.
Prison University Project
Location: Remote Work
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. For information and to apply please visit the volunteer page for the Prison University Project.
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.
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.
Queer and Trans Resource Center
Location: San Francisco State University
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 SFSU grow and strengthen its leadership skills through the pursuit of social justice and activism. To apply, please fill out this Queer and Trans Resource Center Google Doc.
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.
We are holding our volunteering training on August 10. To receive an invitation to the training, please submit a volunteer application linked below. Please note that all our volunteer opportunities are long-term engagement— at least 6-9months commitment (~50 hours). We require all our volunteers to be at least 18 years of age. To learn more about our volunteer programs and to apply, please visit the Refugee Transitions Apply Page. If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant to the writer and poet Jaime Robles, tasks would include manuscript preparation, sending out manuscripts, working on 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. Student would also help with maintenance of the arts review website, Repeat Performances. This internship provides a diverse selection of tasks all of which encompass the work of writing and publishing in various media.
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.
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 and corresponding with the editors.
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 SF State program credits apply. To apply email resumes or letters to Luc Troussieux, President, email@example.com, or apply to our paid intern position on our ziprecruiter page.
The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation (TAAF) is dedicated to bettering the lives, support networks, and medical care of those affected by aneurysms and other types of vascular malformation of the brain such as arteriovenous malformations (AVM). A unique way that we serve the community is by giving voice to its many parts via our online magazine, TAAFTalk. TAAF is seeking a motivated and self-sufficient intern to serve as Managing Editor for TAAFTalk magazine. In this position, you would be responsible for the operation of the magazine in most ways, answering to the Editor in Chief and head of the organization. Duties may include such things as establishing protocols, reading and tracking submissions, assignment of contributors, working with volunteer editors, communication with authors, etc. The role would be ever-changing in its entirety, but would primarily an opportunity to help non-authors who suffer from these diseases and/or those within the community find their voice and tell their extraordinary story. Email Dina Chon at firstname.lastname@example.org and help us make a difference today!
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.
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. Application information is available on the VIZ Internship page.
Updated internship listing coming soon!
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. The Writeaways website contains more information and is a contact number.
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. We encourage you to check out the Word Space Studio website before you apply! Chariot Press, a literary journal of WordSpaceStudios Literary Arts, is looking for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Editors. Come help build and grow this literary journal from the ground up and are excited to expand!
Women's Center SFSU
Location: San Francisco State University
The AS Women's Center is open to everyone who would like to come together and participate in promoting the understanding of various perspectives on gender justice and issues rooted in misogyny. Our program has a semester-based internship available for any students interested in being a part of our program. You can find out more about our program and/or contact us via Instagram, @as_womenscenter_sfsu.
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. You can find more information about Writing Ourselves Whole on the Writing Ourselves Whole website, and I can be reached by phone at (415) 608-3398.
Personal assistance for writer’s projects needed.
-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. The link to my work and events (including with Michael Warr).
-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).
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".
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 and 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.