Community Projectes in Literature

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CW 675/CW 875 Community Projects in Literature

Internship Leads (will be updated by July 31, 2019)

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 internship 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 internship supervisor. (Most of these organizations have had both good and bad experiences with our student interns, and have asked us to send them ONLY reliable people. Be reliable.)


Use this list of organizations as a guide to finding an internship, or you can find one on your own. This list includes on-campus internship 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 interns this semester, or may have changed their contact information, or may no longer exist.  Please let us know via email,, if any of these leads are dead ends; we’re grateful for your help keeping the list current!


826 Valencia Street

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 Brad Amorosino at 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:


Andrea Brown Literary Agency

2225 E. Bayshore Rd., Ste 200, Palo Alto CA 94303

Contact: Laura Rennert,, 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.



Aunt Lute Books,

P.O. Box 4106878, San Francisco CA   94141

Contact: Gina Gemello, 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 for available opportunities.


Bay Area Generations Reading Series


23 Maine Ave., #38, Richmond, CA 94803

Contact: Amos White, President.

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, 415-489-0074,


The Beat Within

Contact: Lisa Lavaysse,

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.


Bindlestiff Studio

1072 Folsom Street #470
San Francisco, CA 94103 Contact: 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 this website;


Brava! Theater Center

Contact: Jocelyn Thompson,

2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.


City Arts & Lectures

Contact: Allie,

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 with the subject line “Production Assistant.” 



Berkeley CA


Editorial and publicity internships available at 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


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.


Creative Writing Department

Contact: Paul Hoover, Chair, Creative Writing Department

HUM 380, 338-1891

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

1) Velvet Revolution 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) Wordsmith Guild officers – the graduate student organization always needs people to organize get-togethers, readings, etc. 3) 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.


Dzanc Books

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 first hand. Not to mention the free books! Read details at the following webpage before applying 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.


Fourteen Hills/SFSU Review

Contact:   Junse Kim      

415-338-3083, HUM 373,

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


Haight Ashbury Literary Journal,

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 .


Hamilton Families

1631 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

415-409-2100 x116


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.


Intersection for the Arts

446 Valencia St., San Francisco, 94103

Contact: Nora Grant, Communications Manager,, 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. How to apply: send resume and brief cover letter to Engagement and Communications Manager, Nora Grant, at


Legal Resource Center

The Legal Resource Center at SFSU is looking for researchers! Please contact for details on how to apply.


Contact: Sophia Cross,

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


The Marsh Theatre

1062 Valencia St., San Francisco  CA   94110

Contact: Susie Chang,

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 here for more details and contact information;

McSweeney's and The Believer

…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 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.


Omnidawn Publishing

2200 Adeline St. Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94607

Contacts: Ken Keegan, Rusty Morrison, Rebecca Stoddard, 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


Playground SF


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:


Poetry Center, SFSU

Hum 511/512, SFSU campus

Contact: Elise Ficarra, Assistant Director, 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.


Prison University Project

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


Project Read

A Project Read tutor meets regularly with an adult learner who wants to improve his or her reading and writing skills. Vo9lunteers 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

San Francisco State University

Cesar Chavez Student Center, M-102


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

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 the form on this page;

Red Light Lit

Contact: Jennifer Lewis, 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. 


Refugee Transitions,

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. Apply online:


Jaime Robles,, 510-362-6730

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, This internship provides a diverse selection of tasks all of which encompass the work of writing and publishing in various media.


Red Light Lit



Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

555 Portola Dr., San Francisco, CA 94131

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.


San Francisco Arts Commission, Writers Corps

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.


Small Press Distribution

1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley CA 94710

Contact: John Sakkis,   510-524-1668

If you are interested in a fall semester, winter/spring semester, or summer volunteership at SPD, please contact John Sakkis at Volunteers assist in all aspects of SPD pick/pack/ship warehouse operations, sales & marketing, publicity, data, and development. We generally ask for approximately 4 hours a week from volunteers. Volunteerships are unpaid. For more information call (510) 524-1668M-F 9-5 Pacific Time.


Small Press Traffic

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: excelllent writing skills; community fundraising or event planning experience; additional hours to commit to fundraising/marketing projects. To apply: email 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.


Smart Meetings

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,, or apply to our paid intern position here;


Tenderloin After School Project,

225 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA

Contact: Vivy Chao, 415-776-8407, 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.


The Velvet Revolution Student Showcase


Hear and be heard!  The Velvet Revolution, the student-run weekly reading series, is looking for student hosts (graduate and undergraduate) during the Fall 2018 semester!  Responsibilities will include scouting local and student readers, generating interest and publicity for the readings through social media and flyers, hosting, occasionally providing light refreshments for the Velvet Revolution events. This is a great way to get to the know the faculty and student writers on campus, as well as help create community within the SFSU Creative Writing department!  If you are interested, please email




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 here:

Women's Center SFSU

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.To apply, please fill out the form on this link;


Writing Ourselves Whole

Contact: Jen Cross,, 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. You can find more information about Writing Ourselves Whole at, and I can be reached by phone at 415-608-3398


The Z Space Studio

1663 Mission St. Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94103

Contact:, 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".



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.