William James Association’s Prison Arts Project, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, seek writer qualified to conduct a year-long residency teaching Creative Writing to inmates at the Federal Prison in Phoenix, AZ.
The residency will focus on hands-on classes in Creative Writing. There will also be time for “open studio” for the artist and the students to work on projects independently. This NEA residency is great for a skilled and well-rounded artist desiring a rewarding experience sharing their expertise with others. The impact on the lives of the inmates can be profound due to their willingness, gratefulness and unique perspectives.
Class hours and other terms are flexible and negotiable, afternoons and evenings are preferred. Duties are 10 hours/week of on-site teaching and class prep, as well as 2.5 hours for the artists’ own creative work. Stipend: $15,000. Candidate should have teaching and professional design experience. Previous work with inmate populations not required. Interviews to be conducted at the facility. All expenses paid Prison Arts training to be provided in California and thorough security training provided at the prison. Residency to begin three months after writer is selected to allow for processing of clearance information.
To apply, send a letter of interest with a resume or c.v., and 5-10 pages of writing samples to: Laurie Brooks, Prison Arts Project, Laurie@williamjamesassociation.org.