QWF is seeking an accomplished writer

Posted on: 24 January, 2022

Category: Job Postings, QWF News

QWF is seeking an accomplished writer with 2+ years of teaching experience to design and facilitate a journalism workshop for students aged 14 to 18.

In partnership with “Westcoast Connection”

Application Deadline: February 25, 2022

The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) has been engaged to provide a workshop entitled “Journalism in the 21st Century” in the summer of 2022 to high school students participating in a “Westcoast Connection” program on the campus of McGill University. The workshop will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the following days, for a total of 22 hours:

Week 1: July 4, 5, 6, 7
Week 2: July 11, 12, 13, 14
Week 3: July 18, 19, 20

Some students will attend all 11 sessions; some will attend only the first seven sessions.

Applicants for the teaching position must be available for all 11 sessions.

Preliminary Workshop Description (this can be tweaked to match workshop leader’s interests, passions, and voice):

Journalism in the 21st Century
In a shifting landscape of journalism, find out how to adapt and prepare news to be broadcast in print and through digital outlets. What does it take to become a first-rate journalist? Journalism abides by professional standards for gathering, processing, and disseminating information. Learn about these standards in class as you analyze selected pieces of news and apply strategies to write powerful stories that capture an audience. Hone your online and interviewing skills. Sharpen your ability to write effectively and deliver messages in your stories that will resonate with your readers.

The ideal candidate has…

  • A strong history of professional publication
  • At least two years of experience teaching journalistic writing (or a related subject) in a classroom setting
  • Professionalism (reliability, punctuality, communication)
  • Ability to design and facilitate multiple activities that engage youth while improving their writing skills
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Energy to burn and an upbeat personality
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is an asset

Compensation:  Up to $80 per contact hour, based on experience (total potential honorarium = $1760)

Application procedure and deadline:

By February 25, 2022, please send the following to [email protected]

  1. A cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position
  2. A CV with education, related journalism and teaching experience, including a list of publications (with links, if possible)
  3. A brief preliminary outline (1-page maximum) of how you would tailor the 11 two-hour sessions to correspond to the workshop described above.

Interviews will be held in March. The offer is conditional pending adequate enrolment. Should the course be cancelled, QWF will notify the candidate by the first week of April 2022.

If the course is confirmed, the selected candidate will be required to provide a final course outline by April 15 (or within two weeks of receiving written confirmation that the course will run, should that occur earlier than April 1).