Adjunct Faculty - Fiction Writing (graduate level)

Requisition #: A-72878-2

Status: Part Time

Type: Faculty

School: Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program: Advanced Academic Programs

Location City: Washington

Location State: DC

Location Zip Code: 20036

Closing Date: Open until filled

General Description

490.654 - Fiction Techniques

490.660 - Fiction Workshop

490.679 - Experimental Fiction Workshop

490.682 - Writing The Novel Workshop

Institution Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).  As the nation's oldest and one of the most prestigious research universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master's degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students in the mid-Atlantic region and online.  In addition to the online programs, AAP also offers master's degrees and graduate certificate programs at its Washington, DC Center, Montgomery County Campus and at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD.  AAP enrolls almost 5,000 students each academic year.  JHU is committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Position Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach the online fiction writing courses 490.654 - Fiction Techniques, 490.660 - Fiction Workshop, 490.682 - Writing The Novel Workshop and 490.679 - Experimental Fiction Workshop in the MA in Writing ProgramOpportunities to teach the already-developed  490.654 and 490.687 will begin in Summer 2020, while 490.679 and 490.682 will be taught in Spring or Summer 2021. The MA in Writing Program is a craft-based program with students in the fiction and nonfiction concentrations. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience engaging students from diverse backgrounds.


Course Descriptions

490.654 - Fiction Techniques

In this foundation course, students explore the elements of fiction, including point of view, plot, character, setting and the forms of short stories and the novel. The course also introduces students to the writing process, the techniques of reading as a writer, and the workshop process. Readings usually include short stories, one or more novels, and books or articles on craft. Writing assignments involve exercises, response writings, and one complete piece, either an original short story or novel chapter. Revisions also may be required. This core course is required for all incoming fiction students as a prerequisite to any workshop.


490.660 - Fiction Workshop

Fiction Workshops concentrate on intensive writing and revision, with some required reading. As members of a general workshop, students submit short stories or novel chapters to their instructor and peers for critiques. Typically, two or three stories or chapters are submitted during a semester; revisions are usually required. Workshop participants also submit detailed critiques of their fellow students' writing.

490.679 - Experimental Fiction Workshop

This specialized workshop introduces students to innovative forms and approaches in non-traditional or experimental fiction. It is designed for students who write, or wish to write, experimental fiction, or for students who generally write more traditional fiction but would like to stretch the boundaries of their work. Assignments challenge students to experiment with styles that differ from their previous writing; extensive reading assignments come from the latest collections. The course generally follows a format similar to that of 490.660 Fiction Workshop, although readings and exercises take precedence during the first few weeks.

490.682 - Writing The Novel Workshop

This specialized workshop is designed for students who are writing a novel. Students must submit a total of 40-75 pages of a novel in progress, plus a synopsis. Revisions also may be required. Included are readings and discussions on the particular demands of longer fiction.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in Fiction Writing or in a relevant field, such as Creative Writing or English, with a master's degree at minimum
  • 1-3 years teaching experience in Fiction Writing or Creative Writing
  • 1-3 publications (electronic or print) of original fiction in books or journals 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in Fiction Writing or in a relevant field, such as Creative Writing or English
  • 1-3 years of graduate level experience teaching Fiction Writing or Creative Writing
  • Online teaching experience
  • The background to teach a wide variety of courses, including fiction workshops and techniques courses and reading courses that include both fiction and nonfiction.


Application Instructions

Application Instructions:

The position will remain open until filled.

Candidates must submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement, including your approach to teaching an online fiction workshop
  • Teaching evaluations for three most recently taught courses if applicant has teaching experience.
  • References upon request


The selected candidates will be expected to undergo a background check and to submit proof of educational attainment.

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