QWF seeks workshop leaders

We’re passing along this message from the QWF to you…

QWF Seeks Writers to Design & Facilitate Workshops for “Writers in the Community” Program

The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) is looking for one or two new writer-facilitators to join the “staff” of our “Writers in the Community” program.  All work is on a contract basis, and cannot be guaranteed for any particular period.

Established in 2003, Writers in the Community (WIC) is a collaboration between the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) and The Centre for Literacy of Quebec (CLQ). WIC is designed to engage at-risk youth and young adults with English-language literary activities that will broaden their view of the value of language and build some of the skills and confidence they need to create a better future for themselves.

Successful applicants will be required to…

  • observe an experienced WIC writer-facilitator in one or more workshops before being given his or her own group.
  • design and run a series of 8 to 10 sessions over 4 to 10 weeks for a particular group of young people, leading to a literary “product,” such as a zine, a video, or a performance.
  • attend one planning meeting with the host organisation and WIC coordinator before each workshop series begins, and one feedback session with the partners (QWF and CLQ) and other writer-facilitators at the end of the year.
  • establish written and measurable objectives for each workshop series/group, with guidance from the WIC coordinator, and provide specific feedback regarding outcomes of the workshops based on those objectives.
  • provide short weekly updates (by email) to the WIC coordinator and a final summary report when the workshop series ends.

Qualifications:

  • A history of publication or performance in the literary arts;
  • Relevant experience working with youth or young adults;
  • Professionalism (reliability, punctuality, communication);
  • Ability to design and facilitate multiple activities that engage youth while improving their English-language writing skills.
  • Creativity and flexibility, and a willingness to share successes with colleagues.

This program demands a high level of energy and enthusiasm and the ability to adapt to challenging situations, sometimes under pressure.  The participants may present with behavioural issues or learning disabilities. In addition, attendance in many of our venues fluctuates and the composition and dynamic of the groups may vary from week to week. See

This link will bring you the QWF’s page about the WIC program. From there, download the pdf for the application procedure. The deadline is March 11, 2011.

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