Do You Want to Intern at Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop?
*We are not currently seeking ONE intern for the winter/spring 2019 season! *
Internships at PVWW happen on a sporadic basis, depending on our current schedule and needs, and usually entail 2-10 hours per week. Interns work closely with Director Joy Baglio assisting with administrative tasks, social media marketing, and class/event preparation and set-up. Schedules are casual, and most of the work can be done from home, a cafe, the library, wherever you choose to work. In exchange for your hard work, you’ll get an insider’s look at the Northampton literary scene, free attendance in all Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop classes, the opportunity to work alongside authors, editors, and writing instructors, and some valuable skills and experience. We are also very happy to write recommendations and act as mentors for those seeking writing and publishing guidance. This is a great opportunity for college students, recent college grads interested in the literary scene, aspiring writers, retirees seeking to devote time to a literary life and their writing, and anyone interested in the literary arts.
NOTE: This is an unpaid position!
The ideal candidate will have: • A comfort/familiarity with social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram) and easy website builders like Weebly. • Strong writing skills and comfort with words, especially composing emails and social media posts. • Good PR skills and comfort communicating and interacting with others. • Organizational skills & meticulous attention to detail. • Ability to learn new tasks quickly and troubleshoot/problem-solve when necessary. • Excitement to work around writers and talk about writing, craft, books. • Experience with or interest in writing and the literary world. • Ability to work well with others, take directions and feedback, as well as work independently with minimal direction at times. • Photoshop and Illustrator experience a plus, but not mandatory. • An enthusiastic, warm, and can-do attitude.
Position may entail: • Updating our website with current class information a couple times a week. • Posting upcoming classes and events to social media and other online platforms (multiple times a week) • Email correspondence with students and prospective students, especially before/after workshops. • Compiling post-workshop feedback for instructors. • Corresponding with PVWW instructors and local authors regarding our events and classes • Making copies, distributing posters and brochures. • Setting up for events, writing classes, and literary readings. • Contacting local bookstores and other venues to set up readings and other events. • Some grant writing and research. • Attending Instructor meetings and taking minutes.
Possibly: • Designing simple posters in Illustrator (we can show you how if you aren't familiar with Illustrator!) • Doing research on a variety of topics.
Benefits/perks of the position: • Opportunity to work with (and learn from) local authors and writers, especially Director Joy Baglio • Mentorship and guidance in the areas of writing, editing, finding an agent, publishing, and MFA applications • An inside look at the Northampton MA literary scene • FREE admission to all PVWW writing workshops • No set hours – can work from home or the PVWW classroom (on days when we have classes/events). • Opportunity to rise and take on more responsibility at PVWW. • Opportunity to interact with and meet members of the literary community.