Applications are now being accepted for the 2016/2017 Joan Beebe Graduate Teaching Fellowship. The Beebe Fellowship is available to all alumni of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, including those who received the degree during the years the program was at Goddard College. Some teaching experience is required. This year’s Beebe Fellow will have a concentration in fiction, though a facility with multiple genres is most beneficial for the program. The Fellow will teach the equivalent of five four-credit undergraduate courses in composition and creative writing, including the mixed-genre advanced MFA Residency/Workshop course, which is tied to the MFA Program’s winter residency. He or she will also supervise the undergraduate literary journal. The fellow will work under the supervision of the Director of the Creative Writing Program and will receive a stipend of $34,500 and full faculty benefits. On-campus housing for the fellow is available at a modest rental rate. Relocation assistance is also available.

An applicant should submit the following:

  • a letter of application which discusses:
    • teaching philosophy, especially in relation to a work college’s undergraduates
    • relevant teaching experience
    • areas of expertise, including experience and confidence teaching in multiple genres
    • the relationship the applicant sees between his or her creative work and teaching
    • current writing projects
  • a current CV
  • a writing sample of no more than 25 pages

An applicant must also have three letters of recommendation addressing his or her experience/ potential as a teacher sent directly to the Program office. Letters of recommendation may not be submitted by members of the MFA Program’s Academic Board, which includes Debra Allbery, Marianne Boruch, Liam Callanan, Christopher Castellani, Jennifer Grotz, Brooks Haxton, David Haynes, C.J. Hribal, Kevin McIlvoy, Debra Spark, Daniel Tobin, Peter Turchi, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and C. Dale Young.

While the fellowship may be received only once, previous applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed and finalists chosen by the Academic Board; advancing candidates will be interviewed by phone and/or brought to campus for interviews and a teaching demonstration. The final decision will be made by a committee of the Undergraduate Writing Program, with the approval of the Dean of the College.

Applications for the 2016/2017 academic year must be received by February 1, 2016. All application materials should sent to Debra Allbery, via email to, indicating Beebe Fellowship Application in the subject line—or via US mail to Beebe Graduate Teaching Fellowship;  c/o Debra Allbery, Director;  MFA Program for Writers; PO Box 9000; Warren Wilson College; Asheville, NC 28815-9000.  Electronic submissions are preferred.

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