Welcome to Creative Writing

The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill is—and has long been—one of the best in the country. Its first-rate faculty and students have published widely, won many prizes, and played a major role in shaping the contemporary literature of North Carolina, the South, and the nation.

The fact that other schools in the state university system (UNC-Greensboro, N.C. State University, and UNC-Wilmington) offer graduate writing programs has challenged Carolina to concentrate on excellence for undergraduates. There are over 250 creative writing programs in the United States, mostly for students at the masters' level, but very few offer as much breadth, variety, and professionalism at the college level as UNC-Chapel Hill has for decades.

Now Accepting Applicants for the Kenan Visiting Writer

The Creative Writing Program in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of English and Comparative Literature seeks to bring an emerging talent to campus for a one-year teaching appointment as the Kenan Visiting Writer, a position that alternates between poetry, prose and creative non-fiction. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Program requests applicants in FICTION.

This one-year appointment carries an annual salary of $32,000. The selected candidate will teach one undergraduate creative writing course per semester, most likely at the introductory level. The selected candidate will also give one major public reading and otherwise participate fully in the life of the Creative Writing Program.

An M.F.A. in Creative Writing is required.

Applicants should have:

• Significant publication in major literary magazines
• Published one recent book or have one book under contract (no more) 
• Previous college teaching experience, and 
• A willingness to relocate to Chapel Hill for one year.

By 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2016, applicants should apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/36915 and submit:

• A current curriculum vita
• Up to 10 pages of published work (uploaded as a writing sample)
• A 1-page personal statement indicating how an appointment of this sort would serve the applicant’s needs and endeavors (uploaded as "cover letter”).

Three letters of reference, two of which should be written by people familiar with the applicant’s teaching abilities and who can evaluate the applicant’s suitability for this position, should be sent directly by the recommender to:

Professor Marianne Gingher, Search Committee Chair, UNC Chapel Hill, Campus Box 3520, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520.

Questions about the position, the job requirements, or the hiring department should be directed to Marianne Gingher at mbging@email.unc.edu.

Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

In the words of the late Doris Betts, Alumni Distinguished Professor of English emerita and mainstay of the Creative Writing Program for decades:

“When the Harvard faculty was considering hiring Nabokov to teach literature, one professor objected that such an appointment would be like hiring the elephants to teach zoology. Fortunately, Carolina's English Department has embraced its writers and we, like elephants, never forget. The staff of dedicated novelists, poets, and non-fiction writers has had a congenial professional history here, in an atmosphere that has encouraged many young writers and rewarded many readers. During my 35 years on campus, the program has grown larger and more varied, but without losing its selectivity and without weakening its focus on genuine talent.”

And in the words of Holden Thorp, Chancellor of the University from 2008 to 2013:

“It is hard to imagine an endeavor that has shaped the narrative of Carolina more than creative writing. It demonstrates our ideals of originality, equity and democracy.”

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For more information, contact:  

Daniel Wallace
Director- Creative Writing Program
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Greenlaw Hall, CB #3520
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520 
Phone: (919) 962-4052
Anita Braxton
Program Assistant, Creative Writing
Department of English and Comparative Literature
229 Greenlaw Hall
Campus Box 3520
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-3520
Phone:  919-962-4000
Fax:  919-962-3520


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