F225. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! The Unconventional Writing Career, Sponsored by WITS

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


While the tenure-track teaching job is often the dream of creative writers, the academic market has become increasingly competitive, calling for much more than an MFA or a PhD. Here are exciting careers you can build outside of the ivory tower, where your mastery of language and critical thinking skills can make a real difference in communities. From the creative to the nonprofit sectors, listen in as our panelists share how you can craft a meaningful living.


Michele Kotler is the founding director of the Community Word Project, an arts in education organization based in New York City. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in creative writing, poetry from the University of Michigan.

Martin Rock is associate director of communications at the Exploratorium and the author of Residuum (2015 CSU First Book Prize). With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins he coedited the Unsung Masters volume Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master. martinrockpoetry.com.

Abby Travis is an editor at Milkweed Editions and she was editorial assistant at Ploughshares. She has held positions across the literary arts, social sector, and higher education. She received an MFA from Emerson College, and her writing has been recognized as notable by Best American Essays.

Thomas Calder earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. He writes for a weekly publication, Mountain Xpress. He also leads weekend tours through the Old Kentucky Home, the former boardinghouse and childhood home of writer, Thomas Wolfe.

Giuseppe Taurino is the associate director of the creative Writing program at the University of Houston, and a contributing editor at American Short Fiction. His stories have appeared in B O D Y, Bridge Eight, Epoch, Green Mountains Review, New South, The Potomac Review, Word Riot and elsewhere.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

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