Teaching Artist, BookUp

National Book Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking published authors who have experience working with young people to serve as Teaching Artists for BookUp, a free, after-school book club-style program for Los Angeles middle-school students. This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus two Saturday half-day field trips. Participants select up to 12 books to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through field trips and author visits.

All programs will convene in person and will run from September 2021 through June 2022 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Education Programs Manager.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead up to twenty-four 90-minute after-school sessions for approximately 15 students in grades 6 through 8
  • Serve as liaison between NBF, partnering site, and other program stakeholdersCreate and submit weekly lesson plans
  • Create and submit book order requestsOrganize and document student work in preparation for a printed anthology
  • Participate in a planning meeting (September 2021)
  • Participate in bi-weekly check-in calls with NBF’s Education Programs Manager; maintain regular email communication
  • Assist with the coordination and facilitation of scheduled author visits, field trips, and culminating event


  • Undergraduate degree in creative writing, literature, or other related field; graduate work preferred
  • At least one published book (or book under contract) preferred
  • Previous experience working with young people required; experience with middle and/or high school students strongly preferred
  • Experience working in an after-school or out-of-school time setting strongly preferredWillingness to travel to program sites
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

This position pays a competitive per-session rate of $150.

To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to [email protected] with the subject line: BookUp Teaching Artist. In the body of your email, please indicate which city—New York, Los Angeles, or Greensboro—you are interested in. Review of applications will continue until position is filled, with preference given to applications submitted before August 2.

The National Book Foundation is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability

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