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UNC Chapel Hill: Kenan Visiting Writer (Deadline: January 10)

The Creative Writing Program in UNC’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. The purpose of this program is to provide an early-career writer with the opportunity to teach enthusiastic and talented undergraduate students while working on a second book. For the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning August 2024, the Program requests applicants in fiction.

This one-year appointment carries a salary of $40,000. 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 public reading and otherwise participate fully in the life of the Creative Writing Program. UNC strives to create an environment where all members of the community feel welcome, valued, and can thrive. The ideal candidate will share in this commitment. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024. These classes are on campus and the selected candidate must be on campus to teach.

An M.F.A. in Creative Writing is required. Applicants should also have:

  • Significant publication in major literary magazines
  • Published one recent book or have one book under contract
  • Previous college teaching experience

The 2023-2024 job posting will be available from November 19 to January 10. To apply, applicants will need:

  • A curriculum vita
  • Up to 10 pages of published work (uploaded as a “writing/research sample”), and
  • A 1-page personal statement indicating how an appointment of this sort would serve the applicant’s needs and endeavors (uploaded as “cover letter”).
  • Additionally, two letters of reference, which should be written by those familiar with the applicant’s teaching abilities and who can evaluate the applicant’s suitability for this position, should be provided via Interfolio or addressed to:

Professor Ross White
Director of Creative Writing
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 Professor White.

Applications will close on January 10, 2024. Visit to apply.