George R.R. Martin Chair in Storytelling

Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

Posted 4 weeks ago

The Medill School at Northwestern seeks to hire a full-time faculty member to serve as the inaugural George R.R. Martin Chair in Storytelling. The person named to this position will lead the George R.R. Martin Summer Intensive Writing Workshop, as well as teach courses on writing to both undergraduate and graduate journalism students. Some teaching or mentorship/coaching experience is preferred. 

Successful candidates must be a distinguished published author of works such as novels, short stories, screenplays, plays or nonfiction narrative. Some background in journalistic or essay writing is required. This person will fill an unusual role at a journalism school: teaching storytelling skills that can be used in journalism as well as teaching storytelling skills to journalists interested in writing fiction.

This is an open rank faculty position. No advanced degree required.

The Martin Summer Intensive Writing Workshop will enroll a small group of writers each summer and offer emerging fiction writers, screenwriters and playwrights guidance and mentorship in developing their projects. This person will design and oversee the summer workshop. The workshop is fully funded for participants. 

The anticipated date of this appointment, which will be based in Evanston, Illinois, is September 1, 2023. Applications must be received no later than January 23, 2023, though it is expected that applications will remain open until the position is filled. Required documents include a full CV/résumé; a cover letter; and a separate statement of interest in this position that addresses the requirements listed above, including links to and/or copies of work that demonstrate the required level of impact on the field. Questions should be directed to Jenna Braunstein at

Northwestern University is a federal contractor that actively participates in affirmative action planning in the areas of recruitment and retention. For each employment and promotional opportunity, Northwestern University actively seeks women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities to maintain a University community that is based on equal opportunity and reflects the diversity of American society. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States. 

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