Join our team

We work with a lovely group of exceptional storytellers and educators to deliver our challenging online courses for serious writers who want to develop their craft – from fiction to therapeutic writing and screenwriting to corporate communications.

We are always on the lookout for new tutors and moderators: experts in their field, committed to nurturing fresh voices within a social constructivist learning model.

If you fit the bill and would like to join the world’s first 100% online writing school, designed by writers and story experts for writers and storytellers, send your CV to fiona@profwritingacademy.com, telling us which courses you’re interested in. We’ll be in touch to set up a chat.

Current Vacancies


Full stack developer

Job type: Part-time
Location: Fully remote
Experience: Junior / mid-level
Salary: Negotiable depending on experience
Start: Immediate
Application closing date: 31 July

As we move into an exciting phase of further development of our unique learning platform, we’re looking for a passionate developer to join our team. Apply if you can help us realise our vision for this platform and also support and maintain our existing platforms and technology. 

  • PHP 5/7 in a production environment
  • MySQL/MariaDB in a production environment
  • Frontend development with HTML/CSS/Javascript
  • Successfully realising a designer’s vision by building the frontend from supplied visuals
  • Working within the constraints of an underlying framework/application – on both the frontend and backend
  • WordPress maintenance and development
  • Experience with Moodle 3.x would be a real plus.
  • Integrating with third party APIs
  • Supporting end users who have widely varying experience with technology
  • Frontend frameworks/libraries such as Bootstrap, jQuery
  • Cleanly extending open source platforms by building custom plugins/modules/extensions
  • LAMP system administration
  • Divi WordPress theme
  • Image editing and manipulation using Adobe tools or equivalent

You will need to be a highly motivated individual who enjoys the unique challenges and benefits of working as part of a remote team.  Someone who relishes the autonomy that comes with working remotely – while at the same time enjoying the feeling of knowing that you are part of an incredibly supportive close-knit community.

We are initially looking for someone to join us for 3 days per week for 3 months. With a view to this then becoming a permanent part-time position. For the right candidate however – we are open to negotiation with regards to time commitments.

So if you would need to give us slightly more or slightly less time please do still get in touch.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to info@profwritingacademy.com

Tutors


Tutors are the heart of each course, guiding the group, feeding back on participants’ developing ideas and keeping everyone up to date with how things work in the real world.

The role involves:

  • Being the face of the course
  • Feeding back on work in written reports or podcasts
  • Responding to course participants’ questions about the industry
  • Hosting live chats, sometimes in the evening and at weekends
  • Encouraging peer feedback
  • Mentoring one-to-one via Skype or Zoom (certain courses)
  • Building a warm, supportive and generous community of learners

You will be:

  • A published author (or industry equivalent)
  • Experienced in teaching HE/adult ed (online teaching desirable but not essential – we’ll train you in our online classroom)
  • Confident with tech
  • Great at communicating – especially online
  • Comfortable with people from a range of backgrounds from around the world
  • Keen to work with beginners as well as those with more developed skills
  • Savvy about the business of writing, with a good network

Personality:

  • Patient
  • Empathetic
  • Supportive and approachable
  • Dedicated
  • Highly organised and self-reliant
  • Resourceful
  • Problem-solving
  • Firm

Moderators 


Our moderators are the first point of contact for course participants. They manage the day-to-day running of the courses and ensure everything runs smoothly.

The role involves:

  • Helping participants navigate the online classroom and learning materials
  • Answering learners’ queries, including about dates and tasks
  • Firefighting tech problems
  • Reassuring writers who are new to sharing work and peer feedback
  • Hosting online Q&A sessions with tutors and guests
  • Supporting course tutors
  • Helping to build a supportive and safe online community
  • Organising evaluations and post-course feedback

We usually need our moderators to be able to commit 2-3 hours per week for the duration of a course (spread throughout the week rather than in one block).

You will be:

  • A good administrator
  • Highly organised
  • Excellent at managing people
  • A brilliant communicator
  • Highly IT literate
  • All over the detail
  • Experienced in TEFL or teaching (an advantage)
  • Interested in writing, if not already writing yourself
  • Able to work as part of a team online
  • Comfortable working with people from many backgrounds and learning styles
  • Interested in group dynamics
  • Able to respond and act on things quickly
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends, as required

Personality:

  • People-focused
  • Autonomous and able to use own initiative
  • Approachable
  • Empathetic, caring and nurturing
  • Love reading and writing
  • Enthusiastic about developing new talent and supporting writers
  • Flexible
  • Intuitive

It’s been such a privilege to get such a detailed feedback report from the tutors, Caroline and John. The course has been invaluable – I’ve enjoyed all the elements and I’ve learnt so much from it, but these notes are particularly helpful and have equipped me with some valuable new skills and language for working with writers.

Rachel

Development Producer, BBC Writers Room

The first online course I’ve ever done turns out to be the best writing course I’ve ever done (and I’ve done lots of brilliant ones). Created and taught by Anne Taylor and Victoria Field, the Introduction to Reflective and Therapeutic Writing is a rich and varied adventure into personal archaeology and cartography. You will dig deep. You will travel far.

Jon Sayers

Chair, Magma Poetry Magazine