SL153933-Fall 2020-CRWR*6600*01 Special Topics in Screenwriting

Sessional Lecturer Work Assignment
Sessional Lecturer, Unit 2
Academic Unit: 
School of English and Theatre Studies
Semester(s) of Assignment(s): 
Fall 2020
Number of Available Work Assignment(s) / Sections: 
Level of Work Assignment(s): 
Right of First Refusal (RoFR)
A Sessional Lecturer holds a RoFR (i.e., for a particular course) if they have successfully taught the course in the past four (4) semesters. A SL who holds a RoFR to this course is required to exercise their right by way of the online hiring system. Also see: What is Right of First Refusal (RoFR)?
A Sessional Lecturer Currently Holds a Right of First Refusal for this Course: 
Course Details
Course Number: 
Course Name: 
Special Topics in Screenwriting
Course Format: 
Course Description: 
See Course Calendar
Other Course Description or Assignment Information: 
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING FALL 2020 WORK ASSIGNMENTS AND COURSE DELIVERY: Should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 restrict face-2-face course delivery, this course will be offered via a remote/alternate course delivery format (see  Please contact Catherine Bush at should you like to discuss the options for the delivery of this course prior to making an application.
Projected Class Enrolment: 
Anticipated Duties and Responsibilities
Anticipated Duties and Responsibilities: 
Office Hours
Student Consultation
Email Correspondence/Monitoring
Invigilating Exams
Other Duties Described: 
This is a workshop with a focus on writing and reading rather than production. It will require considerable time commitment to students outside of class hours, reading student work and corresponding with students, and consulting with students on an individual basis.
Required Qualifications
BA or equivalent Professional experience
Prior Teaching Experience: 
Successful teaching related to field at college or university level
or equivalent experience in a professional, collaborative film/video-making context
Required competence, capability, skill and ability related to course content: 
The University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA seeks an instructor with expertise in the field of screenwriting. The successful applicant must have extensive experience (e.g., as feature script story editor, in feature script work with a recognized production company, etc.). Evidence of portfolio of spec scripts in more than one genre and in both short and feature-length formats. Experience teaching screenwriting at university level or equivalent experience in mentoring screenwriters in all aspects of discipline from initial story concepts to complete drafts. Evidence of being held in high regard among peers and in the field, in the form of awards, nominations or equivalent recognition. Must be successful in being granted Special Graduate Faculty Status upon acceptance of offer.
Preferred Qualifications
MFA or equivalent professional experience
Research Experience: 
Quality and or Recent Research activity in related field demonstrating knowledge of current developments in course content.
Specific Preferred competence, capability, skill and ability related to course content: 
Experience with writing and or production activity demonstrating knowledge of current developments in course content, including feature script analysis and textured acquaintance with most imaginative-cinematic genres. Feature production credits and or industry recognition in other forms, such as successful grant applications and script competition activity. Familiar with and capable of writing and addressing the craft of screenwriting in various forms. Ability to introduce a diverse range of reading material and to consider the cultural implications of screenwriting forms, particularly with respect to marginalized cultural positions, is an asset. Experience teaching screenwriting workshops at the graduate level is an asset.
Days Required and Wages
Days and Times Required: 
Tuesdays, 1 to 4pm - tentative, exact dates and times to be determined
Period of the Work Agreement (Start Date and End Date): 
September 8, 2020 to December 24, 2020
Wages (per semester, per full-load): 
minimum $7,374.95 (pending collective bargaining; effective 2019/20)
Other Posting Information
Application Deadline (All postings will automatically expire at 11:59 pm on this day): 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Posting Email Contact:
Hiring Contact Information: 
All applications are to be submitted via this website: Dr. Catherine Bush, Coordinator, Creative Writing MFA. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Hawkes, Administrative Officer, College of Arts,

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Sessional Lecturer work assignments are unionized with CUPE 3913 and their terms and conditions of work are covered by the Unit 2 Collective Agreement between the University and CUPE 3913.