FAQ for parents, teachers, and those working with youth

Where do I find out about the San Francisco Unified School District’s arts programs?

Contact the Visual and Performing Arts Office of the SFUSD at 415/750-8630.

What art classes do you offer?

The Arts Commission does not directly offer arts classes. You may check with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, City College of San Francisco and the City-owned Cultural Centers.

How does my school or site get a WritersCorps teacher?

Sites must apply and meet minimum guidelines to receive a Teacher/Artist-in-Residence. Site selections are generally made the summer before each school year, with an application deadline of July 1. There is currently a waiting list, but some sites are given priority based on need, neighborhood and targeted age groups. Contact the Program Manager for more information, 415/ 252-4655.

How can I become a WritersCorps teacher?

We hire teachers once a year in June for nine-month residencies starting in October.

  1. Minimum two years’ experience teaching writing or language arts to youth;
  2. Evidence of literary accomplishment;
  3. Minimum one year of prior community service.

We welcome volunteers to help with events from January through June and other special projects throughout the year. For more information, go to the WritersCorps website.

How can teens and young adults attend WritersCorps workshops?

Teens and young adults are welcome to join WritersCorps workshops at the San Francisco Public Library. Ten- to twelve-week sessions are offered year round. There are opportunities to meet new writers, publish and share your work with the public. Check this section of the website for more information about WritersCorps.

How can teens and young adults intern with WritersCorps?

Internships with the WritersCorps Program are offered January through June to WritersCorps youth and WritersCorps alumni. Contact the Youth Intern Coordinator at 415/252-4655 to get an application or learn more about the program. Spaces are limited. The deadline is in December.