Jack Gantos

For Teachers

Teacher Workshops & Conferences

Including Library and other professional associations

Presentations tailored to the organization’s theme and needs

Teaching Experience

I became an Adjunct Instructor at Emerson College in 1978. In 1986 I received a full time position as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature in both the Undergraduate and Graduate divisions. In 1992 I became an Associate Professor. In 1993 I accepted the Graduate Coordinator position for the MA degree in Creative and Professional Writing. In 1995 I received full tenure and was offered the Chairmanship of the combined Creative and Professional Writing Program. I resigned my position in 1996, to gain time for writing books.

​I have been on many core, all-college, and divisional Committees: Status, Faculty Council, Graduate Council, Curriculum, Library, Chair Evaluation, Presidential Search, Thesis, Readings. I was the faculty advisor for the Emerson Literary magazine.

​In 1993 and 1995 I taught summer courses in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of New Mexico. In 1996 I became a core faculty member for the low residency MFA Program in Children’s Writing at Norwich/Vermont College. I am also a frequent speaker at Book, Library, Teacher, Literacy and Author Conferences throughout the country and overseas.

​I built the Emerson MA/MFA degree concentration in Children’s Book Writing and Literature and designed the MFA degree in Children’s Literature and Writing at Norwich/Vermont College.

Presentations & Workshops for Students

Jack offers creative writing and literature sessions (online and in-person*) for all ages: from primary grade picture books, to elementary and middle grade journals and short stories, high school short stories, novels, and memoirs. In addition, Jack has specific teacher writing workshops for all grade levels and talks for conferences and professional associations tailored to their needs.