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Lead Teaching Artist for Spring Break Children's Book Camp

About the Camp

Over OUSD’s spring break, April 2-6, we will welcome eight 3rd and 4th graders in for a week-long Children’s Book Writing Camp. Our vision is to immerse these young writers in the wonderment of bringing a book to life: meeting many local children’s book authors and illustrators throughout the week, visiting libraries and bookstores and other inspirational locations (Fairyland, OMCA...) along the way. Kids will also be writing and storyboarding their own books throughout the week, and each will finish a story and get assigned to a professional illustrator who will bring their book to life.

After the camp has concluded and the stories are in, illustrators will finish the artwork and we will have the books professionally designed and printed for publication to be released at a book fair and reading this June. These youth imprints will then be sold in our store, local book stores, and will be in circulation in our Oakland Public Libraries.


About the Teaching Artist Role

We are looking for an experienced children’s book writer and educator with elementary level classroom management experience who can create a camp outline, teaching plan, and writing curriculum that will engage students throughout the week of spring break, inspiring them to write and storyboard books that reflect their experiences. We want to instill both a joy and a confidence in writing by giving our young participants the opportunity to meet authors and become authors themselves.

You will work with a camp coordinator who will take care of parent communications, permissions slips, travel logistics, guest author wrangling, technology, supplies, and food.

The camp will be held at Chapter 510’s writing center (though field tripping will be encouraged!), and you, as the teaching artist will be doing most of the writing and storyboarding instruction.  



We are offering $2,250 for this role, which includes 30 hours in class, overseeing the camp/direct instruction, and 15 hours of prep time creating the plan + staff meetings. Our Teaching Artist rate is $50/hr.

If you are interested in this opportunity, email with a cover letter and cv by March 9.


Paid Illustrators Needed for Spring Break Children’s Book Camp

About Chapter 510

Our mission: to help every young person in the East Bay write with confidence and joy.

Chapter 510 is a youth writing center made in Oakland, California. Side-by-side with local educators, our teaching artists and volunteers provide a supportive community and safe space for Oakland youth aged 6-18 so they can bravely write and publish their own words.

We believe that when kids and teens can confidently write, they transform themselves and their communities for the better.

Illustrator’s Role in our Spring Break Camp

We are looking for artists to illustrate 8 youth-written children’s books penned during our upcoming Children’s Book Writing Camp for 3rd & 4th graders.

The camp is free for low-income families, is limited to 8 young writers, and will take place during the OUSD spring break from April 2-6. Each participant will, over the course of the week, write their very own children’s book reflecting their own lives and perspectives to be illustrated!

Illustrators must be able to commit to meeting with 1-3 young writers during the camp, then once the camp is over, work to bring their book(s) to life with 3-4 simple illustrations and one simple cover illustration (lettering optional).

We will then take students stories and your illustrations and have the books professionally designed and printed for publication to be released at a book fair and reading this June. These youth imprints will then be sold in our store, local book stores, and will be in circulation in our Oakland Public Libraries.


We will pay illustrators $250 per book for 1-3 books. We value Oakland artists, and your time and talents, so again, illustrations can be very simple. If you are interested in bringing our 3rd and 4th grade writers' books to life email with a link to your work or with attached work samples.

Volunteer Illustrators Needed for Weekly Field Trips

Come take part is weekly Storytelling & Bookmaking Field Trips and bring stories to life as students tell them! Our free filed trips and take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-12:30, and guide OUSD classrooms in a collaborative storytelling journey. Stories are typed by a scribe and live-drawn by an illustrator, and each young author will leave with a book produced right here in our bookmaking studio by the time they leave

This is a volunteer role! We ask artists to dedicate an hour and half between 10-11:30 to draw stories as they are told, three illustrations max! Our kids are always blown away by our illustrations; your impact on their confidence as writers is powerful. It's a great way to connect and give back to young Oakland. Email if you are interested in joining our crew of volunteer artists!

Spring Internships
Now - June 15, 2018
12/hrs per week minimum at our center here in Oakland, CA

We're looking for 2-3 interns to help our writing center grow and thrive this coming spring!

About You

You are a person who loves writing, Oakland, and empowering youth through education. You are passionate but patient, and feel comfortable interacting with large, diverse groups of people of all ages.

You definitely have:

-Great communication skills

-A great sense of humor

-Strong writing and editing skills

-Experience using Google Apps

-An interest in writing, bookmaking, and/or education

-An excellent work ethic and attention to detail

We will love you even more if you have:

-Knowledge of social media best practices

-Proficiency in a second language

-Passion for and experience with fundraising (CRM management is a huge plus!)

-An interest in placemaking and/or merchandising

-Publishing/Editorial experience

-Graphic design experience. Comfortable using Photoshop, In Design, and/or Illustrator.

About the Internship Program

Chapter 510 is looking for spring interns to help us with communications, event and store management, program management, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment, as well as help us think, write, and make around the developing programs at our emerging writing center. This spring we will be running a high school workshop for queer teens, a children's book writing spring break camp for elementary-aged students, field trips at our center, an epic poetry writing day at Acorn Elementary, and more!

More generally, we need a sharp team of dedicated interns who want to help build and run a quickly growing Oakland literary nonprofit and retail center/art space.

Internship work may include any to all of the following:

-Publishing, book design, and bookmaking

-Social media, communications, marketing, and media relations

-Fundraising campaign and donor management

-Event planning and execution

-Creating and copy-editing website content

-Blog writing

-Newsletter building

-Retail store management

-Merchandising (concept to completion)

-Tutoring and leading classrooms

-General nonprofit management


This is a volunteer-based/non-paid internship. However, in addition to the free burritos, water (hot and cold!), coffee, cookies, and good cheer, we offer our interns many opportunities to grow professionally here at Chapter 510. We encourage all team members to pursue areas of interest and run with new ideas and projects. Also, as a new and emerging nonprofit, we give our interns a chance to be a meaningful part of building our organization. It's a great way to learn what it takes to start your own organization, project, or business!

We also have a high job placement rate post-internship as we are well connected with the Bay Area nonprofit sector. We love to see our interns off to fulfilling jobs and grad school programs (though we wish they would not move so far away when they do so!).

How To Apply

If you are interested in becoming an intern for Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe this fall email with a résumé, and cover letter discussing relevant experience, why Chapter 510 appeals to you in particular, what you hope to get out of the internship, and when you would be available.

Chapter 510 is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our interns, volunteers, and staff with ongoing career development opportunities.