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MORGAN KAYSER

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Fiction

University of Pittsburgh

Also earned Certificate in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy and Rhetoric

August 2013-April 2016

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing

Florida State University

August 2009- April 2012

Psychology minor

Graduated magna cum laude with honors a year early due to high course load

TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATION

Visiting Lecturer

University of Pittsburgh

Teach 18 course credits a year as full-time faculty

Courses taught:

August 2017-present

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Seminar in Composition (Fall ‘17, Spring ‘18, Fall ’18, Spring ’19, Fall

‘19)

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Written Professional Communication (Spring ’18, Spring ’19, Fall ‘19)

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Persuasive Writing in Advertising (Fall ’18, Fall ‘19)

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Introduction to Fiction Writing (Fall ’19)

Serve on Writing Awards committee and judge the Taube Undergraduate Fiction Award (’18, ’19)

Participate in Seminar in Composition Assessment (’18, ’19)

Have also assisted with social media (‘18), participated in assignment workshops for Seminar in Composition and Written Professional Communication (‘18)

Assistant Director of Public and Professional Writing

University of Pittsburgh

Plan events, marketing, and outreach to promote Public and Professional Writing courses and major

Assist Director in other tasks as assigned

August 2019-present

Residential Program Director

University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop

Over the summers: supervise a team of 16 counselors/teachers and an Assistant Residential Program Director at an intensive high school residential writing workshop, observe classes and workshop teaching strategies, mediate conflict among staff and around 100 students, ensure welfare of workshop participants, organize and schedule programming, communicate with parents, facilitate day-to-day operations, teach 2-4 elective courses a summer

Year-round: manage all social media, write monthly newsletters and other communications, perform alumni outreach, interview and hire residential staff, create

January 2017-present

and implement Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign

Instructor

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Taught a five-session introductory fiction course called “So you want to write a story?” to a group of 28 students age 55+

February-March 2018

Part-Time Instructor

University of Pittsburgh

Taught two sections (Fall 2016) and one section (Spring 2017) of Seminar in Composition as part-time faculty

Focused on underrepresented voices to inspire creative composition both in essay and digital media

August 2016- April 2017

Assistant Residential Program Director

University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop

Lead team of 16 counselors/teachers in instructing, supervising, entertaining, and maintaining welfare of around 100 high school students at a time at an intensive residential writing workshop

Assisted Residential Program Director and other administrators with office work and

Summer 2015, 2016

general management of programming (coursework, readings, slam poetry contests, socials, etc.) and mediation of any conflicts between students or staff

Managed social media and photographed all events, gained 100 new Facebook followers and increased page/post views up to 500%

Student-Athlete Tutor

ASSSA at University of Pittsburgh

August 2013- June 2016

Proofread student work for grammar, helped students with reading comprehension, conducted conferences about improving essay structure and content

Instructor/Teaching Assistantship

University of Pittsburgh

Instructor of record for one course a semester under a teaching assistantship

Courses taught: Seminar in Composition (Fall 2014, Spring 2015) and Introduction to Fiction (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

As a first-year teacher, I received pedagogical training through Pitt’s Committee for the Evaluation and Advancement of Teaching (CEAT)

August 2014-April 2016

Visiting Writer

Malone University

January 2015

Read and discussed a piece of my work, participated in two Q&A sessions, taught Master Class on characterization to undergraduates

Residential Teacher-Counselor

University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop

Taught a writing lab to around 15 fiction students every morning, taught a fun

Summer 2012, 2013, 2014

elective class (for example, children’s writing) six times a summer, workshopped student work and conferenced as necessary, assisted the lead instructor in the afternoon workshop, monitored the well-being of 7-11 girls in my “suite”

Received conflict-resolution and emergency-management training, as well as education training that earned me graduate credit in teaching young writers

EDITING, COPYWRITING, AND OTHER WORK

Freelance Copywriter

Accelerate Education

Summer 2015, 2018

Provided creative nonfiction, flash fiction, speeches, and literary analysis for online high school English courses according to a set curriculum

Part-time Nanny

Various Pittsburgh families

Typically responsible for babies aged newborn to 18 months 2-3 days a week

August 2016 – June 2018

Freelance Copywriter Wellspring Whole Health—Pittsburgh, PA

Wrote copy for website, blogs, social media

Freelance Copywriter

INHABIT Real Estate Collective—Pittsburgh, PA

July 2016-October 2016

January 2016-October 2016

Wrote copy for website, MLS listings, e-mail campaigns, newsletters, press releases, job postings, etc.

Conducted interviews with and photographed members of the community (investors, developers, interesting homeowners, etc.) and created blog content

Conferenced with brokerage founder on team’s message, mission, and how to translate those ideas into copy

Publicity Assistant/Intern

KTK Publicity—Pittsburgh, PA

September 2015-December 2015

Researched best media fits for our clients’ publicity and pitched coverage to those media outlets

Ghost wrote and edited content (mostly interior design focused) for Huffington Post

blogs

Speakeasy Reading Series Organizer

University of Pittsburgh

Managed social media presence, scheduled and communicated with readers, organized events

August 2014-April 2015

Honors in the Major Thesis program

Florida State University

January 2011-April 2012

Worked under poet Barbara Hamby, novelist Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and religion in fantasy literature professor Sonya Cronin to write three short stories, mostly magic

realism, heavily influenced by Southern setting and tradition of Southern writers

Editor in Chief

The Yeti at Florida State University

Published progressive newsmagazine both online and in two 32-page print editions a semester with a print run of 2,500.

Edited all stories/design, lead meetings, pitched story ideas, made budget decisions, oversaw and sold advertising, organized distribution, taught journalism workshops, served as liaison with Campus Progress (national sponsoring organization)

August 2010- April 2012

News Editor

The Yeti at Florida State University

Edited stories, pitched story ideas, wrote high-priority articles, conferenced with writers

August 2009-May 2010

PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS

“Hallowed and Hollow” — Hippocampus Magazine

March 2017

“A Little Bird Told Me” — TriQuarterly Review — Issue 151

January 2017

Kudzu” — Outlook Springs — Issue 2

November 2016

“Maybe I Need This” Turow-Kinder Award — First Place

April 2015

“How to Build a Dresser” — The Yearbook Office

February 2015

Unzipped Skin” — The Molotov Cocktail – Vol. 4, Issue 11

September 2013

George M. Harper Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Writing

April 2012

 

CONFERENCE READINGS/PRESENTATIONS

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Tampa, Florida

March 2017

Read at TriQuarterly Magazine’s 59 th Anniversary Reading

English Department Graduate Exchange

October 2014

University of Pittsburgh

Read/took questions on story “Into the Deep” for anthropomorphic/horror themed presentation

ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference

Virginia Tech

Read short story, “Due West,” and answered questions in panel discussion between ACC colleges

March 2012

Undergraduate Research Symposium Florida State University

March 2012

Read short story, “Due West,” and answered questions in panel discussion

Campus Progress Journalism Training Summit

Washington, D.C.

Attended workshops and lectures at summit of Campus Progress-funded publications

January 2012

Student at University of Virginia Young Writer’s Workshop

Spent three weeks studying fiction as a student of a selective summer program

July 2008

TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE

Microsoft Word, Google Docs (excellent)

Microsoft Powerpoint, Prezi (excellent)

Wordpress, Blogger, Google Sites (excellent)

Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite (excellent)

Google Sheets, Excel (moderate)

InDesign, Publisher (moderate)

Audacity, Garage Band (moderate)

Photography and photo editing (moderate)

Videography and video editing (moderate)