Q: How do I apply to be an author for a Tapestry of
A: The best way is to
respond to a Call for Authors.
Once a program is planned
and scheduled, the Lifespan Faith Development’s curriculum office will post a
Call for Authors. The Call will give you information on the name, theme, and
number of sessions of the program, the ages the program addresses, the time
frame for writing the program, how to apply, and who to contact if you have
questions. It will also detail any special qualifications or skills needed.
Most programs will ask you
to submit an application consisting of the following:
A resume or curriculum
A cover letter introducing
yourself and answering the following questions:
Why would you like to be
considered as a writer for the Tapestry of Faith curriculum?
What is your experience
with Unitarian Universalism?
Do you prefer to work on
your own or with a co-author?
In which age group(s) and
content area(s) do you have expertise?
What skills and interests
would you bring to your writing?
What three attributes of
curriculum are most important to consider when designing/writing a religious
What support would you
need to write curricula for Unitarian Universalist faith development programs?
At least one sample of
your curriculum writing
Q: Where are Calls for Authors posted? How often do
you call for authors?
A: Call for Authors are
issued as needed, so it is best to check regularly. A Call for Authors will be
included in the monthly congregational mailing; submitted to the REACH list,
LREDA list and UUMA list; and posted at www.uua.org/tapestryoffaith.
Q: If I
miss the deadline for a call, may I still apply?
A: Calls for Authors always
contain a deadline to fit the projected schedule for the program. All
applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Applications received
after the deadline might be reviewed if the authors have not yet been
Q: Is it best to apply as an individual or
co-author with another writer?
A: We accept applications
from both individuals and pairs of writers. If you and an associate wish to
write as a team, submit your applications together. Sometimes, the UUA Tapestry
of Faith staff team invites individual authors to partner together as co-authors
because we believe the combination of skills and experiences of the two would
significantly benefit both.
Q: What attributes and skills should potential
authors possess? Do I have to be Unitarian Universalist? Do I need to have
teaching and/or curriculum development experience?
A: First and foremost, we
are looking for people who can bring creativity and depth to Unitarian
Universalist faith development in age-appropriate ways.
While authors do not have to
be Unitarian Universalists, they do need to be familiar with and committed to
Unitarian Universalist values and Principles.
Our authors include lifelong
UUs, recent UUs, and a few non-UUs.
We are looking for skilled
writers who can articulate their ideas in writing for others to easily
understand and apply. Remember that you will be writing instructions for
religious education leaders to follow. You need to be able to write these
instructions clearly, concisely and completely.
Though writing skills are
needed, you do not have to be a published curriculum writer. Our developmental
editors will support authors who are qualified in other areas and wish to expand
their curriculum writing skills.
Familiarity with UU
religious education philosophy and practice is important. Experience in UU
religious education programming is also important, although not required.
Demonstrable experience with children, youth or adults in the age range you
would be writing for is essential.
You may have other skills
that could be valuable to Tapestry of Faith. We seek a diversity of life
experiences, theologies, and cultural connections to enrich the tapestry. Social
justice work, experiences as a member of a marginalized people and professional
experience in a specific field of study are a few such life experiences that
might make you the ideal candidate to write a program.
Q: If I respond to one Call for Authors, will my
application be considered for future programs in need of
A: Applications are kept on
file. However, to guarantee that your application will be considered for another
program, you should respond to each Call for Authors of interest to you by
submitting a cover letter, as described above.
Tapestry of Faith authors paid for their work?
A: Yes. Upon hiring, authors
enter into a contractual agreement that ties compensation into the completion of
project benchmarks (or deadlines). Compensation is based upon successfully
meeting each benchmark by its due date.
Q: How does the writing process work? Are authors
instructed in what to write or do they decide what topics the program will
A: Authors work closely with
the developmental editors and others in the LFD Tapestry of Faith team to
develop the program. Though the Call for Authors will include a description of
the program as envisioned by the staff, the author’s vision will also shape the
program. Potential authors are asked to present an outline and overview of their
original ideas for the program. Once hired, staff and authors work together to
develop the ultimate content of the program, including the themes, stories, and
activities. Throughout the months of the writing process, the author’s work is
reviewed by the developmental editor and the Director of Lifespan Faith
Development. The author uses feedback from the Director and the editor for
revisions. Working together with the LFD staff provides support for authors
while allowing for creative input and realization.
Q: Do I
need to be computer savvy?
A: You will need to submit
your work in a MS Word template that is provided to you. You should be
comfortable using a word processing program, but you do not need to be a
Q: Are authors responsible for obtaining permission
to use copyrighted material?
A: Yes, authors are
responsible for seeking permission to use copyrighted material. LFD will help by
providing guidelines and other resources, and the UUA, not the author, pays
Q: Who owns the rights to the material authors write
for Tapestry of Faith?
A: The UUA owns the rights
to all the work described in the author’s contract.
Q: May I submit my resume even though there is not an
active Call for Authors?
A: Resumes and writing
samples can be submitted to LFD at any time. You may send resumes to
email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, to guarantee that your
application will be considered, you should also respond to each Call for Authors
of programs of interest to you by submitting a cover letter as described
Q: I have an idea for a program I would like to
write. How do I submit a proposal?
A: Proposals for new
Tapestry of Faith programs are reviewed by the developmental editors of each age
group. Like resumes, they can be submitted to email@example.com or jfrediani @ uua.org. Proposals should explain the theme,
goals, and structure of the program, as well as the population it will serve. It
is also helpful to include an outline detailing each session’s theme, story, and
a few possible associated activities.
Q: Aside from authors, what other specialists are
A: The Tapestry of Faith
project uses storywriters, musicians, photographers, and graphic artists on a
consultant basis as well as free-lance editors and proof-readers. To be
considered, submit a resume, cover letter, and electronic portfolio to religiouseducation @ uua.org.
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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