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Sarah Zoric Selected as Residential Teaching Fellow at Bennington Writing Seminars

Sarah Zoric, an MFA student in fiction, has been selected to be the tenth Residential Teaching Fellow at Bennington Writing Seminars.

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Sarah Zoric MFA '23, an MFA student in fiction, has been selected to be the tenth Residential Teaching Fellow at Bennington Writing Seminars. The fellowship is the first of its kind in the country to offer full-time undergraduate teaching experience in a low-residency MFA format. Benefits include full tuition remission for one term, housing and board, and enrollment in an on-campus class. Zoric will begin in February.

“This competitive fellowship is a unique opportunity for our MFA students and affords them intensive teaching experience under the guidance of an established faculty member,” said Megan Culhane Galbraith, Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. “We are delighted to have Sarah as this term’s teaching fellow and I am thrilled this program continues to thrive.”

Zoric will be working with visiting literature faculty member Maria Dahvana Headley in the class Fantasy Literature: 4000 Years of Written Wonders. Zoric’s duties include grading, advising, assisting in the development of course materials, guest lecturing, and research, among other responsibilities, along with continuing her regular MFA coursework.

“I look forward to the rigorous intellectual jousting of the Bennington College classroom,” said Zoric. “To work alongside Maria Dahvana Headley on topics in Fantasy Fiction is an exciting opportunity. I bring an enthusiasm for reading, an appreciation for academia, and curiosity and respect for the students who choose Bennington for their studies.”

Zoric is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Creative Writing. Before pursuing her MFA, she spent many years working in financial services in various human resources roles. Most recently, she was the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Nomura Securities. She is now a fly fishing guide in her adopted home state of Vermont, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

The competitive teaching fellowship is open to enrolled Bennington MFA students rising into their second, third, or fourth term. Students are mentored 1:1 with the faculty member with whom they are working, and continue to work on their MFA coursework and manuscript.

For more information about the Bennington Writing Seminars, or to apply to the MFA program, please visit the website. The application deadlines are September 1 (for entry to the Winter term) and March 1 (for entry to the Summer term).