Literature Study Guide Writer (postgrad degree and/or teaching exp. preferred)

Job description

SuperSummary.com is a fast-growing academic study guide website that helps students, teachers, and everyday readers understand a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry texts. Our study guides are authoritative and comprehensive, written by seasoned teachers, professors, and advanced-degree holders with years of experience in their fields—including Humanities (e.g., literature, poetry, classics, theology, philosophy); Social Sciences (e.g., history, psychology, law, political science, economics); and Natural Sciences (e.g., biology, earth science). 


SuperSummary study guides cover a breadth of works for diverse audiences, including literary and genre fiction, poetry, plays, and academic and narrative nonfiction. (View our trending titles here.) Our ideal candidate is someone with a passion for reading and the ability to analyze and summarize a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles. In other words, we seek versatile writers who are interested in reading and discussing texts on a wide range of topics/genres and for both adult and middle grade/YA audiences. We're looking to develop long-term relationships with writers who want to contribute to a growing team. 

About the study guides:

  • Our study guides have a length of approximately 15,000 words. 
  • Guides include standard sections, such as: Chapter Summaries, Chapter Analyses, Character Analysis, Themes, Symbols and Motifs, Index of Terms, Important Quotations, and Essay Topics.
  • Fiction book titles we've covered: 
    Exhalation (Ted Chiang); Deacon King Kong (James McBride); and The Guest List (Lucy Foley).
  • Nonfiction book titles we’ve covered: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (Dan Egan);
    The Ballot or the Bullet
    (Malcolm X); and Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry).
  • Middle grade/YA book titles we've covered: The Inquisitor's Tale (Adam Gidwitz); Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson); and Front Desk (Kelly Lang).
  • Poetry titles we've covered: "Ozymandias" (Percy Bysshe Shelley); "We Real Cool" (Gwendolyn Brooks); and "An American Sunrise" (Joy Harjo).



About the job:

  • Writers typically complete one study guide every 4 weeks, or 10-12 per year — or more often when analyzing shorter texts.
  • Writers must be willing to write both fiction and nonfiction guides — or to specialize in poetry.
  • We offer competitive compensation and prompt payment.
  • We offer steady, long-term, and flexible freelance work.
  • This is a fully remote, contract position.

Requirements

  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience working on deadline.
  • Experience with literary analysis and academic writing.
  • Advanced degree in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.
  • Teaching experience in your discipline is a huge plus.

SuperSummary supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class.