Do you love creative writing? Do you enjoy working with young writers who are eager to develop their talent? If you answered “yes” to these questions, consider applying to teach at Thurber House’s children’s writing workshops and camps!

Send an email to Meg Brown, Director of Children’s Education, at megbrown@thurberhouse.org indicating your interest. Please attach your resume. Meg will set up a time to meet with you and tell you more about the teaching opportunities available. 

Thurber House teachers come from a variety of places. Some are retired schoolteachers who love creative writing, some are local freelance writers who love to teach, some are published authors who feel the need to nurture young writers, and some are MFA graduates who are still in town wondering what they will do next. The common thread is a love of writing and the enjoyment that comes from working with children. Click here to learn more about being a teacher at Thurber House.

Teachers must provide a successful background check prior to teaching at Thurber House.


Interested in teaching an adult writing class at Thurber House? Contact Anne Touvell at 614-464-1032 x10 or atouvell@thurberhouse.org. Please include your resume.


Summer Writing Camp Interns

During the summer, high school and college student interns assist with our summer writing camps for kids in second through eighth grades. We offer nine weeks of camp and have a new group of campers each week. Camps are from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day. Interns are expected to attend Monday through Friday, a minimum of one week; additional weeks are negotiable. Interns assist the camp counselors, work with the campers on activities, accompany groups on field trips, prepare snacks each day, and other duties as assigned. 

All internships are unpaid. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and lunch. If you are interested, please download the application form, fill it out, and mail it in along with a letter of interest. A Thurber House staff member will call or email you. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Falter at 614-464-1032 x13 or efalter@thurberhouse.org.

Internship applications are accepted from January through mid-March.



Our volunteers help make our programs possible. They are involved with everything from events to outreach to running the Thurber House Museum on weekends. Scheduling is flexible, but we do ask that all volunteers become committed members of the Thurber House family.

To express interest in an adult volunteer opportunity, contact Leah Wharton at lwharton@thurberhouse.org or 614-464-1032 x11.

Thurber House museum Tour Guides

Ever wanted to be a docent? Now you can! Thurber House offers a unique volunteer opportunity for those who love history and have a knack for relating a good story. Our tour guides learn all about James Thurber’s life, his writing, his cartoons, his family, and the ghostly history of the house at 77 Jefferson Ave.

Tour guides are trained to greet visitors, offer guided tours of Thurber House, and sell items in our bookstore. Shifts are on Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm. If you have weekday availability, you also have the opportunity to become a group tour guide.

Note: Tour guides must be 21 or older and must provide references. You must successfully complete training before joining the pool of scheduled tour guides.


Not a fan of public speaking? No problem! Booksellers perform all of the duties of tour guides but are not required to give guided tours. Booksellers are trained to open and close the museum, greet self-guided tour visitors, and sell items in our bookstore. Shifts are on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Note: Booksellers must be 21 or older and must provide references. You must successfully complete training before joining the pool of scheduled booksellers.

Literary Event Volunteers

Event volunteers are trained to collect tickets, hand out programs, staff the raffle table, assist with book signing lines, hand out picnic dinners, sell books and tickets, and/or other duties during Evenings with Authors, Summer Literary Picnics, and other special events.

Events are typically held on various weekday evenings at Thurber House, the Columbus Museum of Art, and other downtown locations.

Note: Event volunteers must be 18 or older and must provide references. Training begins at your first event.



Young Docents

Middle schoolers have the opportunity to become Young Docents, who go through a full learning process about James Thurber, give tours of Thurber House before our Summer Literary Picnics, and participate in seasonal decorating at the House. Click here for more information.