Faculty Information

2015 Dates:
Fredericksburg, VA October 1, 2 & 3, 2015 Proposals due April 1, 2015
Minneapolis, MN November 12, 13 & 14, 2015 Proposals due April 1, 2015
2016 Dates:
Atlanta, GA March 10, 11 & 12, 2016 Proposals due August 1, 2015
Lakeland, FL March 17, 18 & 19, 2016
Proposals due August 1, 2015
Cleveland, OH March 31, April 1 & 2, 2016 Proposals due August 1, 2015
Worcester, MA April 7, 8 & 9, 2016 Proposals due August 1, 2015
Fredericksburg, VA Sept 29, 30 & Oct. 1, 2016 Proposals due April 1, 2016
Minneapolis, MN November 10, 11 & 12, 2016 Proposals due April 1, 2016
More 2016 events to be announced!

If you’ve wondered about teaching at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo but weren’t sure how to become part of the faculty, this page should help you get started. We recommend you take a little time to learn about the Educational Program at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo before you send in a class proposal. Whether you’re a returning or aspiring faculty member, this page will help orient you to who we are, what we’re looking for in classroom experiences for attendees and the things you should consider as you apply to teach at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.

Please review the 2015 Faculty Terms and Guidelines.

How to submit Class Proposals:
Submitting class proposal information is now a two-step process via our online forms:
  1. First, complete the initial Events and Class Proposals Form, where you will have the ability to select which cities you would like to participate in as well as include up to five class ideas per email.
  2. If your hands-on class proposal has been selected to be included in the class program, we will notify you and require you to complete the Class Detail Form, which will allow us to represent your class accurately to the public and help us enable you to deliver the best class possible for both you and your students.
In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions:

Questions? Call us 888-699-6309
Marlene Ingraham – ext. 207
Alex Woodbury - ext. 201

About Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Education
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is dedicated to providing exciting, high-quality classroom experiences at each and every event. Faculty members are experienced and passionate about their subjects. They bring essential techniques, innovative approaches and current trends to students in seminars and workshops morning, noon and/or night for three days in each Expo location.

Time spent in Original Sewing & Quilt Expo classrooms greatly affects how attendees remember their Expo experience. Over the years the Educational Program at the Expo has proven to be positive and fulfilling, motivating attendees to return each year with a hunger to learn more.

With that in mind, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo remains committed to providing a unique, comprehensive, varied and regionally appropriate educational program at every event. Teacher and class choices represent our best judgment about the market and the caliber and profile of the teacher and subject matter offered, particularly as it relates to other material being presented at the event. Workshops and lectures should be developed to share the newest ideas, techniques, products and trends with students at the Expo.

One critical note is that each teacher must be associated with a booth at the Expo. This can be a faculty member’s own booth or that of a corporate or retail sponsor. The connection between classroom and vendor booths is important, as students expect to find materials related to class content – supplies, tools, books and so on – when they shop in the Exhibit Hall after class. This is an essential part of students’ ability to use what they’ve learned in class, and to their year-long satisfaction and creative fulfillment as active enthusiasts.

Writing Your Class Descriptions
Please submit as many class ideas as you wish. Be sure your description contains some sizzle and lots of steak! We need to know how students will benefit from the class information, what hurdles they will overcome and new inspiration they’ll find, what new concepts they’ll learn about, what they’ll leave knowing or having done (learning or projects), and so on – that’s the steak. The sizzle is where you reveal your approach, help us get to know your style or create emotional response in the reader.

Not confident in your writing skills? Don’t worry! We edit and re-edit for content, space and, of course, maximum appeal before we publish. We talk with you to begin with, and class edits are shared back and forth until we have what we – you, the teacher, and we, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – have exactly what we need.
Some questions your class proposal should answer:
  • What will I learn in this class? (techniques or ideas)
  • How will I learn it? (the process or approach)
  • What will I go home with after class? (new ideas, skills, fully/partially completed project, etc.)
  • What will I be able to do once I have taken this class? (where else will I use my new knowledge or skills, what can I make now that I couldn’t make before, etc.)
As space in classrooms and in the printed event brochure is at a premium, becoming part of the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Faculty is invaluable for all parties involved, and all classes chosen for publication are carefully considered with this in mind. Teachers who offer new, original and exciting material, whose personality and passion are revealed in their class offerings and who bring fresh and inventive class descriptions to the Expo are exactly what we’re looking for.

Classes are promoted for their educational content, and students must feel they’ve received what we’ve promised. To that end, we make every attempt to maintain appropriate educational standards in the classrooms at the Expo. Students should walk away with knowledge, ideas and inspiration they can use immediately, whether or not they decide to make immediate purchases. We are looking for faculty members who can provide solid education, support others’ creativity, personal fulfillment and satisfaction, and help students with idea and confidence-building in the classroom. Hard-sell language and repetitive references to one’s own products during class are discouraged. (Students are not shy about complaining if they feel they’ve paid for an hour-long “infomercial”.) Faculty members who disregard this policy will not be invited to submit class proposals in the future.

Over and over we find a good teacher always excites students about her or his specialty and purchases naturally follow. Sales activity is not permitted in the classroom. Sales – even mail-order requests – must take place inside the Exhibit Hall. The only exception to this may be for evening classes, after which the Exhibit Hall is not open. These teachers may bring product to class on a limited basis, with the understanding all sales activity is conducted after the class has ended.

Where you are promoted:
Faculty members are prominently featured in the printed event brochure; at www.sewingexpo.com on the Faculty Page and in both the PDF and unabridged versions of the event brochure; and, wherever possible, in a special interest newspaper section distributed prior to the event in local newspapers and at the Expo as the Show Program. This invaluable promotion alerts attendees to specific class content and special interests of Expo Faculty members, allowing them to plan for shopping throughout the Expo with faculty members and/or their sponsoring retailers.

Things to remember: 
  1.  Those wishing to be considered for teaching positions must submit class proposals, samples, any audio/visual requests and your photo and biography by the posted deadlines. The logistics in creating an excellent program force our hand and our calendar. We appreciate your understanding and all your efforts in taking care of required details – details which go a long way in helping to produce a satisfying and profitable event for everyone.

  2. All teachers at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo are required to provide an informational handout for each student in class that supports, explains or enhances the classroom learning experience. This can be as simple as an outline of topics covered in class (with space for notes), directions to a technique described in class or a bibliography of related books or pattern numbers. (A price list of products is not the type of informational handout we are asking for.) Sample copies of handouts must accompany all class proposals. Final copies of all handouts must be in our office at least 30 days in advance of each event.

  3. From time to time questions arise about personal appearances in Expo cities before or after the event. Original Sewing & Quilt Expo takes great care to balance the educational program in each city, and request that Faculty Members respect the following:

    When we bring Original Sewing & Quilt Expo to a city, we spend tens of thousands of dollars on promotion to make it a success. We expect every instructor and exhibitor in the program to respect this investment and to contribute actively to the effort to bring all enthusiasts to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.

    Any scheduled personal appearances by featured instructors (with guilds and independent sewing retailers, for example) should occur outside the core marketing region (about a 2 hour drive) of the events during the 90 days immediately prior to or following Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. This arrangement also benefits the sponsoring organization or retailer, since their promotional dollars aren’t competing with Original Sewing & Quilt Expo promotions. Limiting personal appearances to the areas outside the primary event marketing radius – and calendar months – is the best way to keep everybody busy, happy and profitable.