We strive to have accurate bios for everyone involved at the Loft. Unfortunately, managing 400+ bios each year takes a lot of time. We are going to now update existing bios twice a year. If you already have an existing bio on this page and would like to update either your photo or your bio, you must submit a new one through this system by the two deadlines. The two deadlines each year are March 1 and August 1. If you miss a deadline, you will need to wait until the next update period. We will make every effort to have all bios updated by the end of the month in March and August. 

You will need two things to complete this: 

1. A bio, written in third person. 
2. As high of a resolution photo as possible (ideally 300 dpi, but if large enough, we can work with 72 dpi). If you save a thumbnail from a website and send it to us, it will not work for print purposes. We can use an author photo or a book cover image, but the images are best if they are vertical or square rather than horizontal in perspective.

Marketing and Communications Intern (1 position)

Fall semester position (September – December 2018)
15-20 hours per week, primarily daytime, Tuesday – Friday

Stipend: The Loft Marketing & Communication Intern will be paid a $1000 stipend, disbursed biweekly throughout the internship term. Students who are eligible for a Great Lakes Career Ready Internship grant at Augsburg or Hamline can apply to receive an increased amount through their school.

Loft internships offer a flexible and enjoyable workplace, excellent supervision and mentoring, and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Loft’s social media communities; create and curate engaging, clickable content relevant to the mission of the Loft, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Assist in developing and coordinating content for the Loft’s blog, Writers’ Block. This includes the writing, editing, and publishing of blog posts. 
  • Assist with event planning and the execution of select events. 
  • Assist with the development and publication of marketing materials such as ads, flyers, brochures, and catalogs. 
  • Research and maintain a targeted media list. 
  • Assess external communications patterns with fresh eyes.

Qualifications:  

  • A demonstrated interest in learning more about arts organizations and nonprofit marketing and communications;
  • An educational background in the humanities, communications, or marketing;
  • Demonstrated writing ability;
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office);
  • Familiarity with a broad spectrum of social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blog engines.
  • Experience in graphic design and familiarity with InDesign and Photoshop is a plus.

The ideal candidate will be organized, detail oriented, creative, and open-minded, with the ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with others. This position is flexible and personalized to suit the intern's strengths and interest areas; interns are both encouraged to take on responsibilities that suit their skillsets and given opportunities to build new skills in a wide variety of marketing, PR, and communications areas. This internship is supervised by the Marketing & PR Coordinator, who works in close collaboration with the intern. 


To Apply: Please prepare MS Word or PDF documents that include a resumé, a cover letter, and a writing sample. You may submit as separate files or as one collected file (to submit multiple files, please click on “Add Files” and then Shift-Select multiple files). Submit by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call to check on your status. You will receive a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was successfully submitted. If you would like to make a change to your application, you can withdraw it at any point using your Submittable account and then resubmit.  


Finalists will be contacted for interviews. Once the position is filled, all applicants will be notified. 

Wordplay Program Intern (1 position)
 

Fall semester position (September – December 2018)

15-20 hours per week, primarily daytime, Tuesday – Friday

Stipend: The Loft Wordplay Intern will be paid a $1000 stipend, disbursed biweekly throughout the internship term. Students who are eligible for a Great Lakes Career Ready Internship grant at Augsburg or Hamline can apply to receive an increased amount through their school.

Loft internships offer a flexible and enjoyable workplace, excellent supervision and mentoring, and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage Wordplay submissions database.
  • Research and maintain potential author list. 
  • Assist in curation of Wordplay programs. 
  • Assist with updating Wordplay website with relevant author, sponsor, and vendor details. 
  • Work with literary director on strategies for community outreach. 

Qualifications:  

  • A demonstrated interest in learning more about arts organizations and nonprofit programming;
  • An educational background in the humanities, communications, or marketing;
  • Demonstrated writing ability;
  • Basic computer skills (MS Office);
  • Familiarity with contemporary author and publishers 
  • Experience in graphic design and familiarity with InDesign and Photoshop is a plus.

The ideal candidate will be organized, detail oriented, creative, and open-minded, with the ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with others. This position is flexible and personalized to suit the intern's strengths and interest areas; interns are both encouraged to take on responsibilities that suit their skill sets and given opportunities to build new skills in a wide variety of literary nonprofit, event programming, and curating areas. This internship is supervised by the Wordplay Director, who works in close collaboration with the intern. 

To Apply: Please prepare MS Word or PDF documents that include a resumé, a cover letter, and a writing sample. You may submit as separate files or as one collected file (to submit multiple files, please click on “Add Files” and then Shift-Select multiple files). Submit by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call to check on your status. You will receive a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was successfully submitted. If you would like to make a change to your application, you can withdraw it at any point using your Submittable account and then resubmit.  

Finalists will be contacted for interviews. Once the position is filled, all applicants will be notified. 

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About the Loft: Founded in 1974 (incorporated in 1975), the Loft is a haven for readers and writers; one of the largest centers of its kind of the country. Our mission is to advance the artistic development of writers, foster a thriving literary community, and inspire a passion for literature.

This work is essential. We believe that story, verse, and writing aren’t just nice things to have, or to put up on a shelf, but are core to a full existence. At their best, words help us connect, entertain, mourn, provoke, educate, and empathize.

We accomplish our work by bringing essential conversations, artists, readers, and learning opportunities together under one roof.

About Wordplay: The Loft’s Wordplay will take place May 11–12, 2019 and aims to be the biggest party for words Minnesota has ever seen. Imagine a weekend full of famous authors and celebrated books; a weekend of readings, conversations, workshops, kids’ activities, demonstrations, and one-of-a-kind happenings with outdoor stages, cooking stages, book signings, quiet reading corners, boisterous parties, food trucks, beer tents, and books, books, books.

Minnesota has one of the most celebrated literary communities in the country. We are rich with presses, locally owned bookstores, author events, writing classes, and great writers. We are perennially ranked one of the most literate communities in the country. A community like ours deserves a big party for books like Wordplay.

There will be something for every reader at Wordplay and most events will be free. Whether your book club reads literary fiction or paranormal zombie romance, whether you get your books at your library or on your e-reader, or even if the last book you read was a movie, this festival will be for you. Wordplay’s mission is to celebrate the ways in which people connect to and through words and welcomes anyone who shares a belief in the connective power of story.

Proposals for online creative writing classes for Winter & Spring 2019 classes are now being accepted and are due September 17, 2018 at midnight. 

This form is for online classes only. If you are submitting an in-person class, please submit it in the in-person category.

WINTER/SPRING THEME

Our theme for winter/spring 2019 will be Needs. We will be using this definition for the theme: 

No human can exist without food, water, and safety. After that, we need a reason to get up, explore, and connect. As Joan Didion said, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Through the sharing of ideas and experiences we come to understand the world around us and imagine what it might be like to wander in someone else's shoes. 

The Loft believes that stories are a basic need. But how do stories teach us to live well? Why do we react with outrage or joy from news stories about people we've never met? Are there poems that get you out of bed in the morning? Do you read to your child (or to yourself) in order to sleep at night? Through the theme of Needs, the Loft will explore the ways in which the written word unpacks need and helps keep us alive, nourished, and connected. 

We're very open to your ideas and approaches to this theme, but some examples of classes that might work well in it include an exploration of a specific need like food, water, or safety. This could take the form of something simple like food writing or something a little more complicated like how characters express safety. It could also be a class exploring how the urgency of need differs from want in terms of motivation and action. It could be a creative process class about how we nourish ourselves as writers and what we turn to for inspiration. It could be a class exploring writing for gatherings: how do we write, express, and connect with each other through joy or pain at big events such as funerals or weddings. In short, you can do a lot around this topic and we want to hear your ideas too. Email Kurtis (kscaletta@loft.org) if you have a specific idea for this and want to run it by her before writing a proposal.    

What We're Looking For

Multiweek classes for writers in any genre or at any level. We are always looking for creative writing classes for adults in all genres and for all levels. Our students have a range of skill levels, commitment, and interests. We hope any writer looking in our catalog will find the class that's perfect for them.

Strong and flexible lesson plans. Online classes give writers opportunities to engage with the teaching artist and one another, while also providing content, instruction, and writing prompts students can work through on their own time.

Teaching artists with track records in writing and/or teaching, preferably both. An emphasis on teaching adults in an enrichment environment is preferred for teaching basics and beginner classes, success in writing (publications, awards, etc.) is preferred for more advanced classes.

Needs for Winter & Spring 2019

At least two long-term (12-week) classes with specific writing and publishing goals Teaching artist must have a proven track record of writing in the target field and teaching experience. Please address the outcomes of the class in your short and long description. Note that these classes may involve more contact hours per week as they are likely to include more private critique and feedback. Also note that we want these classes to run regularly. In Fall 2018 we ran classes on writing the novel, writing the personal essay, and assembling a chapbook of poems. You may try to build on these ideas or appeal to writers in different genres, e.g., "write and sell your screenplay," or "getting serious about revision."

At least four low-stakes, low commitment classes with higher enrollments than our normal classes. Estimate the amount of work for students to be about one hour a week (most are two hours or more). Students should not be promised significant personalized feedback on their writing, since this is not sustainable in a high enrollment class; there may be (limited) opportunities to share their work. Classes can be driven by fun, low-stakes writing prompts or specific goals like formatting a novel for submission or writing a query letter.

Classes for resolutioners. Any format of class (low-stakes, regular multi-week, or master classes) geared to "resolutioners," as we seem to have success with these every year. Classes should begin in January but do not have to begin on the earliest date.

Thematic Classes. The theme for Spring 2019 is Needs. See the description above. For the online program this means one to three classes will be scheduled. 

What we are not looking for

We have not had success with classes that feel academic in nature (e.g., reading classes built around classics) or are too niche (e.g., writing in translation). Reading lists should include recent works and diverse authors. Classes with exclusively white reading lists will be rejected. We love Flannery O'Conner and Raymond Carver as much as you do, but please also incorporate more recently published stories.

Feel free to inquire before writing a full proposal by emailing Kurtis Scaletta, kscaletta@loft.org, with a title and description. New teaching artists are encouraged to attach a CV.

Terms of Agreement

By continuing with this application you are indicating agreement with the following terms and code of conduct.

Teaching Artists are Independent Contractors

As an independent contractor, please note that the Loft does not make deductions from your compensation for taxes. We’ll provide you with IRS Form 1099 at the beginning of each calendar year. You’ll need to indemnify the Loft against adverse rulings by any taxing authority as a result of the consulting contract or in the event that you fail to qualify as an independent contractor for tax purposes.

Compensation

You’ll be paid $6.50 per student per contact hour based on enrollment for your second class meeting (students may drop the class during the first week). For example, if you are teaching a 6-week, 2-hour/week class with an enrollment of 14 students, your compensation will be $1,092. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the Loft’s sliding-fee classes, which are made possible, in part, through grants and individual donations. Please consider becoming a member of the Loft (membership is not required to teach at the Loft).

Teaching Artist Supervision and Performance Review

As an independent contractor, you truly are working independently within the parameters of your teaching contract. Our main performance review tool is student evaluations, which we also send to you. It’s a good idea to survey your students mid-way through the class in order to build upon what students feel are the most helpful elements of the class, and to proactively address any concerns students may raise. If you’re teaching at the Loft for the first time, a member of the Education Team may visit your class website to see how things are going.

Class Texts and Handouts

Required texts for online classes should be readily available online, in bookstores, and/or in libraries. College textbooks are often too expensive for Loft students and not a good fit for enrichment classes. When you select texts, please keep in mind that some students may have limited time available for readings and assignments outside the classroom.

You may copy sections of a work and make it available in your class website under educational/fair use law, but do not make complete books available.

You may not require students to purchase books you have written unless your book is an instructional text on the content you’ll be teaching. Feel free to use your own work to illustrate a lesson, but please do not use class time to promote sales of your books, and don’t sell your books to students during class.

Controlled Substances

Alcohol and other mood-altering drugs are prohibited while directly engaging with students, with the exception of medically prescribed or over-the-counter drugs.

Class Cancellation Due to Low Enrollment

If six students are enrolled, you may choose to teach the class (please be aware that enrollment may further drop prior to your second class meeting). If less than six students are enrolled, the class is canceled, typically 3-5 business days before the first scheduled class meeting.

Class Cancellation Due to Weather
The Loft follows the University of Minnesota’s lead on class cancellations due to weather. If concerned, please call us at 612-379-8999. We’ll announce cancellations via an email, on our website, and on our phone line.

Class Cancellation by Teaching Artist

Please contact us if you will miss part of the online class due to illness or emergency. We’ll inform your students and work with you to extend the class. Please do not arrange for a substitute to teach your class without prior approval from Loft staff. If you cancel a scheduled class you have agreed to teach or fail to show up for your class, you may be ineligible to teach at the Loft in the future.

Criminal Background Check

The Loft Literary Center is required by its policies and its insurance carrier to conduct a criminal background check on anyone who will work, in any capacity, with minors. Teaching artists who refuse the criminal background check will not be eligible to teach classes for children and/or teens.

Promotion of Non-Loft Programs and Services

Many Teaching Artists also offer private services, and many teach at other organizations. We’re happy to include your website address in your Teaching Artist bio. Feel free to respond to student inquiries about your services and other classes, but please do not use class time to promote your services, books, or classes you teach at other organizations.

Code of Conduct

The Loft has revised and expanded their code of conduct, especially around sexual harassment. Please see the complete document at loft.org/conduct.
 

The Loft Literary Center