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.

Applications for teaching at the Loft are now open. Applications for adult classes for fall term, 2017 are now being accepted and are due May 5, 2017.   

This form is for an adult, in-person class for fall term, 2017. If you are submitting for an online adult or youth class, please submit it in the online category. If you are submitting for an in-person youth class, please submit it in the youth category. Thank you!

What you need to know about Fall 2017 Classes at the Loft

You will notice that we’re changing a few things this fall. All of it is with the intention of better serving YOU and your students. We will be hosting an info session to answer questions but, for now, here are the things you will notice.


·         The Loft is committed to lowering our cancellation rate to 20% or less.   

·         We will be offering early-bird specials to encourage earlier enrollment.

·         Cancellation policies will change to support early enrollment and allow for better planning.

·         Fewer classes will be offered so that we can better market, promote, and fill your classes. This also means that fewer classes will be accepted in this process. 

·         The Loft will begin offering thematic programming. This means we will explore one theme each quarter through our existing programs. This fall’s theme is Vigilance. Through conversations, readings, discussions, and classes, we will explore the idea that literature, words, and stories help us to bear witness, hold light in the darkness, and maintain attention over prolonged periods of time.

The bulk of our classes will not be about this theme. We will continue to offer hundreds of classes every year in the traditional form. However, if you would like to propose a class exploring this idea, please let us know. Those classes will be highlighted in the quarterly and included in thematic marketing.

Applications for teaching at the Loft are now open. Applications for youth classes for fall term, 2017 are now being accepted and are due May 5, 2017.   

This form is for a youth, in-person class for fall term, 2017. If you are submitting for an online adult or youth class, please submit it in the online category. If you are submitting for an in-person adult class, please submit it in the adult category. Thank you!

What you need to know about Fall 2017 Classes at the Loft

You will notice that we’re changing a few things this fall. All of it is with the intention of better serving YOU and your students. We will be hosting an info session to answer questions but, for now, here are the things you will notice.


·         The Loft is committed to lowering our cancellation rate to 20% or less.   

·         We will be offering early-bird specials to encourage earlier enrollment.

·         Cancellation policies will change to support early enrollment and allow for better planning.

·         Fewer classes will be offered so that we can better market, promote, and fill your classes. This also means that fewer classes will be accepted in this process. 

·         The Loft will begin offering thematic programming. This means we will explore one theme each quarter through our existing programs. This fall’s theme is Vigilance. Through conversations, readings, discussions, and classes, we will explore the idea that literature, words, and stories help us to bear witness, hold light in the darkness, and maintain attention over prolonged periods of time.

The bulk of our classes will not be about this theme. We will continue to offer hundreds of classes every year in the traditional form. However, if you would like to propose a class exploring this idea, please let us know. Those classes will be highlighted in the quarterly and included in thematic marketing.

Applications for teaching at the Loft are now open. Applications for online classes for fall term, 2017 classes are now being accepted and are due May 5, 2017.  

This form is for online classes. If you are submitting an in-person class, please submit it in the in-person category. You may submit proposals for both adult classes and teen online classes; we cannot accept proposals for online classes for youth under age 13.

We are looking for creative writing class in all genres and for all levels. However, we find that workshop-style classes are difficult to sustain online. It is OK to include peer review in your class but build it around lectures, writing prompts, and other activities students can do on their own time. We do encourage discussions and fostering of class community as long as the class plan does not rely upon heavy participation. Classes for teens should be directed to all levels. 

What you need to know about Fall 2017 Classes at the Loft

 You will notice that we’re changing a few things this fall. All of it is with the intention of better serving YOU and your students. We will be hosting an info session to answer questions but, for now, here are the things you will notice.

  • The Loft is committed to lowering our cancellation rate to 20% or less.   
  • We will be offering early-bird specials to encourage earlier enrollment.
  • Cancellation policies will change to support early enrollment and allow for better planning.
  • Fewer classes will be offered so that we can better market, promote, and fill your classes. This also means that fewer classes will be accepted in this process. 
  • The Loft will begin offering thematic programming. This means we will explore one theme each quarter through our existing programs. This fall’s theme is Vigilance. Through conversations, readings, discussions, and classes, we will explore the idea that literature, words, and stories help us to bear witness, hold light in the darkness, and maintain attention over prolonged periods of time. 
  • The bulk of our classes will not be about this theme. We will continue to offer hundreds of classes every year in the traditional form. However, if you would like to propose a class exploring this idea, please email me (kscaletta@loft.org) with your idea. Those classes will be highlighted in the quarterly and included in thematic marketing.


Ends in 3 days, 6 hours

The Loft Literary Center invites poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers to apply to the 2017-2018 Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose. This program offers advanced criticism and professional development opportunities to twelve writers: four each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.


THE PROGRAM

Twelve emerging writers are selected through anonymous competition to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Three of the mentors spend an extended period of time working with the entire group and conducting genre-specific workshops and individual conferences with the four writers in their genres. The other three mentors come in for intensive weekends of craft seminars with the full group and individual manuscript conferences with the writers in their genre. All participants are featured in a public reading—two winners with one mentor—throughout the course of the year.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Work must be in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Nonfiction may include memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, and biography. It does not include reportage, blogs, or opinion pieces.

  • You may apply in more than one genre, but can only win in one. If you are applying in both fiction and nonfiction, you must submit different work samples.

  • You must be a resident of Minnesota for a minimum of 12 months.

  • You must not have published a book in any genre.

  • You may submit work previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies.

  • You must not be a full-time student in a degree-granting program.

  • Students in K-12 education are ineligible to apply.

  • Participants who were in the 2015–16 or 2016–17 programs are ineligible.

  • Board and staff members of the Loft and the Jerome Foundation are ineligible.


Winners are selected on the basis of anonymous manuscripts and receive a modest stipend to defray the costs of program participation (book purchases, child care, etc.). Winners are required to prepare for and attend all program-related meetings, seminars, readings, workshops, manuscript conferences, and social activities.

All program dates are tentative and subject to change. Orientation for winners is currently scheduled for August 19th, 2017

If you have questions about eligibility, please call program manager Sherrie Fernandez-Williams at 612-215-2586 or email her at sfernandezwilliams@loft.org.  More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on our website: www.loft.org.


JUDGING

A panel of preliminary readers comprised of recent Mentor Series winners who are ineligible to apply for the program will review the initial manuscripts received to the competition. From these, they will select 20 finalists in each genre which will be forwarded to the respective mentors for final decisions. The two mentors in each genre will confer and select four winners and two honorable mentions.


DEADLINE

  • All entries must be submitted by midnight, April 28, 2017

  • Applicants will learn their status by August 2017. Winners will be notified by phone, all others will receive an email. Please be certain to include your contact information for summer if it is different from your current address.


The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is made possible through the support of the Jerome Foundation and Loft Members.


Ends in 3 days, 6 hours

The Loft Literary Center invites poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers to apply to the 2017-2018 Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose. This program offers advanced criticism and professional development opportunities to twelve writers: four each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.


THE PROGRAM

Twelve emerging writers are selected through anonymous competition to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Three of the mentors spend an extended period of time working with the entire group and conducting genre-specific workshops and individual conferences with the four writers in their genres. The other three mentors come in for intensive weekends of craft seminars with the full group and individual manuscript conferences with the writers in their genre. All participants are featured in a public reading—two winners with one mentor—throughout the course of the year.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Work must be in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Nonfiction may include memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, and biography. It does not include reportage, blogs, or opinion pieces.

  • You may apply in more than one genre, but can only win in one. If you are applying in both fiction and nonfiction, you must submit different work samples.

  • You must be a resident of Minnesota for a minimum of 12 months.

  • You must not have published a book in any genre.

  • You may submit work previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies.

  • You must not be a full-time student in a degree-granting program.

  • Students in K-12 education are ineligible to apply.

  • Participants who were in the 2015–16 or 2016–17 programs are ineligible.

  • Board and staff members of the Loft and the Jerome Foundation are ineligible.


Winners are selected on the basis of anonymous manuscripts and receive a modest stipend to defray the costs of program participation (book purchases, child care, etc.). Winners are required to prepare for and attend all program-related meetings, seminars, readings, workshops, manuscript conferences, and social activities.

All program dates are tentative and subject to change. Orientation for winners is currently scheduled for August 19th, 2017

If you have questions about eligibility, please call program manager Sherrie Fernandez-Williams at 612-215-2586 or email her at sfernandezwilliams@loft.org.  More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on our website: www.loft.org.


JUDGING

A panel of preliminary readers comprised of recent Mentor Series winners who are ineligible to apply for the program will review the initial manuscripts received to the competition. From these, they will select 20 finalists in each genre which will be forwarded to the respective mentors for final decisions. The two mentors in each genre will confer and select four winners and two honorable mentions.


DEADLINE

  • All entries must be submitted by midnight, April 28, 2017

  • Applicants will learn their status by August 2017. Winners will be notified by phone, all others will receive an email. Please be certain to include your contact information for summer if it is different from your current address.


The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is made possible through the support of the Jerome Foundation and Loft Members.


Ends in 3 days, 6 hours

The Loft Literary Center invites poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers to apply to the 2017-2018 Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose. This program offers advanced criticism and professional development opportunities to twelve writers: four each in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.


THE PROGRAM

Twelve emerging writers are selected through anonymous competition to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Three of the mentors spend an extended period of time working with the entire group and conducting genre-specific workshops and individual conferences with the four writers in their genres. The other three mentors come in for intensive weekends of craft seminars with the full group and individual manuscript conferences with the writers in their genre. All participants are featured in a public reading—two winners with one mentor—throughout the course of the year.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Work must be in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Nonfiction may include memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, and biography. It does not include reportage, blogs, or opinion pieces.

  • You may apply in more than one genre, but can only win in one. If you are applying in both fiction and nonfiction, you must submit different work samples.

  • You must be a resident of Minnesota for a minimum of 12 months.

  • You must not have published a book in any genre.

  • You may submit work previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies.

  • You must not be a full-time student in a degree-granting program.

  • Students in K-12 education are ineligible to apply.

  • Participants who were in the 2015–16 or 2016–17 programs are ineligible.

  • Board and staff members of the Loft and the Jerome Foundation are ineligible.


Winners are selected on the basis of anonymous manuscripts and receive a modest stipend to defray the costs of program participation (book purchases, child care, etc.). Winners are required to prepare for and attend all program-related meetings, seminars, readings, workshops, manuscript conferences, and social activities.

All program dates are tentative and subject to change. Orientation for winners is currently scheduled for August 19th, 2017

If you have questions about eligibility, please call program manager Sherrie Fernandez-Williams at 612-215-2586 or email her at sfernandezwilliams@loft.org.  More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on our website: www.loft.org.


JUDGING

A panel of preliminary readers comprised of recent Mentor Series winners who are ineligible to apply for the program will review the initial manuscripts received to the competition. From these, they will select 20 finalists in each genre which will be forwarded to the respective mentors for final decisions. The two mentors in each genre will confer and select four winners and two honorable mentions.


DEADLINE

  • All entries must be submitted by midnight, April 28, 2017

  • Applicants will learn their status by August 2017. Winners will be notified by phone, all others will receive an email. Please be certain to include your contact information for summer if it is different from your current address.


The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is made possible through the support of the Jerome Foundation and Loft Members.