The Loft's Access Fund model allows you to submit a single online application for adult class access funds. These opportunities are available to individuals on public assistance.*
Once accepted, available seats are emailed out as they become available, about 1-2 times a month. These email alerts will give you access to a list of classes that are currently access fund viable. If you are interested in any of these classes, you will need to call the Loft Education office at 612-379-8999 to claim your class and be given a promo code (applied during checkout) that will provide a 95% reduction in tuition for a class. The access fund recipient pays the remaining 5% cost, which will vary depending on the regular price of the class.

Please note: these seats are offered first-come first-served, about a week to two weeks before the respective class starts. Meaning, you'll have to wait for a class that matches your interests and schedule.

To apply, please provide proof of eligibility that includes:
1) Your name & address
2) Public assistance program name**
3) A recent date


Then, use your mobile phone's camera, scanner, or good old snail mail to send us your documentation after, or along with your online application below.
More questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


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*If you are not eligible for our access fund program but still require financial assistance, please consider our payment plan option through Sezzle to help manage the cost of class tuition.


**Examples of Accepted Public Assistance Programs

  • TANF
  • MFIP
  • General Assistance
  • WIC
  • Medicaid,  Medical Assistance, or Minnesota Care 
  • SSI (Disability, Not Retirement)
  • Food Stamps
  • Unemployment
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Free or Reduced Price School Meals


The Loft Literary Center invites poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers to apply to the 2022–2023 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 early career writers are selected through a competitive judging process 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—four fellows with two mentors—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 more than one genre, you must submit different work samples for each application.
  • You must be a resident of Minnesota for a minimum of 12 months on the date of your application.
  • You must not have published (traditional or self-published) more than one book in any genre.
  • You may submit work previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • You must not be an enrolled student in a degree-granting program (including K-12, college, graduate or post-graduate studies) at the time of the application and/or during the Mentor Series fellowship period.
  • You are eligible to reapply to the Mentor Series as an alumni after ten years have passed and you have taken time off from pursuing writing during that time to align with the Jerome Foundation's definition of an early career artist (https://www.jeromefdn.org/defining-early-career-emerging-artists).
  • Board and staff members of the Loft and the Jerome Foundation are ineligible.


Fellows are selected on the basis of the strength of their manuscripts and project plans and will receive an award of $500 to defray the costs of program participation (book purchases, child care, etc.). Fellows are required to prepare for and attend all program-related meetings, seminars, readings, workshops, manuscript conferences, and social activities. These activities may be virtual or in-person depending on mentors' and fellows' comfort level and public health guidelines.

All program dates are tentative and subject to change. Orientation for fellows is currently scheduled for September 24, 2022. If you have questions about eligibility, please call program manager Marion Gomez at 612-215-2578 or email her at mgomez@loft.org. More information is available on our website: www.loft.org.

The Loft is unable to answer questions during the week before the deadline, so please contact us in advance of July 17th. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 24th, at 11:59 p.m.


Judging Process
A panel of preliminary readers composed of recent Mentor Series fellows who are ineligible to apply for the program will review the initial manuscripts received to the competition. From these, they will select 20 - 24 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 11:59 p.m. on July 24, 2022. 
  • Winners will be notified by mid-September by phone. All other applicants will receive an email. 
  • The Loft will not alert finalists of their status.


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

The Loft Literary Center invites poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers to apply to the 2022–2023 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 early career writers are selected through a competitive judging process 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—four fellows with two mentors—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 more than one genre, you must submit different work samples for each application.
  • You must be a resident of Minnesota for a minimum of 12 months on the date of your application.
  • You must not have published (traditional or self-published) more than one book in any genre.
  • You may submit work previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • You must not be an enrolled student in a degree-granting program (including K-12, college, graduate or post-graduate studies) at the time of the application and/or during the Mentor Series fellowship period.
  • You are eligible to reapply to the Mentor Series as an alumni after ten years have passed and you have taken time off from pursuing writing during that time to align with the Jerome Foundation's definition of an early career artist (https://www.jeromefdn.org/defining-early-career-emerging-artists).
  • Board and staff members of the Loft and the Jerome Foundation are ineligible.

Fellows are selected on the basis of the strength of their manuscripts and project plans, and will receive an award of $500 to defray the costs of program participation (book purchases, child care, etc.). Fellows are required to prepare for and attend all program-related meetings, seminars, readings, workshops, manuscript conferences, and social activities. These activities may be virtual or in-person depending on mentors' and fellows' comfort level and public health guidelines. All program dates are tentative and subject to change. Orientation for fellows is currently scheduled for September 24, 2022. If you have questions about eligibility, please call program manager Marion Gomez at 612-215-2578 or email her at mgomez@loft.org. More information is available on our website: www.loft.org.   

The Loft is unable to answer questions during the week before the deadline, so please contact us in advance of July 17th. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 24th, at 11:59 p.m. 

Judging Process 

A panel of preliminary readers composed of recent Mentor Series fellows who are ineligible to apply for the program will review the initial manuscripts received to the competition. From these, they will select 20 - 24 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 11:59 p.m. on July 24, 2022.
  • Winners will be notified by mid-September by phone. All other applicants will receive an email.
  • The Loft will not alert finalists of their status.

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

The Loft Literary Center invites poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers to apply to the 2022–2023 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 early career writers are selected through a competitive judging process 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—four fellows with two mentors—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 more than one genre, you must submit different work samples for each application.
  • You must be a resident of Minnesota for a minimum of 12 months on the date of your application.
  • You must not have published (traditional or self-published) more than one book in any genre.
  • You may submit work previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • You must not be an enrolled student in a degree-granting program (including K-12, college, graduate or post-graduate studies) at the time of the application and/or during the Mentor Series fellowship period.
  • You are eligible to reapply to the Mentor Series as an alumni after ten years have passed and you have taken time off from pursuing writing during that time to align with the Jerome Foundation's definition of an early career artist (https://www.jeromefdn.org/defining-early-career-emerging-artists).
  • Board and staff members of the Loft and the Jerome Foundation are ineligible.

Fellows are selected on the basis of the strength of their manuscripts and project plans and will receive an award of $500 to defray the costs of program participation (book purchases, child care, etc.). Fellows are required to prepare for and attend all program-related meetings, seminars, readings, workshops, manuscript conferences, and social activities. These activities may be virtual or in-person depending on mentors' and fellows' comfort level and public health guidelines.

All program dates are tentative and subject to change. Orientation for fellows is currently scheduled for September 24, 2022. If you have questions about eligibility, please call program manager Marion Gomez at 612-215-2578 or email her at mgomez@loft.org. More information is available on our website: www.loft.org.   

The Loft is unable to answer questions during the week before the deadline, so please contact us in advance of July 17th. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 24th, at 11:59 p.m.

Judging Process 

A panel of preliminary readers composed of recent Mentor Series fellows who are ineligible to apply for the program will review the initial manuscripts received to the competition. From these, they will select 20 - 24 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 11:59 p.m. on July 24, 2022.
  • Winners will be notified by mid-September by phone. All other applicants will receive an email.
  • The Loft will not alert finalists of their status.

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

This form is for a Youth Class for Fall 2022.  If you are submitting for an adult class, either online or in-person, please submit it in the All Formats Adult Class Proposal category. Thank you!

The posted Reference Guide for Teaching Artists, also on the website, has many answers to FAQ's on everything from Loft policies to teacher pay to descriptions of all the various programs and opportunities the Loft has to offer. Please read this reference guide before emailing the education director or administrative associates with questions. Please note that some of the information in that document will reference in-person class offerings. Youth classes will be offered both online and in-person. Please contact Program Manager Lucia LoTempio <llotempio@loft.org> with any questions.


The Loft is dedicated to offering classes that are as imaginative and multicultural as the students and communities that we serve. We seek reading lists, class content, and approaches to discussions on craft that are inclusive and diverse, as well as timely, contemporary and accessible (readily available online, not out of print). The Loft is also invested in equity; a thoughtful, intentional statement about your own approach to creating equity in the class room is an important part of this proposal. Class proposals not adhering to these stipulations are unlikely to be accepted. 


A strong, considered statement on how your class plan and teaching strategies will align with the Loft’s goal to be equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist in its classrooms and with its programming. If you need time to understand what the Loft means by this, or are simply curious for more information, here are some suggested resources—especially if you need help leading and navigating classroom discussions of student work as they relate to these topics:
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin
Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses
Anti-Racism Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez
Appropriate: A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal
Online Learning Resources:
For an idea of how the Loft continues to build knowledge and capacity on this, please visit Team Dynamics.com and IDIInventory.com National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) ASDICircle.orgThese are just a few of the many resources available on creating an inclusive learning environment in your classroom; if you are unsure of how to do this, or don't understand how to articulate how your lesson plan and teaching strategies will create this kind of environment in your classroom, feel free to connect with the Loft's education director before you propose your class (jdodgson@loft.org). 


In order to teach online, Loft teaching artists must have a reliable and high speed internet connection and a computer, as well as basic knowledge of computer use, Zoom and Google Classroom, or WetInk. The Loft can not provide you with a computer or internet access.


What We're Looking For:

Classes that engage our current theme: For*Word. Toni Cade Bambara said, "The job of the writer is to make the revolution irresistible." In the fall term of 2022, the Loft will invite class proposals and program events that explore the theme of narrative power or what we're calling For*Word.

This theme explores the roles that writers play in movements for social change. For our classes, we invite teaching artists to consider class offerings that equip writers across and beyond literary forms to exercise the power of the word to challenge the status quo, craft compelling change narratives, explore and articulate alternative visions of the future, amplify the voice to the oppressed and exploited, and to cultivate joy, healing, wisdom and compassion necessary for sustained struggle and peace. These classes will advance the skills of writers to tell stories about power, problems and possibilities in realms that are personal, public, and planetary. For upcoming fall events, we invite community artists to connect with us around possibilities that would advance and explore themes of narrative power or the role that writers and artists play in movements for social change.


Reading lists and class content should be inclusive and diverse; please ensure one perspective is not centered. (Of course it’s fine to propose a class that examines the work of one writer; we've offered classes that centered Mary Oliver, James Baldwin, etc.) The writing of people of color, indigenous writers, LGBTQ+ people, women - ALL are welcome!

Classes for 9-11 year olds are typically the most popular during non-summer months, followed in popularity by classes for teens ages 13-17 years.

Classes in fiction (world building, short story writing, novel writing, etc) and creative non-fiction (personal essay, particularly when centered around writing better for school, writing school essays or college application essays) do best for kids and especially for teens in the fall; poetry can struggle to land with our youth audience, though I love to have poetry classes on the schedule, so feel free to reach out should you have questions about this. Themed youth classes around holidays also do well (fall/nature writing, halloween/writing scary stories, winter/snowflakes, etc)


Strong and flexible lesson plans. Loft classes give writers opportunities to engage with their teaching artist and one another, while also providing instruction on craft, engaging discussion, and in-class writing activities, as well as writing prompts students can work on between class meetings.  

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

Special Needs for Fall 2022

Loft After-School (online) -  In order to adapt to changing student needs with online programming. We're looking to schedule several "Loft After-School" classes this Fall, these classes would meet on weekday afternoons typically from 3:30 -5:00pm or 4:00-5:30pm CDT for three to four sessions of 60-90 minutes each.
Writing Groups/Writing Lab Type Classes Across all Age Ranges We have received requests for this type of content from students and parents. These classes are meant to build community, provide opportunities to meet and connect other writers, get feedback, get prompts, and share ideas. These are generic, multi-genre, and more “informal” classes with a main goal of connecting young writers with each other.
Saturday, single session programming (in-person) This Fall we will be scheduling our Saturday, three hour classes. These classes will take place in-person at Open Book
School-Writing/Academic Skills, Homework Help, College Essay Writing Classes -  we are looking to schedule several classes that cover school writing or academic skills, college essay writing, or other homework help type classes across all ranges.
 


Please Note:


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 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).   

Those teaching a class for readers, which are more discussion based, facilitated book clubs, with no writing instruction involved, will be paid a flat rate of $45 per hour, regardless of the number of students enrolled. Minimums remain 7, maximums remain 12-17, depending on the max choice of the teaching artist.   

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 attend your first class meeting to provide assistance, support, and encouragement.   

Class Texts, Handouts, and Copy Fees
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. Often Teaching Artists prefer hand-outs to books.   

Copy fees for hand-outs are not included in tuition; students pay you directly during class. Please be sure to bring enough hand-outs for your students. Emergency copies may be made at the Loft for .10 cents per copy. 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 a class due to illness or emergency. We’ll inform your students and work with you to schedule a make-up 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 will 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 here. 


COVID Policies

The Loft plans to begin offering in-person classes at Open Book beginning January, 2022. We will also continue to offer online classes throughout the term, both Online/Live (via Zoom, and Google Classroom as a learning enhancement if you choose) and Online/Asynchronous (WetInk, no live meetings). Please choose which format you're proposing for the class proposal you're submitting.


Please also understand that if you choose to propose an in-person class and it is accepted, safety protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may mean quick adaptations are necessary, either in the classroom, or by moving in-person content to a virtual format. Even if the class is already underway Flexibility and adaptability are important and necessary as we continue to navigate programming through this pandemic.


The Loft will follow all CDC guidelines and safety protocols to keep students, teaching contractors, and staff safe in Open Book classrooms, including lowering classroom capacity rates (10 students max versus 17 or 30 for multi week or single session classes, respectively) and scheduling fewer in-person classes that usual (2-3 max, versus 5-6 in a given time frame), so we utilize only the largest classrooms with fewer people for social distancing.


Any statements in this form about COVID-19 safety protocols, such as class size maximums, the ability to teach in-person at Open Book, etc, is subject to change as guidelines and recommendations evolve. Please be patient and flexible with us as we try to plan for the future with evolving conditions. You can find the most recent COVID-19 Policy on our website.


Pease note the smaller class size does affect teacher pay rate, since the Loft model of teacher pay is on a per student, per contact hour basis. You can read more about compensation under the Terms of Agreement section below, to decide if teaching in-person with a smaller class size makes sense for you at this time. If it doesn't, please propose a class in our online format.
If there are questions or concerns about this, please contact the Loft's education director at jdodgson@loft.org.

The Loft Literary Center