Proposals for online creative writing classes for Summer 2019 classes are now being accepted and are due March 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
This form is for online classes only. If you are submitting an in-person class, please submit it in the in-person category.
What We Need
Six- and eight-week 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.
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.
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.
What We Don’t Need for Summer
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 and diverse voices.
We will not be running any 12-week “master” classes in summer because the schedule doesn’t allow it.
Our summer youth classes have already been selected.
There is no summer theme, though we welcome class proposals that fit with the season -- fun, lightweight, prompt driven classes that get people writing in their journal at the lake or taking advantage of the long days to finish a project.
You can think ahead to fall’s theme, “What if…,” a celebration of speculative writing across all genres.
Feel free to inquire before writing a full proposal by emailing Kurtis Scaletta, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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. Use discretion in providing scans of texts in your online class; when possible, link to resources available legally online.
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.
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 fewer than six students are enrolled, the class is canceled, typically 3-5 business days before the first scheduled class meeting.
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.