Due to uncertainty around the ability to deliver classes in face-to-face format in Fall 2020 we will be streamlining the class proposal process. This form is for all adult class formats including face-to-face (if possible), online with live sessions, and online with a flexible schedule (such as all online Loft classes prior to 2020). You will be asked which formats you are interested in and should check all that apply.
The Loft will continue to deliver a combination of real-time and flex-time classes online (and of course will resume face-to-face classes as soon as it is safe), but will primarily use Google Classroom for the asynchronous sharing of resources and discussions and Zoom to support live meetings. We are also piloting Wet.Ink for workshop-driven classes, and may incorporate that into our suite of tools.
What We're Looking For
Always, diverse and inclusive reading lists and approaches to teaching craft. Proposals that include the names of 2-4 writers or books likely to be read or studied as examples of writing craft are considered stronger proposals than those without.
A strong, considered statement on equity.
Teaching writers from all walks of life, who provide many different perspectives on approach to teaching craft, the writing life, the (self- or traditional) publishing experience, etc.
If you are submitting a class proposal to the Loft for the first time, please consider proposing a single session class (preferred), or a shorter multi-week (4 or 6 weeks) if you have prior teaching experience and either a solid, established writing practice or some publication credits.
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.
More advanced level classes are always needed; prior teaching experience and a record of professional accomplishment in the genre you'd like to teach are preferred for advanced classes.
12 week classes with instruction on craft, engaging class discussion, in-class writing opportunities, and sharing of work with option for feedback, and clear goals and outcomes.
Strong and flexible lesson plans. Loft classes give writers opportunities to engage with their teaching artist and one another, while also providing content, instruction, 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 adults in an enrichment environment is preferred for teaching basics and beginner classes, success in writing (publications, awards, etc.) is preferred for longer classes (12 weeks) and more advanced classes.
Reading lists should include recent works and diverse authors.
Special Needs for Fall 2020
Please be open to "odd times" for Online - Live Zoom based classes - We have a "Writing for Nights Owls" class scheduled for summer, 10pm - midnight; people may not want to drive downtown for a class at that time, but they might be excited to open their laptop to sit down and write, connect with others, and have creative discussions - especially people who are night owls, have trouble sleeping, have anxiety, etc. What about a sunrise class, at 6am? A Saturday night class, 7-10pm? The sky might be the limit as we try new things!
Long-term (12-week) classes with specific writing and publishing goals (e.g., write a young adult novel; write, revise, and submit a new story; write twelve new poems). 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. (We also need 6 week classes, though, so please don't shy away from those)
Sequential learning opportunities in all genres ("Introduction to...." that progresses to "Intermediate" and then "Advanced" term after term). This of course requires a commitment to come back and teach beyond just a single term. Please email the education program director at email@example.com with questions. Right now, sequential learning opportunities in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have been created "in-house," and teaching artists will be hired to teach the descriptions, with the freedom to create their own reading list, syllabus, etc. It is possible the Loft may be able to hire for a full year contract for these classes, though current global pandemic concerns may affect our ability to budget in this way. Stay tuned, and if interested, please email the education director.
Advanced classes, especially in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir. (Again, please remember we also need beginning level classes, as well as those that are Open to All, so don't shy away from proposing those, as well as single sessions!).
Classes for Readers - these classes place discussion of great books at the center of each meeting. For Readers classes can focus on one book or a few, and they can incorporate writing practice or not. For more information, take a look at the Big Ideas page of the Loft's website. Big Ideas places literature at the center of dynamic conversations and brings together readers and writers to explore the most pressing issues and questions facing our society today. You can also email the education director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thematic Classes. We are looking for 2-4 classes that fit with the Loft's fall theme of "Choice and Chance," ideally at least 1-2 multiweek classes, and 1-2 single session classes. Proposals may be geared to writers or readers.
Choice and Chance
Many of us have been raised with the idea of pulling yourself by your bootstraps. This story reinforces the idea that your fate is not in our stars but in ourselves. Hard work and good choices lead to good fortune, right? But what if that’s not true? What, in the end, do we really control, and what is a result of chance?
Together we will explore stories of luck, both bad and good, and think about how we make decisions, both big and small.
What we are not looking for
We have not had success with classes that feel academic in nature (e.g., assigning academic writing texts, reading lists that are too long, reading classes built around classics) or are too niche (e.g., somatic writing, writing in translation). Please get to know our catalog and current offerings to see what we do. Again, reading lists should include recent works and diverse authors.
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 (meeting 2 hours per week for 6 weeks) 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 $50 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. For all classes, there is a possibility your class could be cancelled, and no payment received, if class does not meet minimum enrollment numbers approximately 3-5 days before the start date. Please be active partners with us in marketing and promoting your classes across all possible channels!
Multi-week classes have a minimum enrollment requirement of 7 students, a maximum of 17. Single and double session classes have minimum enrollment requirements of 7 students, maximum of 30. If you feel your class warrants different minimum/maximum enrollment requirements, please indicate this in the proposal form AND email the education director at email@example.com.
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. https://loft.amm.clockwork.net/_asset/f22zpb/Loft-Code-of-Conduct-March-2018.pdf