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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY DECEMBER 12 AT 11:59PM CST


Applications for summer youth classes are now being accepted and are due Sunday December 12, 2021. Please see the Loft website if you have questions about what kind of content we're looking for. 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 program associates with 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). Class proposals not adhering to these stipulations are unlikely to be accepted. 


The Loft will hold two Information Sessions via Zoom about Summer Youth 2022 teaching.

  • Wednesday November 3 - 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday November 6 - 10:00am-11:00am

For more details and to register for an information session, please see this form.

The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program

Writers, teachers and artists who are enthusiastic about nurturing the creative writing life of young people entering grades 1st-12th are invited to submit class proposals. 


The summer session is the biggest term of the year for children and teens, with the most classes offered, and therefore the most opportunity for teaching. For summer classes, each class is typically 3 hours and takes place either in the morning from 9:00am - 12:00pm or in the afternoon from 1:00pm. - 4:00pm for one week (Mon - Fri). If you feel your class warrants a different time frame, put it on your proposal and it will be considered.

The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program has featured offerings in the past such as poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, historical fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, spoken word, irony, satire, SAT/ACT essay writing, Graphic Fiction, and writing for zines. We also invite course proposals for playwriting, screenwriting, songwriting, magazine writing, and humor writing, among many others.  

If you would like to submit multiple class proposals, please complete this form for each individual proposal.

About Young Writers

Young students include motivated writers who are passionate about their art, as well as reluctant readers and writers who may lack confidence in their abilities. Classes are now offered by grade-range, typically (but not exclusively) students entering:

  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Grades 11-12


Teaching Artists tailor their content to the students’ age and developmental level.   

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).


Most Loft policies for adult education apply to the Young Writers’ Program as well (teaching artist pay rate, cancellation of class due to low enrollment policy, etc.), but there are many exceptions and additions meant to serve the different needs of a youth population. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the program manager, Lucia LoTempio, at llotempio@loft.org

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