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Thank you for your interest in teaching with the Loft! This proposal form is for Adult Classes for 2024 Summer Term. Proposals are open from February 1 - March 7 at 11:59 PM CST.

On our website, we have resources and FAQs to assist you in submitting proposals. Before contacting Program Manager of Education Marianne Manzler <mmanzler@loft.org> with questions, please review the following:

We are offering optional office hours for proposal-related questions or application feedback on Thursday, Feb 29 from 4-5 PM to answer any questions. RSVP here!

Loft’s Mission & Vision

The Loft advances the power of writers and readers to craft and share stories, to create and celebrate connections, and to build just, life-sustaining communities.

We envision a world where the power of the word liberates minds, deepens relationships, and inspires movements for people and planet. As an antiracist organization, the Loft develops literary experiences for writers, readers, and storytellers because racism dehumanizes people, and poetry and stories deepen our connection to our shared humanity. Recognizing the relationship between race, power, and resources, we prioritize the engagement of BIPOC/marginalized  communities and work for the equitable distribution of our power and resources.The Loft is dedicated to offering classes that are imaginative, multicultural, and responsive. 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).

Teaching Statement

You must include 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. 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.org. These 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 Interim Education Manager before you propose your class - Marianne Manzler <mmanzler@loft.org>.

The Loft will deliver classes in two formats for the summer term, 2024

  • In-Person Classes take place at Open Book, in downtown Minneapolis, in a Loft classroom space.
  • Online/Zoom Classes via Zoom. Multi-week Online/Zoom classes also come with the optional Google Classroom supplement to make materials available to students.

What We're Looking For

Needs: Children's Literature, YA Literature, Picture Book, Digital Storytelling, Editing, Screenwriting, essays, poetry, fiction

Please refer to the Loft’s Teacher Guide to see if your class might be a fit.

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 are encouraged to give their students a syllabus or overview of the class on day one, as that gives them a sense of what to expect.

The Loft's 50th anniversary! This year, we're celebrating the Loft's 50th anniversary! We're excited to dig into the archives and celebrate the Loft's storied history in Minnesota, while also looking forward to the next chapter with the unveiling of our new strategic framework. I'd love any title wordplay on the Loft's 50th anniversary or birthday.

Workshops: Some classes come with a workshopping environment, which means there is an element of oral and/or written feedback on student work from their peers, as well as from you, the teaching artist. This is usually best in more intermediate or advanced level workshops, though “all levels” and beginner level workshops can also create a supportive environment where sharing of work can happen.

Please be clear, specific, and intentional about how much workshopping your class plan includes; not all students are looking to share their work in class, but many are. Define what workshopping means in your class specifically. Students seeking in-class workshopping often have very specific expectations. How will you create a workshopping space where no one voice is centered, but rather all are welcome and supported? How is your classroom and workshopping space a place for diverse, multicultural experiences and perspectives? How do you plan to address and redirect when these expectations are not being met?

What we are not looking for

We have not had success with classes that feel academic in nature (e.g., assigning academic writing texts, theoretical texts, reading lists that are too long, reading workshops 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 at loft.org.

Timeline

March 7, 2024 | Proposals Due 

March - April 2024 | Craft team selects classes and selection notification begins

April 29, 2024 | Summer Registration Opens Online

June 18 – August 17, 2024 | Summer Term

FY 24 | Access Funds pool is open and accepts applications on a rolling basis

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.