Thank you for your interest in teaching with the Loft! This proposal form is for Adult Classes for 2024 Fall Term.

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

We offer optional office hours for proposal-related questions or application feedback 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 and National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) 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 <>.

The Loft will deliver classes in two formats for the fall 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.
  • Asynchronous Classes via Thinkific

What We're Looking For

Publishing, Pitching, Editing, Professional Development, Essays, Poetry, Digital Storytelling, Children's Literature,  YA Writing, family history writing, and advanced submission, single or two-day writing feedback intensives.

Classes that address the Loft@50 Theme:  Word!

We have always believed in the power of the word!  

Word: a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others or sometimes alone to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

Word: a command, password, or signal. “someone gave me the word to start playing”

Word: one’s account of the truth, especially when it differs from that of another person. 

Word: used to express agreement.  

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.

6-Week Asynchronous Class. What kinds of courses can you propose for an asynchronous learning environment? Check out Lit!Commons to get a sense for the platform and style.

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

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

Fall Class Proposal Timeline

May 16, 2024 | Fall Proposals Due 

May - June 2024 | Education team selects classes and selection notification begins

June 28, 2024 | Fall Registration Opens Online

September 17, 2024 - December 12, 2024 | Fall Session

Winter/Spring Proposal Timeline

Winter/spring class proposals accepted until early September.

September - November | Education team reviews classes and selection notification begins

November | Winter registration opens online

Winter/spring session: January 21 - April 19

FY 24-25 | Access Funds pool is open and accepts applications on a rolling basis

Summer Proposal Timeline

Summer class proposals accepted until early March.

March - April | Education team reviews classes and selection notification begins

April | Summer registration opens online

Winter/spring session: June 18 - August 20

FY 24-25 | Access Funds pool is open and accepts applications on a rolling basis

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