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Teaching at the Loft

Please read about Teaching at the Loft before you proceed. 

The Loft offers creative writing classes through four programs:

  • Adult In-Person classes (including classes at Open Book and Loft Around Town)
  • Online classes for adults and teens
  • Youth In-Person classes (including teen classes)
  • Residencies

For all adult and youth classes, in-person and online, except for residencies, you should submit your class proposals here. Please use the online submission portal even if you are proposing a repeat of an existing class. 

You will need:

  • A class title, short description (50 words max) and long description (200 words limit)
  • The class duration and preferred dates 
  • The class genre and level (see loft.org/classes for current categories)
  • A teaching artist bio (required) and photo (optional)

For new classes you will also need:

  • A list of goals for the class.
  • A schedule outlining each session or week's goals, topics, or focus.
  • An example of a typical session/week's activities or a general description of how each session or week will run.
  • A sample writing activity (optional)
  • Required or recommended reading (optional)

New teaching artists and teaching artists who have not taught for the Loft in the last five years will also need:

  • A resume or CV (PDF)
  • A writing sample (PDF)
  • Two references

You are welcome to propose the same class for different programs, but you must complete each of the proposals and submit separately. You can submit up to four proposals across all three programs for the Spring 2016 session. If you have additional proposals you can either create a second account (using a secondary email address) or contact Loft staff to assist you.

Please contact the program managers if you have any questions or problems.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals for Spring 2016

For classes beginning March–May, 2016.

Propose a Class

Spring proposals due October 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Note from the Education Director:

Adult Classes
For spring 2016, I am particularly looking for more fiction classes—especially advanced level fiction classes, where students have ample opportunity to get peer and teaching artist feedback on work, and dive very deep into craft elements, revision, and getting ready of publication.

I am also looking for teaching artists interested in proposing writing groups that meet weekly for 6, 8, 10, or 12 weeks. These can be open (a writing group across genres, open to anyone), genre specific (especially fiction writing groups), and/or groups that require an "application" (writing submission) and are curated by the teaching artist in order to create a cohesive group with similar needs.

Finally, I am also seeking sci-fi/fantasy, horror, writing young adult lit, and romance/writing erotica class proposals.

Youth classes
I will post specific content needs for youth classes once the summer, 2016 RFP goes live for the youth program. For spring, feel free to propose any creative idea for kids (6-8, 9-11, 12-14) or teen (13-17, 15-17) in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. I am especially interested in teen essay writing classes for the SAT/ACT and college apps for most any term.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Dodgson, Director of Education, at jdodgson@loft.org.

Upcoming Sessions and Proposal Deadlines

  • SPRING: Classes beginning March 2016–May 2016
    Proposals Open by September 11, Due October 23
  • 2016 Children's & Young Adult Literature Conference
    Session proposals due October 30

About Teaching at the Loft

Since 1974, the Loft has been the place where writers learn from writers. Thousands of students, age 6 and up, enroll in Loft classes every year. Our teaching artists play a key role in fulfilling our mission to advance the artistic development of writers, foster a thriving literary community, and inspire a passion for literature. 

Loft teaching artists propose classes and sessions that they design themselves, based on their passion, expertise, experience, and credentials. You’ll find all our current requests for proposals listed above. We offer classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, as well as children’s and young adult literature. We also invite proposals for screenwriting, blogging, spoken word, graphic and comic book storytelling, ‘zines, magazine writing, new media, and humor writing, among many others. Classes may range from general overviews of a genre (e.g., Fiction for Beginners), to a specific focus (e.g., Writing the Video Game Narrative), to topical themes (e.g., Essays on Nature). Classes may also focus on categories of a genre (e.g. mystery, romance, thriller, fantasy, horror, and science fiction). We also offer classes on seeking publication and classes designed to start and sustain the writing process.

We understand that not all great writers are great teachers, and not all great teachers are published writers. When reviewing class proposals, we prioritize writers who:

  • have experience teaching creative writing enrichment classes to adult learners (or appropriate age range for youth classes),
  • have the highest Loft student ratings for effectiveness and mastery of content. (For writers who are new to the Loft, strong references and teaching experience are prioritized.)

For intermediate and advanced classes, we further prioritize:

  • Teaching artists with publication credits and/or who have been honored for their work with awards or grants. While we are not a publish-or-perish organization, we do know from student evaluations that many intermediate and advanced student writers look for teaching artists who have successfully published in the genre they are pursuing, and whose work has been acknowledged with awards and grants.

Teaching artists who do not also serve on the Loft staff or board of directors are eligible for Loft grants and competitions. All current Loft teaching artists are invited to periodic in-services on issues related to the teaching of creative writing, as well as craft talks by visiting writers serving as mentors in the Loft’s Mentor Series.