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Teaching at the Loft

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

To apply, please follow the instructions for the program you wish to apply. You are welcome to propose the same class for different programs, but you must complete each of the proposals and submit separately. Send all class proposals and questions to teach@loft.org. Class proposals must be in .doc or .docx format and indicate the session and program in the subject line, e.g., “Proposal for adult face-to-face class, Winter 2015.”

Current Opportunities

Adult In-Person Classes

In-person class proposal [DOC] (deadline for fall proposals is April 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.)

In-person proposal guidelines [PDF]

Youth Classes

No current proposals available.

For further information, please contact the Director of Education at 612-215-2579.

2015—Online Classes

Online class guidelines [PDF]

Online class proposal [DOC]

List of past online classes [PDF]

Residency Program

Residency guidelines [DOC]

Upcoming Sessions and Proposal Deadlines

  • FALL: Classes beginning September 2015–November 2015     
    Proposals Open March 6, Due April 24
  • WINTER: Classes beginning December 2015–February 2016
    Proposals Open by June 12, Due July 24
  • SPRING: Classes beginning March 2016–May 2016
    Proposals Open by September 11, Due October 23

For more scheduling information see the RFPs for each program.


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.

You can send your class proposals and questions to teach@loft.org.