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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. 

What You'll Need to Propose a Class

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Proposal Guidelines

Proposals for Summer 2016


Summer at the Loft has two distinct deadlines for youth and adult classes.

  • Summer youth class proposals (both online and in-person) are due by December 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. 
  • Summer adult class proposals (both online and in-person) are due by February 4, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

If you would like to submit a class proposal for an online class for teens, you need to select "online" as your class type, but it also needs to be submitted by the December 4 deadline. 

What We're Looking for in Summer Youth

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For classes beginning June–August, 2016.

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Upcoming Sessions and Proposal Deadlines

  • SUMMER YOUTH: Classes beginning June–August 2016
    Proposals Due December 3, 2015
  • SUMMER ADULT: Classes beginning June–August 2016
    Proposals Due February 4, 2016

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.