Featured offerings: This winter, the Loft presents True North. Visit our True North page to learn more and plan your participation.

The Loft contracts with hundreds of published writers, agents, and editors to teach our classes. To learn about our diverse and talented roster of teaching artists, browse the list below.


Kristin Van Risseghem

Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. She is the author of The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos which won the 2015 New Apple Award in the Fantasy category.

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Kelly Van Sant

Kelly Van Sant has nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She worked for years at literary agencies in New York, where she honed her editor's eye and became adept at many aspects of the publishing business. Read More

Jodie Vinson

Jodie Noel Vinson has essays and reviews published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, as well as in Best American Essays 2015. She holds an MFA in nonfiction creative writing, and is Managing Editor of Longitude Books.

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Robert Voedisch

Robert Voedisch has published fiction in numerous literary reviews, and is a recipient of the Loft Mentor Series Award. Read More

Benjamin Voigt

Benjamin Voigt grew up on a horse farm in upstate New York. He received an MFA from the University of Alabama, where he was a Graduate Council Fellow, and currently teaches creative writing at Macalester College. His poems and poetry reviews have appeared in numerous publications.

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Claire Wahmanholm

Claire Wahmanholm holds an MFA in Poetry and will soon earn a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and in Best New Poets 2015. She is the managing editor of Quarterly West.

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Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh is a veteran journalist, columnist, and editor whose byline has appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, Southwest Journal, Minnpost.com, Star Tribune, and many more. Walsh is the author of The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting: An Oral History

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Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson is the author of three picture books, and two middle-grade novels (Elvis & Olive) that were both Junior Library Guild selections. She also draws cartoons, and performs and teaches improv. Read More

Patricia Weaver Francisco

Patricia Weaver Francisco is the author of multiple books, including the award-winning Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery. She has also penned a novel, essays collection, and plays. She is a faculty member with Hamline University's Creative Writing Programs.

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Linda White

Linda White has worked in publishing for more than 20 years in editing and marketing. She has managed campaigns for several bestselling authors. Her articles, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications. Read More

Amie Whittemore

Amie Whittemore is an award-winning poet published in many national journals. She earned her MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University. She co-curates a reading series in Virginia and teaches creative writing classes. Read More

Aurora Whittet

Aurora Whittet is the author of a young adult series the Bloodmark Saga including Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon, and the author and illustrator of a children’s book Mama’s Knight

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Sophia Wiedeman

Sophia Wiedeman is a comic book artist and educator living in Morgantown, WV. She received her BA in English and Art from the College of William & Mary and her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her collection of comics Born, Not Raised was recently selected to be included in The Society of Illustrators Cartoon and Comics Art Annual 2016.

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Stephen Wilbers

Stephen Wilbers is an award-winning author, columnist, writing consultant, and teaching fellow. His writing technique books include Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and Style.

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Carolyn Williams-Noren

Carolyn Williams-Noren is a poet with a 2015 chapbook and poems published in many literary reviews. She was a 2014 McKnight Artist fellow in poetry and the recipient of a Loft Mentor Series award. Read More

Aurelia Wills

Aurelia Wills's short stories have been published in many literary reviews. Her debut novel Someone I Wanted to Be was published by Candlewick Press in September 2016.

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Kris Woll

Kris Woll is a Minneapolis-based writer and educator. A native of southwest Minnesota, she has a MA in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her essays on food, home, and history have appeared in publications including Minnesota magazine, Edible Twin Cities, and on the Brain, Child website.

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Beth Wright

Beth Wright

Beth Wright has worked in book publishing for more than eighteen years. She is co-owner of Trio Bookworks, a Twin Cities business founded in 2005 that offers publishing consulting and production services to both independent authors and publishers. She blogs about publishing at triobookworks.com/blog.

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Virginia Wright-Peterson

Virginia Wright-Peterson's recently published book, Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation, is a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. She has fifteen years of experience teaching literature, humanities, and writing in various venues and is currently on the writing faculty at University of Minnesota Rochester.

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Allison Wyss

Allison Wyss's stories have appeared in many literary reviews and magazines. She holds an MFA from the University of Maryland, and studied creative writing at Vanderbilt, Breadloaf Writer's Conference, and Grub Street. Read More

Diana Xin

Diana Xin lives in Seattle and serves as the fiction editor for Moss, a journal of Pacific Northwest writing. She was most recently awarded the 2017 Third Coast Magazine fiction award. 

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Lori Young-Williams

Lori Young-Williams is a local poet/prose writer and creative writing teacher. She has taught several workshops at various locations in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. She has a BS in Human Relationships and a Master of Liberal Studies both from the University of Minnesota. Lori is currently working on her memoir about her biracial family and growing up in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN.

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Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. She has written two novels, three books of short fiction, a memoir, and a critical book on war and narrative. Her writing has appeared in many international publications. She writes, teaches and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Danielle Zaccagnino

Danielle Zaccagnino received her BS from New York University and her MFA from Texas State University. She won the Sonora Review's 2016 Essay Prize and her writing appears in WeirderaryWord Riot, and Rust + Moth, among other journals. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as undergraduates.

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Alexis Zanghi

Alexis Zanghi is a writer based in the Twin Cities. Her work has appeared in Full Stop, the Collagist, the Washington Spectator, the Point, CityLab, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Atlantic.

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