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Residencies in Partnership with Human Service Organizations

“Veterans in the Arts is delighted to be collaborating with The Loft Literary Center to bring excellent instruction in the writing arts to the community of military veterans. The stories we hold have a deep grip on us. To be able to coax them into the light is to share their burden and their glory. We are grateful for the knowledge and encouragement of the Loft’s teaching artist, Max Ross.”

Suxanne Asher, Executive Director, Veterans in the Arts

The Loft’s award-winning writers can come to your human service organization and work with clients or staff. We believe that language connects us, and through sharing our stories with each other we embrace and transcend our differences. Teaching artists can develop unique creative writing content that encompasses a broad spectrum of voices, literary expression, and builds skills in writing while also fostering community and empathy. You can select from a wide variety of class topics including:

  • Fiction, Short Story, and Novel Writing
  • Memoir and Personal Essay
  • Poetry, Prose-Poetry
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Writing the College Admission Essay
  • Journalism

The Loft has already worked with human service providers to provide meaningful and impactful content, including:

  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation | creative writing for caregivers and personal writing for older adults
  • Jackson Street Village | spoken word poetry
  • Mayo Clinic | creative writing for effective communication
  • People Serving People | spoken word poetry
  • Veterans in the Arts | fiction writing for military veterans
  • The Sholom Foundation | personal writing for older adults
  • The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute | personal writing to heal

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Sample Classes (PDF)


To learn more, please contact the Loft’s Outreach & Partnership Sales Manager, Melissa Wray, at

Further Reading

Using Art to Heal (New York Times)

Veterans Learn to Write and Heal (New York Times)

How Writing Can Heal (University of Texas)