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The Loft's School-Based Creative Writing Residencies

“The time students spent with Kate St. Vincent Vogl validated many of the things they’d learned in class without writing memoir, but she pushed them to think deeply about authorship and who else is brought into a story and how. After our time working with her at the Loft, the conversation around the students’ writing shifted: they sought more feedback and saw memoir as the public endeavor that it is.”

Kathryn Campbell, Upper School English and Journalism Teacher, St. Paul Academy

“You can make anything by writing.” – C.S. Lewis

Loft teaching artists can offer creative writing programs for K-12 students. Teaching artists will work with English teachers to develop a unique creative writing curriculum. School-based writing workshops incorporate elements of literary analysis, peer critique, and revision. Students are introduced to literary examples not traditionally taught in schools, and given a range of creative writing prompts and in-class activities that broaden and deepen students’ engagement with the work already being done in the classroom.

Creative writing programs can be brought to a variety of school settings, and to both public and private schools, including:

  • Elementary School (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)
  • College Preparatory Schools
  • ESL Learners

Teaching artists can develop unique creative writing content that encompasses a broad spectrum of voices, literary expression, and builds skills in reading and writing. Classes can be customized to fit the needs and interests of the classroom, and English teachers are invited to collaborate with Loft teaching artists to design a program that will excite and stimulate their class. A wide variety of class topics can be taught to youth and teens, including:

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

What schools have already participated in the Loft’s Teaching Artist in Residency Program? 

  • FAIR School
  • Jackson Middle School
  • Minnehaha Academy
  • Sauk Centre School District
  • Stevenson Elementary School
  • St. Paul Academy
  • Chisago Lakes Middle School
  • South Education Center Alternative High School
  • Face to Face Academy
  • Mahtomedi Middle School
  • Apple Valley High School
  • Yinghua Academy

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Sample Classes (PDF)

Learning Levels (PDF)

Sample Syllabus

Residency FAQ

If you have other questions about the program, please contact the Loft’s Outreach & Partnership Sales Manager, Melissa Wray, at

Further Reading

An Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing in Schools (The Atlantic)

The Best Writing Teachers are Writers Themselves (The Atlantic)

New Dorp High School's Writing Revolution (The Atlantic)