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The Loft's Year Long Writing Projects with Peter Geye, Danez Smith, and Nicole Helget

Your book, from first word to last—and on to market.

The Loft's Writing Projects are year-long, intensive programs designed to help you finally complete that book. The Novel Writing Project is led by acclaimed novelist Peter Geye, the Poetry Writing Project is led by National Book Award Finalist Danez Smith, and the Memoir Writing Project is led by renowned memoirist Nicole Helget.

Information sessions will be held Tuesday, October 9 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 at 3 p.m. at the Loft for those interested in talking with Loft education staff or Peter Geye, Danez Smith, and Nicole Helget in more detail. These sessions are free and open to the public and we do ask that you register for the info sessions.

Participation is limited to 12 people per project for the year that will form a close cohort of novelists, poets, or memoirists. Each participant will receive:

  • 4 one-on-one meetings with the instructor to consult on your individual project, which includes a final full manuscript critique.

  • A communal writing and discussion space at Open Book, for the duration of the Writing Project.

  • 27 cohort meetings throughout the year. These meetings will include:

    • Workshop

    • Visiting authors and publishing professionals

    • Instructor consultations

    • Final manuscript consultation

  • A final public reading (5-7 min from each reader) at the Loft in January 2020.

  • A $250 Loft gift card upon completion of the program, so that participants may continue their engagement with the writing life and further support their studies of writing craft with future Loft services (more classes, attend a conference, take an online class, etc.)