Loft-Sponsored Writing Groups

Loft-sponsored writing and discussion groups give members of the Twin Cities literary community an accessible, supportive, stimulating, and relaxed environment in which to share their words. These groups seek to foster and nurture writers from all walks of the local writing community. Most groups meet at Open Book in the Loft’s Book Club Room. All groups are run by volunteer facilitators and are free and open to the public.

Join an Existing Group: To join any of the following groups contact the group facilitator.

Form a New Group: To start a new Loft-sponsored writing group contact Bao Phi, Associate Program Director, by email at or by phone at 612-215-2585. The Loft may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Visit our community posting page for more writing group opportunities.

50+ and Writing
First Saturday, 9:30—11:30 am
Facilitator: James Borden

Do you have 50 + years of living experience and want to take the step toward putting your creative stories or life experiences on paper? This writing group is for beginners and non-published writers of the fiction and creative nonfiction genre. Members must commit to submit writings on an assigned schedule with the intent to review one or two member's writings per month. There will also be one short writing exercise per month for those members who do not have a writing project and want to begin the practice of producing a piece on a monthly basis. Member must be willing to share writings in a group setting, review a member's writings before the group and come prepared to give feedback. Group discussions will include peer critiques and general theme topics such as character development, plot and topics identified by the group. 

This group will provide the opportunity to share writings and receive feedback from members who have lived in the same time but have had different experiences throughout the last 50 + years.  

Black Lines Matter
Saturdays (Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 18, Apr 1, Apr 15, Apr 29), 6–8 p.m.
Facilitator: BlackTableArts

Black-Lines-Matter is a regular, Black/p.o.c-centered writing meet-up hosted by BlackTableArts. These sessions will be held bi-weekly and geared toward two things: 1) Holding space for Black/p.o.c writers to create, conjure and share new work, and 2) Studying poetic craft through protest poetry.

These sessions are open to the public and will be Black/p.o.c-centered, organized and celebrated. These sessions are free to attend and participate.

Please join us at The Loft Literary Center as we search for magic through lines and language in order to celebrate, survive and fight.

Warrior Writers MN
Third Saturdays monthly, 1–2:30 p.m.

Warrior writers MN will affiliate with the national organization based in Philadelphia. Their stated mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans’ experiences, build a collaborative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to war and the full range of military service.

Our goals as a local chapter are to encourage veterans to start or continue writing in the medium of their choice as way to heal from PTSD or simply be heard. We seek to mutually aid our fellow veterans as they hone and refine their writing skills whether simply for personal use, self-publishing, or seeking out an agent for marketing to a large publishing house. We will offer a safe space for veterans to share their service related or civilian stories in a supportive environment while simultaneously shattering stereotypes of what it means to be a veteran.

Just Write Now—Open Mic Workshop
Saturdays, 4–6 p.m.
Facilitator: Queen Frye (

Is that brave space created for Men of Color for the exchange of ideas and the application and demonstration of writing. This 3rd season, a six week session, will focus on the foundations of basic writing skills and finding OUR voice through the use of the following texts: The Rose That Grew From Concrete by TuPac Shakur and Write To Be Heard by Diane Sherlock and Aaron D. Gransky. Each participant has the opportunity to have their created works circulated on the Just Write Now—ReEntry Radio Show on WFNU 94.1 FM Frogtown. Wherever you are in your journey of writing, you belong here. 

Saved by Faith & Verse
Alternating Sundays, 3-5:30 p.m., Open Book Classroom 208
Contact: Nimo Farah

This year-long writing workshop will focus on poetry as well as multiple literary forms such as essay, memoir, short story, and journalism; and that will also focus on literary career-building. It will be facilitated by recognized Minnesota literary artists from a diversity of cultures, and will support the artistic and literary career growth of both emerging and accomplished Somali writers.

Somali Language & Literature Study Circle
First and Third Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Anwar Diiriye

This group brings together Somali men and women of diverse backgrounds for the purpose of promoting Somali culture, language, and literature. The group meets with established poet, educator, playwright and filmmaker, Saciid Saalax Axmed; as well as with other well-versed Somalis, including teachers, writers, doctors, and college students. We are open to both Somalis and non-Somalis alike. Our goal is to create a literary awareness of the Somali people. Aside from our regular meetings, the group aims to have an annual cultural heritage symposium.

Finote Tibeb Literary Group
First Sunday, 2 – 5 p.m.
Facilitator: Dawit Worku Asefour

Finote Tibeb Literary Art Center is an Ethiopian Art Center established to promote and nurture Ethiopian art, theater, music and literature for Ethiopians and the community at large.

Open Voices Writing Group
Second Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Greta Huttanus

Open Voices is made up of writers from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Our goal is to explore the world through culture, heritage, and humanity, portraying these perspectives authentically as integral elements in the words we share.

Peace and Social Justice Writers’ Group
Fourth Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Philip Lund

This group is comprised of writers who consciously explore the nature of peace, and through our activities aim to renew and maintain a sense of hope for the future. By sharing our writing and discussing the works of writers who inspire and move us toward action, we endeavor to refine our talents and use our creative craft to promote peace and sustainable justice in our world. The group is open to all experience levels and writing genres. This group meets January through October.

TGI Frybread Native American Writers Group
*This group will be taking summer 2016 off, and starting in September, will meet on 1st Monday, 6 – 8 p.m.
Facilitator: Colleen Casey, Marne Zafar

The TGI Frybread writing group explores various writing styles and formats, allowing for member opportunities to share work, workshop pieces, and support each other‘s creative journeys. If you don’t wish to share your writing, come anyway and enjoy connecting with a community of native writers.