Excellence in Teaching Fellowships

Nominate a Loft teaching artist for a week-long writing retreat at Madeline Island School of the Arts!

The Loft Literary Center and the Madeline Island School for the Arts (MISA) invite nominations for the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Fellowship.   

Two fellows will be awarded one week at MISA to work on a writing project of their choice. MISA is one of the nation’s premier art and craft schools and is located on a uniquely restored Wisconsin dairy farm on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands. The beauty of the natural environment, with its quaint village atmosphere, provides the perfect setting for writers to work on their craft.

Fellowships include space to write in single-occupancy lodging, on-site meals, and $25 per diem for off-site dinners. Anyone who has taught at the Loft in 2020, 2021, and 2022 is eligible. All recipients will be awarded a week-long residency during either the week of July 2 through July 9, or September 3 through September 10, 2022. Recipients will be able to choose either week according to whichever works best for their schedule. There is some flexibility in term of arrival and departure dates, but all residencies must take place within the approximate time frames listed below: 

July Term:

Earliest arrival – Saturday, July 2, anytime after 3 p.m.

Latest departure – Saturday, July 9, anytime before 10 a.m.


September Term:

Earliest arrival – Saturday, September 3, anytime after 3 p.m.

Latest departure – Saturday, September 11, anytime before 10 a.m.


Nominees may select which date they prefer; however, we cannot guarantee a preferred date. If a nominee is unable to accept a fellowship during the provided dates, an alternate recipient will be awarded the fellowship. Fellowships may not be deferred to the following year. Acceptance of the fellowship is the equivalent of acceptance of these terms.

Note: We are operating under the assumption that the Madeline Island School for the Arts will remain open in summer and fall 2022. Due to the continuing uncertain public health situation around COVID-19, any decision about postponement, cancellation, etc. will be communicated to nominees or fellows should that situation change.


If you are a Loft teaching artist, encourage your students to nominate fellow teaching artists you feel deserve this award—and, yes, that means you can nominate yourself! Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Nominees will be notified within the first week of May. (This timeline is approximate and subject to change. We appreciate your patience!)