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 2021 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 2019, 2020, and 2021 is eligible. Two Loft teaching artists will be selected for fellowships at MISA during either of the following fellowship periods:

Summer Fellowship: The summer fellowship will take place between July 5 and July 12, 2021, with some flexibility around arrival and departure dates.

Fall Fellowship: The fall fellowship will take place between September 4 and September 11, 2021, with some flexibility around arrival and departure dates.

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 be will open in summer and fall 2021. Due to the 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 9, 2021.

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