Excellence in Teaching Fellowships

The Loft Literary Center and the Madeline Island School for the Arts (MISA) invite nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Fellowship. Fellows receive one week at MISA to work on a writing project of their choice. A private room with queen bed and bath on suite is provided on the prairie view setting of the MISA campus. In addition to high-speed internet access, this exclusive lodging has mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffee pots. A continental breakfast is available in the dining facilities, and MISA provides an additional $25 per diem for meals at one of four Island restaurants. Typically the school is not in session during the July 4th and Labor Day week; however, if there are workshops during those weeks, then meals will be provided at MISA. Transportation to and from MISA (including ferry fees) is not included.

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, stunning beaches, and many hiking and biking trails, provides the perfect setting for writers to work on their craft.

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020 Loft/MISA Fellowships for Excellence in Teaching. If you are a Loft teaching artist, encourage your students to nominate fellow teaching artists you feel deserve this award - including yourself! You may also nominate yourself. Anyone who has taught at the Loft in 2017, 2018, and 2019 is eligible. 2019 Fellowship recipients are not eligible for the 2020 fellowship. Nomination forms can be requested from the Loft education office, and they will be placed in the evaluation packets of all Loft classes. Three Loft teaching artists will be selected for fellowships at MISA on the following dates:

Summer fellowship: You may arrive at MISA as early as Friday July 3, 2020 and depart as late as Saturday July 11, 2020.

Fall fellowship: You may arrive at MISA as early as Saturday September 5, 2020 and depart as late as Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Fellowships are meant to encourage one's writing practice, the start or completion of a writing project, and can accommodate one adult in a private room. Fellowships are also meant to encourage Loft teaching artist interest in teaching at MISA. Fellowships (space to write in single occupancy lodging, on-site meals, and $25 per diem for off site dinner) are not meant to accommodate guests, friends, or family members. Transportation to MISA is the responsibility of each fellow.

Nominees may select which date they prefer, but we cannot guarantee a preferred date. If a date needs to be turned down, we will select an alternate for the fellowship; no other date options are provided, and we cannot extend the fellowship into another year. Acceptance of the fellowship is the equivalent of acceptance of these terms. Nominations will be accepted through 5pm Friday April 10, 2020; nominees will be notified by end of day Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (this date is approximate, subject to change, patience appreciated).

You may fill out the nomination form here and email or mail to the Loft education office:

loft@loft.org (include "MISA Fellowship Nomination" in the subject line)


The Loft Literary Center

ATTN: Education Department

1011 Washington Ave, Suite 200

Minneapolis MN 55415