This winter, the Loft presents Needs, featuring a number of linked classes and events to explore the theme.
No human can exist without food, water, and safety. After that, we need a reason to get up, explore, and connect. As Joan Didion said, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Through the sharing of ideas and experiences we come to understand the world around us and imagine what it might be like to wander in someone else's shoes.
The Loft believes that stories are a basic need. But how do stories teach us to live well? Why do we react with outrage or joy from news stories about people we've never met? Are there poems that get you out of bed in the morning? Do you read to your child (or to yourself) in order to sleep at night? Through the theme of Needs, the Loft will explore the ways in which the written word unpacks need and helps keep us alive, nourished, and connected.
Throughout the year, the Loft offers hundreds of in-person, online, and youth classes in standard genres like poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as offerings in numerous other offerings including creativity, the business side of writing, and genre specifics like mystery, romance, and screenwriting to name a few.
Whether you write novels or sestinas, memoir or 'zines, movies or blogs you’ll find a class just right for you at the Loft.
Loft teaching artists are experienced, professional writers. More importantly, they are committed to working with a wide range of writers—from new writers building their confidence to experienced writers ready to hone their craft and seek publication.
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The Loft offers classes aimed at youth all year round, with the bulk of our offerings taking place in the summer. Classes are designed for youth of all abilities and focus on developing a lifelong passion for storytelling, reading, and writing. Most classes break down into age ranges of 6–8; 9–11; 12–14; 13–17; and 15–17. Search our listings by category "youth" to get started.