Away from the Desk: Residencies, Conferences, Fellowships, and More

Regular $70.00
Member $63.00
Low Income $49.00
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Publishing and Career
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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If you’re wondering if residencies and conferences are for you, now is the time to find out! A great part of being a writer is engaging in the writing community and exploring new locations Being granted time to focus can lead to greater productivity and creativity. Opportunities could be around the corner or around the world, for a weekend or a year. This class sorts through the differences between residencies, retreats, conferences and more, how to find one that’s right for your writing in any stage of your career, and how to apply. We’ll also discuss how to maximize your time away, or learn from rejected applications or dropped projects. You’ll have a chance to research opportunities and work on applications with a teaching artist who has been awarded several such opportunities and served as a judge for competitive application submissions. Class will take place online, via Zoom, in a live meeting, with ample time for “in-class” writing exercises.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio & video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes might also have a supplemental Google Classroom page. In order to access Google Classroom pages, you will need a Gmail address. Should your teaching artist have a Google Classroom page, you will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of your class. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.