Current Class List

If searching for youth classes please filter by 'Category' >> 'Youth.' The genre 'Children's and Young Adult Literature' is for adult writers intending their work for children and young adults.

Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pitch Practice for Wordsmith (Session 1)

These 25-minute one-on-one sessions with Coffee House Press associate editor Lizzie Davis can provide you with feedback that can better position you to pursue publication. After making your pitch (about 5 minutes), you’ll use the remaining time with Lizzie to discuss your project, assess the publication market, and further hone and polish your pitch. This is a low-stakes, fun opportunity to sit down face-to-face to make your pitch to an editor—and then make it even stronger.

Artists
Price
Regular $45.00
Member $45.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
1
Open Seats
2
Childrens and YA Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
You Can Write a Picture Book!
Parents! Grandparents! Teachers! Librarians! You've read a thousand picture books and you've thought to yourself, "I could do that!" In this fast-paced introduction, you'll learn the basics of the picture book form, practice reading great picture books as a writer, and start a draft of a story.
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
October 5, 2019-October 12, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aspects of Poetic Craft: Generating New Work

This double-session class will involve at least two daily writing prompts/journeys, discussions of craft tied to poems by master poets, and sharing of insights on process. The idea is not to necessarily finish a poem, but to generate material for potential poems without the crushing pressure of "completion."

Artists
Price
Regular $210.00
Low Income $147.00
Member $189.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
2
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Help Me! Writing the College Application Essay
Are you already stressing about what to write for that essay on your college application? This teaching artist, an Ivy League graduate, will share what you need to know to select a strong topic, craft a strong essay, and present yourself as a strong candidate in the college admission process.
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Youth
Level
15–17
Number of Sessions
1
Writing Project Holder
Date
Time
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Poetry, Picture Book, Novel, and Memoir Writing Project Information Session 1

The year-long Poetry, Novel, Picture Book, and Memoir Writing Projects are 4 separate programs who share many similarities; this info session is designed to answer your questions, and will be led by Gretchen Marquette, Peter Geye, Molly Beth Griffin, and Nicole Helget, as well as the Loft's Program Director in Education.

Price
Regular $0.00
Low Income $0.00
Member $0.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Children's and Young Adult Literature Creative Nonfiction Fiction Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Fiction Graphic
Date
October 9, 2019-December 4, 2019
Getting Through It: Starting AND Finishing a Novel in 8 Weeks
Everyone loves the idea of writing a novel...until they start it. "Getting Through It" breaks down what you need for a novel, how to outline your book before you start it, chapter by chapter, and work on plot, characterization, world-building, and point of view.
Artists
Price
Regular $312.00
Member $280.80
Location
Online
Genre
Fiction
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
8
Loft If Theme Graphic
Date
October 9, 2019-November 6, 2019
The Loft Presents If: The Emotional Realms of Weird Fiction, Fabulism, and Magical Realism
Literal floods of light; impossible TV shows that never feature the same cast twice; mysteries written on our bones. The strangest premises offer a brilliant glance at deep truth. Where does the emotional power of irreality come from. How can writers channel that to create something impossible yet undeniably real?
Artists
Price
Regular $156.00
Member $140.40
Location
Online
Genre
Fiction
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
4
Multigenre Graphic
Date
October 9, 2019-November 6, 2019
Tarot Tells the Story
The Tarot has long been used as a divination tool, but did you know that it is also the secret weapon of many professional writers? In this exploratory class, we will learn to use the Tarot cards as a tool for generating stories and deepening the writing process.
Artists
Price
Regular $80.00
Member $72.00
Location
Online
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
4
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
October 9, 2019-November 6, 2019
Sweeping Back the Curtain: Writing Toward Publication
Want to learn how to publish your writing? This class covers terminology, processes, and dos and don'ts of literary publishing to give you the biggest leg up possible when you send your work out into the literary world.
Artists
Price
Regular $80.00
Member $72.00
Location
Online
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Online
Level
Intermediate
Number of Weeks
4