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.

Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Fairy Tales, Myths, Magic, and Bookmaking: A Loft/MCBA Writing and Book Arts Class 

Explore the timeless territory of magic as you write your own myth-inspired fairy tale! After writing their hair-raising adventures, students will bring their magical world to life in a pop-up book created at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Price
Regular $55.50
Low Income $38.85
Member $49.95
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Youth
Level
9 to 11
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Poetry Revision Honeymoon

Looking for that poetry spark? Revise, fall in love with your poems again—and send them out! We will discuss the little extras that make a poetry contest judge stop in his or her tracks, and you'll embark on revision prompts so enticing you’ll barely realize you are Doing Hard Work.

Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Everything You Want to Know About Submitting Your Work But Don't Know to Ask
Ready to submit your work but still have questions? Designed for writers at any level, this class will walk you through the submission process, help you draft an effective cover letter, and give a peek at what editors see on the other side. Plus, lots of time for your questions!
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Use Your Imagination!
Create characters, get to know them, and put them in original stories. This is a class for kids who love to draw, write, use their imaginations, and be inspired by a beloved author and illustrator who has published over 65 books and really knows her characters (and imagination!)
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Process
Family
Youth
Level
6 to 8
Number of Sessions
1
Fiction Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Beginning a Novel (in a Million Little Pieces)

Often beginning novelists plow ahead in chronological order, clinging tightly to an outline. In this class, we'll use excerpts as springboards for writing "a Million Little Pieces" of a novel. By pushing our attention toward bits of image, memory, and dialogue, we'll discover places of tension and energy that a more traditional approach might not uncover.


 
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
1
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Help! I Don't Know What to Write!
In this class, we'll go over many of the ways writers get their creative engines revved up and moving, from exercises in basic character formation and development to creating vivid scenes and scenarios for your characters to live and participate in.
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Process
Family
Youth
Level
12 to 14
Number of Sessions
1
Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Creating Community Through Processing Trauma On the Page, A Template for Assembling an Anthology: A Class for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers
Writers Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang both experienced infant loss/miscarriage, an experience that is traumatic enough without the fact that there is virtually no published personal writing on the topic—particularly from Indigenous women and women of color. Because of this emotional isolation, they decided to create an anthology around the topic, and invited Native women and women of color to submit work. In the process, they built a community, and a book, What God Is Honored Here?, which the University of Minnesota Press will release this fall. In this class, Gibney will explore possibilities and strategies for how writers from these communities might build community through processing various experiences on the page, organizing them into a book or anthology, and eventually, publishing them.
Artists
Price
Regular $15.00
Member $13.50
Pay What You Can $0.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
Noon-5 p.m.
Afternoon Character Intensive: Bring Your Characters to Life on the Page
Characters are the heartbeat of story—imagined or real, they must come alive on the page. This class will help you explore key character-building skills—longing, desire, external and internal motivation, appearance, community, values, secrets, backstory. Memoir or fiction writers (any stage) welcome.
Price
Regular $87.50
Low Income $61.25
Member $78.75
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
Noon-5 p.m.
Your Book Starts Here: Learn to Storyboard Your Book!
Build a strong structure of your book via storyboard brainstorming. Great for all stages, from writers just starting their book projects to those with a draft in progress. Find holes to fill, organize research, strengthen plots and character arcs. For writers at any stage: ideas to early draft to revision.
Price
Regular $87.50
Low Income $61.25
Member $78.75
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1