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.

Fiction Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bigger on the Inside: Understanding the Structure of the Short Story
This class will unpack the underlying architecture and elements of short fiction, leading to a greater understanding of why certain stories feel like novels and why certain stories are uniquely situated for shorter forms. Attendees will practice developing story arc seeds, experiment with beginnings, and consider the tenuous (but important) role that backstory can play in providing texture and character development within a few thousand words. 
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Advanced Poetry: Imagery and Abstraction
Balancing imagery and abstraction in a poem is an advanced skill that poets learn by close reading and intense writing practice. Work on how to make your love poem sound less like a Hallmark card and how to address issues of freedom and truth without the harangue.
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
1
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Basics to Getting Your Book Published
This class offers guidance to getting your book published for beginners. We will walk through: formatting, searching for appropriate markets and publishing venues, model and practice writing a pitch letter, how to submit your work, common mistakes to avoid, along with tips and strategies to getting published.
Artists
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Emotional Moments: A Class for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers
How to harness the emotions from the big moments of life, real and imagined, and bring them into clarity and focus, transfer them from the page to the heart of one's readers? This class will focus on how to write, deliver, and critique emotional moments in writing. Come prepared to write honestly and to give and receive sound feedback about what is working when we are dealing with the most powerful moments of our lives, of our work.
Artists
Price
Regular $15.00
Member $13.50
Pay What You Can $0.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
For Readers Graphic
Date
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Loftie Book Club

Love book clubs but wish they were a little bit more focused on the book? Month to month, join Loft staffers for elevated discussions on books that relate to our programming. Through guided discussions at the beautiful Finnegan’s Brewery, read some amazing books by authors coming to the Loft this year.

Artists
Price
Regular $15.00
Low Income $7.00
Member $10.00
Location
Finnegans Brew Co.
Genre
For Readers
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Teaching In Community: A Class for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers
Are you interested in teaching writing in community? The Loft seeks teaching artists to propose new classes year round. This one day class will cover the building blocks of submitting a Loft class proposal, including tips on how to write a class description that reflects class content and a teaching artist bio that best showcases your skill set. A portion of class time will be spent crafting a class proposal. We’ll also discuss how teaching is valuable to career development, enriches the creative process, and fosters community.
Artists
Price
Regular $0.00
Low Income $0.00
Member $0.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Fiction Graphic
Date
September 16, 2019-December 9, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Writing Fiction: Voice and Style

In this class, open to writers of novels, short stories, screenplays, or teleplays, we’ll discover the best way for each student to develop and accentuate their own voice, in order to create unique work that stands out regardless of fictional medium or genre.

Artists
Price
Regular $420.00
Low Income $294.00
Member $378.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
12
Poetry Graphic
Date
September 16, 2019-October 21, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
American Mythology Through Poetry and Prose
This class will once again investigate the formation of American identity as told by writers. We'll dissect poems made into minstrel shows, books that fed Fake News, and other ways artists have shaped history. We'll also write poems challenging our own mythologies and redefine our relationships with the literary canon.
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
6
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
September 17, 2019-December 10, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Beginning the Narrative Life: Writing Memoir
Covering the basics of characterization, setting, and so much more, this class will result in the beginnings of a book-length memoir or a longer personal essay. Weekly exercises and readings along with a field trip and DVD will inspire new writing. Constructive feedback provided by class members and teaching artist.
Artists
Price
Regular $420.00
Low Income $294.00
Member $378.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
12