Loft After School: Telling Your Story

Regular $210.00
Member $189.00
March 2, 2021-April 20, 2021
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
13 to 17
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
8 Week
Class Youth After School
Loft After School 2021 Moulton

"Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life." - Mary Oliver

This class will examine how American stories are told and who tells them. We will focus on developing our own literary voice and identifying the unique voice of the poets, essayists, graphic novelists, and fiction writers that the course will introduce. How is story cultivated? What makes a story authentic? How does literature foster empathy?

We will begin the course with the wise words of Mary Oliver and then move on to writing our own stories (essay, short story, or poem). Together we will examine three writers such as Bui, Rankine, and Tyler and consider the way each author uses different forms of storytelling to provide a window into very different but very real worlds. Each student should expect to undertake and complete their own creative writing project during this class (an essay, short story, or poem), as well as further their understanding of the ways in which we can write about our own lives.

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Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, 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 and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. 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.