The Loft Poetry Apprenticeship 2023

Open Seats


Regular $7,500.00
Member $7,440.00
January 31, 2023 - December 12, 2023
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
YLWP Poetry Marquette Rectangle

The time has come to gather and assemble your work. Individual poems that stand alone can, with purposeful ordering, also reinforce and illuminate each other. In this year-long apprenticeship with poet Gretchen Marquette you’ll develop your voice through customized individual mentorship as well as cohort meetings. You’ll also receive peer and teaching mentor feedback on all stages of your poetry collection and develop a supportive community of like-minded writers and readers who are eager to engage, grow, and develop as poets.

Over the course of your apprenticeship, you’ll find what anchors your collection, cultivate your gut feeling for a satisfying and strategic arc, and discover and articulate your work’s primary concerns. You will also discover how your collection stands in conversation with other good work being done in contemporary poetry.

This cohort will meet online, with live meetings via Zoom, for the entire year. This is a good option either if you are local to the Twin Cities or from farther afield. Log-in information for your weekly Zoom meetings will be provided in your confirmation email.

One-on-one meetings with Gretchen will also be held over the course of the year, live online via Zoom. These include one introductory meeting before the program kicks off in February, and one manuscript consultation session with Gretchen after the program concludes (and you submit your final manuscript) in December.

Your program orientation meeting is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 6pm via Zoom. Log-in information will be communicated in your confirmation email.

Your final public reading will be Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 7pm online. The reading will be free and open to the public. Log-in information will be communicated at the end of your program year.