The Loft's Novel Writing Project 2022—In Person Cohort

Open Seats


Regular $7,000.00
Member $6,940.00
February 3, 2022-December 15, 2022
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Thursday Saturday
YLWP Novel Peter Geye Rectangle

Your novel, from first word to last and on to market.

One year is plenty of time to write a novel. That’s the first lesson of this year-long course. The hundred other lessons that follow will take into account everything from how to begin to how to end, and what to do with your novel once you’ve finished. Over the course of the next year, we’ll write seriously, we’ll read like scholars, we’ll meet best selling authors, luminaries in publishing, and distinguished booksellers and local literary agents. But most importantly, we’ll develop the resources and relationships to move ahead with a writing life once the course is finished. Please see the special Novel Writing Project page on the Loft's website for further information including schedule and syllabus.

The goal for this cohort is to meet in-person, in a Loft classroom at Open Book, in Downtown Minneapolis, beginning in January, pending evolving pandemic conditions. If COVID-19 prevents in-person meetings, live meetings will take place weekly online using Zoom. Please consider this as you decide to register for the 2022 program.

One-on-one meetings with Peter Geye will also be held over the course of the year. These include one introductory meeting before the program kicks off in February, and one manuscript consultation session with Peter after the program concludes (and you submit your final manuscript) in December. Again, the goal is for these one to one meetings to happen in-person, but may transition to a virtual space, as evolving pandemic conditions inform our 2022 programming.

Your program orientation meeting is scheduled to take place Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 6pm in the performance hall at the Loft at Open Book. It will take place online via Zoom if pandemic conditions dictate.

Your final public reading will be Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 7pm in the performance hall at The Loft/Open Book.

Vaccination Required

Please note this section has a Covid-19 vaccination requirement. Details here