Upside Down: Writing the Familiar Into Strange

Regular $52.50
Member $47.25
November 7, 2020-November 14, 2020
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
13 to 17
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Double Session
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Are books and stories your dearest friends in dark times? Are daydreams the refuge you come home to? Could words be the escape you’re craving from the world?

This is a generative writing class about unearthing strange stories inside familiar rooms. We’re accustomed to searching for ideas in the outside world—sketching from nature or capturing family drama or scribbling down overheard conversations. In this class, we turn inward. We’ll build a ship from the everyday scraps around us and journey together into the deeps of your imagination. We’ll incorporate magic, fantasy, and horror into our writing to turn the banal into the babadook. Using discussions, readings, prompts, and games, we’ll spot the spooky stories hiding within everyday books, songs and memories. Shake off those quarantine doldrums because all your weirdest ideas are about to rear up and come to life.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, 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. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

In order to access the Google Classroom page for this class, you will need a Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here.   You will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of the class. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. 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.