What’s Next? Pushing Beyond the “Beginning Writer” Stage

Regular $210.00
Member $189.00
March 18, 2021-April 22, 2021
Noon-2 p.m.
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
6 Week
Multigenre Graphic

You’re not a beginner at creative writing any more. You’ve taken a few generative-style classes and are practicing writing regularly. But critique-based workshops sound daunting. Maybe you even jumped into one of those workshops but felt unprepared and out of your depth. If you’re stuck in the middle of this writing journey and unsure how to make progress, this class is for you. (It’s especially for you if you’re not sure whether to call yourself “intermediate” yet!) Gently, we’ll ease into the transition to workshop by discussing how to provide effective and kind critical feedback to others and how best to receive feedback in the workshop setting.

You’ll have the chance to workshop a short piece of your own—with a lot more teacher supervision and guidance than in a traditional workshop. We’ll also discuss the writing process, including strategies on building a writing routine and how to develop a full story out of an idea. Plus, we’ll cover some of the practical stuff of the writing life: exploring publications, staying grounded through rejections and envy, applying for residencies and grants, and finding a community.

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.