Year-Long Writing Projects

2024 Registration

Each project will ask you to sign up first. You will then be connected with the project leader for a conversation to ensure that this is a good fit to help you reach your goals. Once approved, you will then pay and complete your registration. 

Registration for Summer Start Cohort opens: May 2024

If not now, when? 

A year is more than enough time to finish a polished manuscript, but it takes guidance and determination.

As a participant of The Loft's Year-Long Writing Project program, you'll work with one of our award-winning, published instructors and join small cohort for a year of rigorous reading, focused writing, meticulous revising, and deep study of craft. Through group cohort meetings, workshop, individual study, and a full manuscript consultation, we can help you take your novel, memoir, or poetry collection to the next level over the course of one year. You’ll meet best-selling authors, luminaries in publishing, distinguished booksellers, and literary agents.

After 12 months of studying with instructor Peter Geye (Novel Writing Project), Carolyn Holbrook (Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Project), 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin (Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Project), or Heid E. Erdrich (Poetry Apprenticeship), your manuscript(s) will be submission-ready, and you'll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to pitch to editors, pursue publication, and move forward with a writing life. All cohorts meet online via Zoom.


Participation is limited to 12 people per project cohort for the year. There is no application for the Year-Long Writing Projects. When registration opens, please sign up for the genre you are interested in to join the waiting list. Please note that you can only sign up and be considered for one genre cohort.

We will then reach out to the list and schedule a check in between you and the teaching artist to ensure that the program is a good fit for your goals. Payment and final registration will take place after this initial call. Placement in the cohort is not guaranteed, and if you or the teaching artist decides this is not a good fit before the second session, you are eligible for a full refund. Please see our terms and tuition page for more information.

Upcoming Year-Long Cohorts
Writing Project Information

Info Session

The Loft hosted a free info session on October 25 with our Writer Project mentors for winter 2024 start dates. Tune in below if you missed the session.