Youth Programs

Join us for Summer 2020 at the Loft!

The Loft's Young Writer's Program consists of week-long writing camps that take place over five weeks in the summer. Classes meet Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Join us for a morning or afternoon class, or make a whole day of it! Students enrolled in both morning and afternoon classes may sign up for lunchtime care (more info below).

All classes take place at our location in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis. Our classes are generally broken down into suggested age ranges of 13-17, 15-17, 12-14, 9-11, and 6-8 years. Loft/MCBA Combo classes happen in partnership with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and include writing in a Loft classroom, and hands on book arts activities in MCBA studio space.

The Loft also offers classes during the school year which take place on Saturdays. For information about any of our youth programming, please call 612-379-8999.

Register Online

Visit the link below. Under the "Category" menu, select "Youth." Then, click the "Filter" button to view our classes for young writers.

The Loft's Young Writers' Program

We have a number of new classes to explore, and lots of returning favorites. This summer, we're rethinking the superhero (and creating our own!), confronting what it means to be writing—and living—in the time of climate change, making our own books with the help of our friends at MCBA, and even writing our own movies! 

Check out our full listings here:

Lunchtime Care

The Loft provides lunchtime supervision to children and teens who are enrolled in a morning and/or afternoon class at the Loft. The Loft does NOT provide meals during this time, only supervision and activities between noon and 1 p.m. 

Register for lunchtime care here:

Students with Special Needs & Allergies

Youth students with special needs, disabilities, and serious allergies are always welcome at the Loft! Please call us to discuss how the Loft can accommodate the needs of your child or teen (hearing/sight impairments, children with PCAs, learning challenges) in order for them to participate and enjoy Loft classes! Reach us at 612-379-8999.


Families or individuals enrolled in a public assistance program (including Free & Reduced Lunch) are eligible for 95% scholarships toward Loft summer youth classes. For more information, call or email us at 612-379-8999 or

NEW for 2020!
Loftie Book Club for Teens

Do you love to read books and discuss the real-world topics they bring up? Are you interested in meeting other teens in the Twin Cities literary community? Would you like to gain experience facilitating discussions about new young adult novels? Join the Loftie Book Club for Teens!

The Loftie Book Club for Teens is an opportunity for teens to meet and engage in fresh conversations. Each session will include small- and large-group discussions and activities, prompts about literary, social, and political topics, and opportunities for students to facilitate discussions of their own.

This class is free to attend, but registration is required in order to estimate attendance. Reading the book for each session is not required but recommended in order to fully participate in discussion.

Open to all levels! Students are welcome to register and attend one, two, or all three sessions of the book club. We'll meet on the following Saturdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.:

three book covers: Woven in Midnight by Isabel Ibañez, Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay, and All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace