Loft Themes

Loft Themes

Much like how an art museum might present a special exhibit, the Loft is introducing seasonal thematic programming. Our themes will help connect you across many of the Loft program offerings. We believe that poems and stories can be an important lens through which to view the world, and can be part of important issues and conversations in civic life. Loft themes will compel us all to look at the words we write and authors we read in new ways.


Outside My Window (Fall: Sept–Dec 2021)

Many of us felt our worlds shrink a bit during the last year as vacations were cancelled, offices closed, and events postponed. But we also found that some of the most powerful stories are the ones right in our backyards. Writing from right where we are can tell us a lot about ourselves, our neighbors, and the world around us. 

When we look through a window, we see the world from a unique perspective. What story can only we tell? How might someone looking through another window see it? What are we missing when we can only see a bit of the world through a pane of glass? And in a time when many of us are isolated from each other, how do we bring all of these perspectives together? 

This fall the Loft will explore the mosaic of stories and perspectives from each of our respective windows. Join us for classes, events, and programs starting September 2021.

Outside My Window Offerings

The thematic classes and event offered this fall.

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ADULT CLASS: Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Window into New Worlds

September 15–November 3, 2021 | with Lyda Morehouse

Join this class to look out the backyard window into new worlds that still reflect current, personal values. We will read stories by queer SF/F writers of color, forge our own new tales, and hone our works-in-progress.

Upcoming Themes

Winter 2022 (Jan-Apr 2022): Know Your Place(!)?

Fall 2022 (Sep-Dec 2022): Fellowship

Winter 2023 (Jan-Apr 2023): Homage/Tribute

Previous Themes

Fall 2017 (Sep–Nov 2017): Vigilance

Winter 2018 (Jan–Mar 2018): True North

Spring 2018 (Mar–May 2018): To Be Honest

Fall 2018 (Sep–Dec 2018): Fairy Tales

Winter 2019 (Jan–Apr 2019): Needs

Fall 2019 (Sep–Dec 2019): If

Fall 2020 (Sep–Dec 2020): Choice and Chance

Winter 2021 (Jan–April 2021): Sense of Adventure

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