Wordplay FAQ

When and where will Wordplay 2020 take place?

The Loft has been dedicated to innovative community-building from the start. In the interest of keeping our communities healthy this May, we're shifting the Loft's 2020 Wordplay festival to a virtual celebration of books.

Even as public health concerns around COVID-19 keep us from gathering in-person this season, we still believe in taking the time to celebrate story and verse. We understand that a festival like ours is both a celebration and a career necessity for the artists who come here to share their work, and we remain committed to celebrating our Wordplay 2020 authors, even if the party looks a little different this year. As many public events, including several literary festivals around the country, have been cancelled or postponed this spring, we want to focus not on what we can’t do anymore, but on what we could do instead. 

You can expect the same engaging conversations, learning opportunities, and connections with writers that you found at Wordplay 2019 — but this year, you can join us from wherever you are. Wordplay goes multimedia this year, collaborating with our literary community to bring you live video conversations, podcasts, visual arts, author Q&As, playlists, social media takeovers, and other creative content. We’ll be sharing these opportunities online throughout April and May, so you can celebrate books with us all season long.

We’re excited to announce that several other major book festivals have signed on to support us in various ways to help produce Wordplay 2020, including Wisconsin Book Festival, Boston Book Festival, South Dakota Festival of Books, Southern Festival of Books, Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, Texas Book Festival, the Decatur Book Festival, the Bronx Book Festival, Portland Book Festival, Virginia Festival of the Book, Bay Area Book Festival—and the list is growing.

We’re also thrilled to work with Red Balloon Bookshop, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Bookshop.org, Moon Palace Books, and Milkweed Books as festival booksellers.

Through this difficult decision, we’re beyond grateful to have the continued visionary support of our founding presenting sponsors, St. Catherine University and Star Tribune. There’s no cost to participate in Wordplay 2020, though we encourage donations to support the continued success of the festival. 

Please stay tuned and help us spread the word. More details are coming soon as we work to shape Wordplay 2020 into a powerful, fun, and safe experience that unites our community near and far.  


Which authors will be featured at Wordplay 2020?

View our 2020 lineup here.


How much does it cost to attend Wordplay this year?

Wordplay 2020 is free to participate in. However, we encourage donations to support the continued success of the festival, our artists, and our literary community. Learn more about giving to the Loft and/or becoming a sustaining member here.


How do I participate? What's a virtual festival?

Honestly, we're still figuring it out! We're excited to innovate our festival to bring our literary community together in fun and engaging new ways, highlight new books, and give artists a platform to share their work. We'll keep you updated as our schedule and lineup develop. 


What is the best way to stay informed on Wordplay updates?

Subscribe to The Loft’s monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news! Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@loftliterary), and Instagram (@loftliterarycenter), and follow the hashtag #loftwordplay on social media.


I'm a journalist who'd like to cover Wordplay. Who should I contact?

Please send all Wordplay-related press requests to Megan Anderson at megan@bellmontpartners.com.