Wordplay FAQ

Wordplay 2021

Frequently Asked Questions




WHEN will Wordplay take place?

Wordplay will take place May 2–8. Tickets are now available.

When can I find out which AUTHORS are coming?

The 2021 full lineup and schedule is now available.

WHERE is Wordplay being held?

Virtually! Each session will be broadcast via Crowdcast. If an event fills, there will be overflow viewing available on the Loft's Facebook and YouTube Channels.




How much does it COST to attend Wordplay?

Wordplay 2021 will be free to attend. Though, enhanced tickets will be available for $35, which include guaranteed access to every Wordplay session (does not include access to the Bay Area Book Festival Kazuo Ishiguro event without the specific Ishiguro ticket), facilitated virtual conversations before or after events (including some with visits from the authors), and access to things like book plates. 

Get your enhanced ticket now. Note: There will be a limited number of enhanced tickets available.

Wordplay Classes (cost varies) have separate, one-time costs and do not include festival access. To learn more about these access passes and what they include, please visit: Wordplay Registration on the Loft website.

I registered for a LOFT CLASS AT WORDPLAY. Where do I sign on?

Loft classes at Wordplay are NOT included in any festival registration. All classes must be purchased separately. More information will be available when classes open for registration. 

Do I need to REGISTER for each Wordplay event?

Yes! Unless you purchase the enhanced festival pass, you will need to register for every Wordplay event you'd like to attend. Each general admission registration is free and will include a Crowdcast link for the event that will be emailed to you once you register.




Will the festival authors SIGN BOOKS?

Yes! Certain authors will be signing book plates for enhanced ticket holders. These are not available to general admission ticket holders.

Will there be an EXHIBITOR FAIR at the festival? How do I sign up?

Because the festival will be virtual this year, we are featuring the best of Twin Cities and national publishing, writing, literary culture, academic opportunities, and more as marketplace partners on our Wordplay sponsors page and in the Loft’s e-newsletter, which has almost 10,000 subscribers—with new subscribers continually being added! 

Wordplay offers marketplace partners the opportunity to reach thousands of book lovers ready to buy their products or learn about their services. Marketplace partners stretch beyond just booksellers and authors to also include local nonprofits, organizations, and artisans. The deadline to apply to be a marketplace partner is Feb. 19, 2021. To apply, click here! If you have questions or ideas, feel free to reach out to Marion Gómez (mgomez@loft.org).




Will there be LOFT CLASSES at the festival?

Yes! However, Loft Classes at Wordplay are separate from General Festival Access tickets and require you to sign-up in advance. These classes are limited in capacity. Please click here to browse classes offered during Wordplay and claim a spot. 

How do I submit a WORKSHOP PROPOSAL to the festival?

Wordplay writing classes are curated by the Loft Online Education Manager, Kurtis Scaletta. The 2021 workshop program is fully booked; if you are interested in teaching at a future festival, send a proposal to kscaletta@loft.org.




Is there a festival HASHTAG? How do I find the festival on SOCIAL MEDIA?

There is a hashtag! It is #loftwordplay, and look for the Loft Literary Center on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

I’d like to WRITE ABOUT the festival. Whom do I contact?

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




I’m a publishing industry professional interested in sending my author to Wordplay. Whom do I contact?

Submissions for the 2021 festival are CLOSED; submissions for 2022 will open in June 2021. Please visit loftwordplay.org for more info.

I am a writer. Can I present my work at the festival?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the festival director, who creates the program well ahead of each festival. The Loft Literary Center receives hundreds of submissions from publicists and authors wishing to present at the festival. The festival focuses on discussion and conversation among writers/artists, but does include a few single-author events. Events are interviews or “in-conversation” style and moderated panel discussions. We welcome your suggestions, but due to the large volume of unsolicited submissions received, the Loft Literary Center is unable to respond to every submission individually or to return materials sent for consideration.

To submit a book to Wordplay, please refer to our book submission guidelines here. 2021 submissions are now closed. We expect to open submissions for Wordplay 2022 in June 2021.

I am a writer. Will there be an opportunity for me to connect with publishers about my work?

While publishers will be in attendance virtually, they're attending to support the authors who are featured and their books, and we ask that you don't use Wordplay as a basis to reach out to them. Our Wordsmith Conference in the fall is a great way to learn more about publishing and writers and connect with those professionals. 

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?

For privacy reasons, we are not able to pass on contact details for authors presenting at the festival. We also cannot pass on messages. The best way to contact our guest authors is through their publisher or agent or through the contact information on the author’s website.

How do I sign up to VOLUNTEER for the festival?

Thank you! We couldn’t pull this off without our amazing volunteers. Please sign up here (loft.org/festival/get-involved) if you’d like to volunteer. 

How do I become a SPONSOR of the festival?

Inquiries related to sponsoring Wordplay may be sent to Mary at JRI Marketing at mary@jrimarketing.com or Britt Udesen at budesen@loft.org. You can find more information on sponsorship at loft.org/festival/get-involved

How do I DONATE to Wordplay and The Loft Literary Center?

Pledge your support to the festival with either a sustaining or one-time contribution to The Loft Literary Center through our website and adding “Wordplay” to the order notes. Questions about donating may be sent to our Individual Giving Director Kaitlyn Bohlin at kbohlin@loft.org.




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.

What is the anti-harassment policy?

The Loft Literary Center has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, pregnancy. Harassment includes but is not limited to: stalking, verbal or physical intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault and/or battery, harassing or non-consensual photography or recording, bathroom policing, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome physical attention.

Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. The Loft Literary Center and/or any of the festival venues reserve the right to revoke, without refund, tickets of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons not in compliance with this policy may be reported to event security or other authorities. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security or a staff member so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner. We value your presence and appreciate your respect for each other.

What is the Loft?

Founded in 1974 (incorporated in 1975), The Loft Literary Center is a haven for readers and writers; one of the largest centers of its kind in the country. Our mission is to advance the artistic development of writers, foster a thriving literary community, and inspire a passion for literature.

This work is essential. We believe that story, verse, and writing aren’t just nice things to have, or to put up on a shelf, but are core to a full existence. At their best, words help us connect, entertain, mourn, provoke, educate, and empathize.

We accomplish our work by bringing essential conversations, artists, readers, and learning opportunities together under one roof.

Each year the Loft engages more than 5,000 beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers in learning opportunities, hosts more than 250 authors in readings and dialogues that draw more than 15,000 people, connects with more than 200,000 unique visitors through digital resources on our website, collaborates with at least 30 local and national organizations to enrich the literary environment and, through contracts, awards, and grants, pays writers more than $500,000.

In their evaluations, 96% of students report that their class helped them improve their writing, 91% identified their next steps as a writer, and 94% would recommend their class to others.

What if my question wasn’t answered here?

If you have additional questions, please contact Steph Opitz at sopitz@loft.org.