Loft Programming Through December 31, 2020

No classes will take place in Loft physical spaces now through December 31, 2020. All fall classes will be virtual; we'll offer classes online via Zoom, with live meetings (Online - Live), and in an online - flex format, where you can still enjoy taking creative writing classes at your own pace without live weekly meetings, using WetInk. Adult and youth classes will be released on a rolling basis each month on our website.

What does this mean for adult classes that would traditionally take place in-person? 

All adult in-person classes taking place during the Loft's fall term — September–December, 2020 — will move to live meetings in virtual spaces using Zoom, with some also using Google Classroom as a learning enhancement. Students will need to have, or create, a Gmail account in order to access Google Classroom and the supplemental class materials posted there. Each class will be assigned a Loft staff member as “classroom host” to help with questions or issues that may arise with having classes online. It is also likely that classes will develop their own email listservs, but that will be up to the teaching artist's discretion. This includes all meetings of the 2020 Poetry-, Creative Nonfiction/Memoir,- and Novel Writing Projects.

Does the Loft still offer asynchronous classes in Moodle?

The Loft has been offering online classes since 2011 using an online learning platform (called Moodle) that does not typically include live video conference meetings and allows students to login any time during the week to participate. Classes with this format will now use Wet.Ink instead of Moodle. Wet.Ink is a platform designed just for writers. "Online-flex schedule" means you can take the class on your own schedule in Wet.Ink, without live meetings. Most of these classes involve more sharing of writing with feedback from your classmates and the teaching artist as well as text-based lectures and discussions.

"Online-live" are classes offered in real time with live video conference meetings.

What does this mean for youth classes?


Fall youth classes through December, 2020 will be moving forward virtually using Zoom and Google Classroom.

If you are interested in registering your child for our virtual fall youth classes, they will be available on our website on a rolling basis, posted month to month. You can complete registration online or by calling the education line at 612-379-8999. All classes will take place using Zoom, with some classes utilizing supplemental Google Classroom pages. Should your class have a Google Classroom page, students will need to have, or create, a Gmail account in order to access Google Classroom and the supplemental class materials posted there. More detailed information about online youth classes, including how to access them, and whether your class includes a Google Classroom page, etc. will be provided in confirmation emails once registered.

Limited scholarships are still available. To request a scholarship for your child, please contact the education department at or 612-379-8999.

What does this mean for program participants? 

If you are a current Mentor Series or Mirrors and Windows participant or a McKnight Fellow, you should have heard from us by now regarding online programs, postponements, and reschedules. 

What does this mean for upcoming events? 

We have been reaching out to artists and program partners about our events and are approaching each on a case-by-case basis. All events this fall will be moved to an online experience. Please continue to check our website and social media for updates.

What does this mean for the Book Club Room? 

The availability of the Book Club Room will be determined by the directions coming from the Governor's office as well as the decisions made about re-opening the Open Book building to the public. The Book Club Room currently is closed to the public.

What does this mean for open groups? 

No open groups are currently meeting at Open Book, though some are still meeting virtually. Check with your group facilitator to find out more information.

Next steps

We do not make this decision lightly. This is a monumental financial decision for the Loft, but we believe the safety of our constituents, staff, and teaching artists is most important, and we ask for your patience, participation, and ideas. Our intention is to work with you through this crisis step-by-step. We'll be figuring things out together, but we think we can do it and make it as positive an experience as possible in less than ideal conditions. If you have questions, please contact us at 612-215-2575 or 612-379-8999 or contact us at

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