Loft Programming Through September 1, 2021

No classes will take place in Loft physical spaces now through September 1, 2021. 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 Wet.Ink. Adult and youth classes will be released on a term by term basis on our website.

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

Most adult classes taking place through September 1, 2021, will be "Online-live.” Online-live classes have live scheduled webconferencing meetings in Zoom, with some also using Google Classroom or email groups at the teaching artist’s discretion. Students will need to have, or create, a Gmail account in order to access Google Classroom and the supplemental class materials posted there.

The Loft is also offering a limited number of online-flex schedule classes using Wet.Ink, a platform designed just for writers. "Online-flex schedule" means you can take the class on your own schedule without live meetings. Most of these classes involve more sharing of your writing, feedback from your classmates and the teaching artist, and text-based lectures and discussions.

What does this mean for youth classes?

Youth classes, including summer youth, through September 1 2021, will be moving forward virtually using Zoom and Google Classroom.

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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