First Pages

First Pages is a literary enrichment program offered by Hennepin County Library and MELSA in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center. The program consists of free, 90 minute creative writing sessions for child, teen, and adult writers of all levels, abilities, and backgrounds. Each 90 minute session takes place at area libraries within 8 different library systems: Hennepin, Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties and the city of Saint Paul. Sessions take place throughout the year, particularly in the spring (March - May) and fall (Sept - Nov). 

View a list of upcoming sessions at Hennepin County libraries here. For other libraries, visit their websites or call them directly to ask about upcoming sessions. See

For more information about attending a First Pages session or bringing a program to your library, contact Kurtis Scaletta at 612-215-2593 or kscaletta (at)

The Hennepin County Libraries collaboration on this program is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Loft's collaboration is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.