Residencies

Bring the Loft into your classroom or workplace!

The Loft brings writing workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction to schools and human services organizations.  Teaching artists can develop unique creative writing content that encompasses a broad spectrum of voices, literary expression, and builds skills in writing while also fostering community and empathy. You can select from a wide variety of class topics.

These workshops can be recurring, and can be targeted to youth, teens, or adults. We do this by providing what we call a "teaching artist in residency," which means a Loft teaching artist will develop and teach short- or long-term workshops at your site.

To set up a Loft residency, or for any related questions, please contact the Loft’s Outreach & Partnership Sales Manager, Melissa Wray, at mwray@loft.org or 612-215-2564.

Wordplay Author Visits

Bring world-renowned authors to your school for large-scale, inspirational readings, lectures, and Q&As! Wordplay residencies happen in early May, in conjunction with the Loft's Wordplay festival. We can also work with you to bring a Loft teaching artist to your classroom in the weeks leading up to a Wordplay Author Visit to add context and experience, if desired. Please contact Melissa Wray at mwray@loft.org or 612-215-2564 for more details.

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School Residencies

The Loft’s award-winning writers can come to your K-12 classroom to offer creative writing. School-based writing workshops incorporate elements of literary analysis, peer critique, and revision. Students are introduced to literary examples not traditionally taught in schools, and given a range of creative writing prompts and in-class activities that broaden and deepen students’ engagement with the work already being done in the classroom.

Classes can be customized to fit the needs and interests of the classroom, and English teachers are invited to collaborate with Loft teaching artists to design a program that will excite and stimulate their class.

Contact Melissa Wray to learn more at mwray@loft.org or 612-215-2564.

Human Service Residencies

The Loft’s award-winning writers can come to your human service organization and work with clients or staff. We believe that language connects us, and through sharing our stories with each other we embrace and transcend our differences. Teaching artists can develop unique creative writing content that encompasses a broad spectrum of voices, literary expression, and builds skills in writing while also fostering community and empathy.

Contact Melissa Wray to learn more: mwray@loft.org or 612-215-2564.

FAQs and Sample Classes

Download a full listing of sample classes and frequently asked questions here. Or contact Melissa Wray at mwray@loft.org or 612-215-2564 with your questions or to setup a residency for your school or organization.