Year-Long Writing Projects

The Loft's Writing Projects are year-long, intensive programs designed to help you finally complete that book. The Novel Writing Project is led by Peter Geye, the Poetry Writing Project is led by Gretchen Marquette, and the Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Project is led by Nicole Helget.

Maybe you've had a great idea for a manuscript, but you don't know how to start or keep hitting stumbling blocks when you sit down to write. Maybe you've got a draft, but parts of it just aren't working and you don't know how to fix them. Maybe you're unsure about how to polish your manuscript and don't feel truly confident that you're ready to pursue publication.

You want to know that your novel, memoir, picture book manuscripts, or poetry collection is the best you can make it, so you'll join a small cohort for a year of rigorous reading, focused writing, meticulous revising, and deep study of craft. You’ll meet best selling authors, luminaries in publishing, distinguished booksellers, and local literary agents. But most importantly, you’ll develop the resources and relationships to move ahead with a writing life once the project is finished.

After 12 months, your manuscript(s) will be submission-ready, and you'll be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to pitch to editors and pursue publication.


Registration will open for Loft members on November 13 at 10 a.m. You MUST be a member and be logged in to be able to register on the first day. If you do not see pricing, this means that you do not have a member account. We highly recommend that you verify your member status prior to registration opening.

Details and Pricing

Member registration for the Writing Projects will open below Wednesday, November 13 at 10 a.m. If space remains, general public registration will open Thursday, November 14 at 10 a.m. In previous years, the Writing Projects have sold out quickly, please plan ahead. If full, we encourage you to sign up for the wait list—we were able to accommodate many wait list sign ups in previous years.

One scholarship slot will be available for each project. Applications are required and are due November 1 (see link below). For questions, call 612-379-8999.

Please see the Writing Project Detail PDF below for complete pricing and payment info. Year Long Writing Project Tuition is $7,000 for the year when paid in full.

Members had to have been a Loft member by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 8 in order to receive the email invite for early bird registration.