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 acclaimed novelist Peter Geye, the Poetry Writing Project is led by 2018 Foreword Prize Winner and National Book Award Finalist Danez Smith, and the Memoir Writing Project is led by renowned memoirist 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, or 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 will be submission-ready, and you'll be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to pitch to editors and pursue publication.

Register for the 2019 Writing Projects

Most writing project slots for 2019 are sold out, but you can still get on the wait list in case a slot opens up.

Details, Registration, and Pricing

Member registration for the Writing Projects will open below Thursday, November 1 at 10 a.m. If space remains, general public registration will open Friday, November 2 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 16 (see link below). For questions, call 612-379-8999.

Members had to have been a Loft member by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 26 in order to receive the email invite for early bird registration.