Year-Long Writing Projects

Registration Now Open

A year is more than enough time to finish a polished manuscript, but it takes guidance and determination. And lots of roadblocks can get in the way—Maybe you've had a great idea for a manuscript or poetry collection, but you don't know how to start. Maybe you 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 confident that you're ready to pursue publication.

The Loft's Year-Long Writing Projects can help you take the next year to make your novel, memoir, or poetry collection the best you can make it. As a participant, 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 literary agents. But most importantly, you’ll develop the resources and relationships to move ahead with a writing life once your project is finished.

After 12 months of studying with instructor Peter Geye (Novel Writing Project), Carolyn Holbrook (Memoir/Creative Nonfiction Project: Online) or Gretchen Marquette (Poetry Apprenticeship), your manuscript(s) will be submission-ready, and you'll be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to pitch to editors and pursue publication.

There are 4 upcoming Writing Project sections. 3 online cohorts (Novel Writing Project with Peter Geye, CNF/Memoir Writing Project with Carolyn Holbrook, and Poetry Apprenticeship with Gretchen Marquette) and 1 in-person cohorts (Novel Writing Project with Peter Geye). 

Visit our pages linked below for specific information about programs, tuition, and registration. You can also download a PDF with all of the same information. 


Registration opens Wed, Nov 16 (members); Thu, Nov 17 for public