This post is for writers. And wanna-be writers. And readers. And people who love books. Fiction or memoir or poetry. And people who wear t-shirts and carry book bags, or know someone who carries a book bag. 🙂
The Loft Literary Center is a beehive of activity for writers of all genres, and people who love writers. Here’s their mission statement:
The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading literary centers dedicated to the advancement of writers, fostering a writing community, and inspiring a passion for literature.
Gotta love that! Located on the edge of downtown Minneapolis (across Washington Avenue from the Guthrie Theater), they offer classes to help writers advance in their craft and provide a wonderful environment that fosters a sense of community no matter what you write which inspires the passion in readers and writers alike.
Throughout the year, the Loft invites over 3,000 writers of all levels to participate in a wide variety of classes. It also hosts 100+ authors to engage in readings and to dialogue with thousands from the community. More than 160,000 people utilize The Loft’s digital resources on their website.
The Loft also works with local and national organizations to offer writers more than $400,000 through contracts, awards and grants.
There is a wide variety of opportunities to participate in Loft activities. If you have writing experience, you can teach a class. There are tons of classes to take as a writer (of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, journaling, etc.). There are employment opportunities, plenty of ways to volunteer, and even work study jobs.
Classes are offered throughout the year for youth and adults, both in person and online. You can join a group for a beginning writers class, take an intermediate poetry course, get mentored online, or attend a writing conference.
Here are just a few titles of upcoming classes: Your Book Starts Here: How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book, The Bewildered Self: Intense Personal Writing, Silly Stories: A Loft/MCBA Combo Class, and The Creative Writing Kid. Check out the catalog for a full listing.
There’s also a blog called Writer’s Block written by a variety of people. Topics include Publishing & Books, Tips/Techniques & Craft, Writing Life, Literary Roundup, Writing Life, and A View from the Loft.
Boy, writing this post makes me want to go sit in the Loft’s cafe with a pen, a notepad and a cup of hot chocolate (yes, even in summer – if it ever gets here) and write! A visit to The Loft is sure to get my creative juices flowing. Care to join me?