The Loft Literary Center

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.  🙂

Photo courtesy of The Loft

Photo courtesy of The Loft

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 NovelWorkshopcraft 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 Summer-Youth-13_COVERwriting 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?


About Stacy Monson

Stacy is an award-winning author and freelance writer. Shattered Image and Dance of Grace, Books 1 and 2 of the Chain of Lakes Series, are available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. Book 3 will release Spring of 2017. Past president and founder of MN-NICE, the Minnesota ACFW chapter, she is now the Area Director for Minnesota.
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4 Responses to The Loft Literary Center

  1. I’ll join you!. I enjoy the Loft too. One correction on the blog…The Guthrie is one more block over on 2nd St. (My son works at Sea Change, the restaurant inside the theater).


  2. Stacy Monson says:

    I’ll meet you there, Terri! 🙂 And thanks for the correction. I don’t want to steer people wrong!


  3. Thanks so much for blogging about us! It really means a lot to us to find such high praise about us in the vast interwebs.


    • Stacy Monson says:

      There’s so much more I could say about The Loft so I’m happy to at least point people in your direction. It’s an amazing place with fabulous offerings and great people. Thanks for the great work you do.


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