The Nonprofit Loft Literary Center Removes Barriers for Writers with New Online Learning Program

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Twelve new online creative writing classes ensure that regardless of location or schedule, emerging and aspiring writers have access to the largest literary center in the country. Classes start September 12 - registration now open.

Starting this fall The Loft Literary Center, the largest nonprofit, independent literary center in the United States, will offer 12 new online creative writing classes to reach aspiring writers whose schedules and location have limited them from participa
“No matter where I go in Minnesota or the country, I encounter aspiring writers who wish they could take a class from the Loft Literary Center. Well, now they can.”

Starting this fall The Loft Literary Center, the largest nonprofit, independent literary center in the United States, will offer 12 new online creative writing classes to reach aspiring writers whose schedules and location have limited them from participating with the Loft in the past. “This means the world to people,” says Loft executive director, Jocelyn Hale. “No matter where I go in Minnesota or the country, I encounter aspiring writers who wish they could take a class from the Loft. Well, now they can.”

Elise Korenne, a writer living in New York Mills, Minnesota, took the Loft’s pilot online class this spring led by Mary Carroll Moore. “When I saw that the Loft was offering online classes, I felt like my prayers had been answered: finally I could attend an ongoing class where my writing could get feedback and I could benefit from regular interaction with a teacher and classmates,” says Korenne. “My writing has improved and changed radically through this course.”

The 12 online classes include topics of developing a better writing process, writing the middle grade novel, improving narrative structure, food writing, travel blogging, introduction to fiction, writing the short poem, and how to plan, write and develop a book. They will be taught by an impressive group of teaching artists, including Mary Carroll Moore, Rosanne Bane, Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, Kurtis Scaletta, Brian Malloy, Mary Lane Potter, and LouAnn Shepard Muhm. Fall classes begin September 12. Interested students can learn more or register at https://www.loft.org/classes-at-the-loft-literary-center/online-classes

SUPPORT FOR THIS INITIATIVE
The Loft’s new online classes have been launched with funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment of Minnesota, and with funding from generous individuals who are dedicated to the Loft’s online mission of breaking down geographic barriers to becoming a writer.

Special support for Loft online initiatives to help authors create and disseminate new work is made possible by Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE LOFT LITERARY CENTER
Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Loft Literary Center is now recognized as the premier independent, nonprofit literary center in America. It offers Classes, workshops, and intensive mentorships with established, award-winning writers to inspire emerging writers toward their finest work and increasing levels of accomplishment. Loft fellowships and awards buy time for writers to focus on their work and careers. Loft readings and performances connect readers to exciting new voices and give them a chance to learn from each other. For more information, visit http://www.loft.org.

The Loft’s mission is to support the artistic development of writers, foster a writing community, and build an audience for literature.

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