The Loft Literary Center is a hub for literary minds located a short drive from campus dedicated to “the advancement of writers, fostering a writing community, and inspiring a passion for literature.”
As a community center for writers, they offer a wealth of resources that can be overwhelming to pick through, instead we’ll break it down to your most important questions with Chris Jones, Marketing and Communications Director at the Loft.
Why would The Loft be helpful to English students?
What can students find at The Loft?
The Loft offers many low-cost, pay-what-you-can events designed to provoke conversations around the intersections of literature, culture, writing, and books. A list of upcoming events can always be found here.
What opportunities are open to current students at The Loft?
Any Loft offering would be open to students at Hamline, but these include volunteer opportunities, formal internship opportunities¹, calls for teaching proposals, and of course any of our paid classes, conferences, or manuscript services.
Each year, the Loft awards more than $300,000 to Minnesota writers through our grants and awards. Many of the awards are not open to degree-seeking students, but check the guidelines and prepare to apply after the degree.
What kinds of classes are available at The Loft?
What kind of financial assistance is there for taking these classes?
Why should students check out The Loft?
With our founding tenant partners, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Milkweed Editions, Open Book is a place where the ideas of creativity, imagination, storytelling, and the arts are encouraged, discussed, and shared. We’re lucky to have this space in our town, so if nothing else, come check out the space.
Even if the trek to Open Book blocks you, the Loft has an active digital community. With an active blog space and just-about-to-launch podcast, which will explore many of the issues mentioned above. If you care about storytelling, poetry, or the written word, we’re here for you in one way or another.