Featured class: Writing Adventures with The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant) with Rachel Gabriel starts July 11.

Must-Take Fall Writing Classes at the Loft

Posted on Tue, Aug 30 2016 9:00 am by By Emylisa Warrick

With each new season change, there seems to be a renewed sense of vigor and enthusiasm when approaching our writing. Fall brings on a mood change toward the contemplative. As the days grow cooler, I like to sit on park benches and take the final walks outside before winter settles in. These meditative activities influence my writing. When I have this kind of momentum, I like to continue it somehow, whether by joining a writing group or taking a class. The Loft has some wonderful fall writing classes coming up, from the new Master Mondays series to pairings of book club discussion and writing exercises. Take one or several from the list below to keep the momentum going.

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Reading Like A Writer: A Drunk Sentence and Chelsea Girls

Posted on Thu, Aug 25 2016 9:00 am by Allison Wyss

I've been looking for a good drunk sentence—one that illuminates the experience, makes me feel the wobble, the high, and the stupidity of intoxication, and yet still can be read. I found an example in Eileen Myles's Chelsea Girls, which is a novel that is also a lot like nonfiction. It's about sex, drugs, art, and the life of a poet.

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Literary Roundup: Creative Nonfiction Edition

Posted on Tue, Aug 23 2016 9:00 am by By Emylisa Warrick

To prepare for the next Lonely Arts event, we’ve culled a list of fun resources all pointing to the ever-evolving genre of creative nonfiction.

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Literary Roundup: New Attractions at the Minnesota State Fair Edition

Posted on Thu, Aug 18 2016 9:00 am by By Emylisa Warrick

Every year, the Minnesota State Fair boasts bigger and brighter attractions, and this year is no exception. We’ve selected a few events to highlight as well as a book of poetry that could tie to the event or just something to read for fun. You can check out the new attractions on the Minnesota State Fair website for more details.

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publish.me: On Changing Editors in Publishing

Posted on Tue, Aug 16 2016 9:00 am by Dawn Frederick

Anyone who acquires books and works with authors will generally agree that it’s one of the most satisfying experiences when discovers a new book idea (in addition to its publication). While agents and editors have very specific categories they work with, once an offer to work together is on the table, please remember it’s 100% personal, as an emotional connection has been made. This isn’t a decision any of us take lightly, especially with the large quantity of queries received on a daily/weekly/annual basis.

Unfortunately the one thing authors never anticipate is the departure of an editor after the book contract is signed. This could happen at any point, including the last days leading up to the book’s release. I’d like to say this rarely happens, but then I would be lying.

Here are some ways to keep your head in the game.


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Why I love to Shop at Indie Bookstores

Posted on Mon, Aug 1 2016 9:00 am by By Emylisa Warrick

This past week of traveling has revived my love for independent bookstores. They’re everywhere! Rather than go to a big-box store, why not visit Seminary Co-Op Bookstore in Chicago, Illinois; Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.; or Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver?

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Subtracting to Add: Flat Language to Underscore Emotion in Lydia Davis

Posted on Fri, Jul 29 2016 9:00 am by By Erin Kate Ryan

Of all the stories in Lydia Davis’s 2014 collection, Can’t and Won’t, the one that consistently resonates the most with me is “The Dog Hair.” It is nestled across from another brief story, “Circular Story,” and I think it benefits from the close association. 

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Loosely Literal: Waiting for Vaporeon

Posted on Tue, Jul 26 2016 9:00 am by Sally Franson

Hey, what’s up.
What do you mean, what am I doing? Same thing you’re doing.
Aren’t you a little young for this?
I’m not old. How old are you? Twelve?
EHHH. Wrong. Thirty-five. Nice try, not.
Very funny. At least my mom doesn’t buy my clothes for me.
Cargo shorts are always cool. Look how much I can fit in the pockets!
Yeah, that’s my car.
Whatever, at least my mom didn’t drive me.

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Reading Like a Writer: Perspective, Intimacy, and Dare Me

Posted on Fri, Jul 22 2016 9:00 am by Allison Wyss

Megan Abbott's Dare Me is an intense novel about friendship. It's also about power, desire, and cheerleading. I've written about it previously. But after my class (How'd They Do That: A Craft-Based Book Club for Writers) discussed it, I can't help writing more.

The book is written in first person, but it's a special kind of first person. Even though we are ostensibly in Addy's head the whole time, we get frequent access to the thoughts and emotions of other characters. Addy tells them to us.

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10 Tips for Creating a Kick-Ass Author Bio

Posted on Thu, Jul 21 2016 9:00 am by Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Every writer needs an author bio, whether you're on the New York Times Bestseller list or you're about to submit a story for the very first time. You might wonder, But where do I start? The good news is that an author bio isn't that difficult to write, as long as you keep a few points in mind.

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