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Reading Like a Writer: Amelia Gray's Threats and Avoiding Cliché through the Fabulous

Posted on Fri, Apr 18 2014 9:00 am by Allison Wyss

Amelia Gray's Threats chronicles the horrific reaction that David, an eccentric ex-dentist, has to the sudden, mysterious death of his wife. The entire novel is peculiar and fantastic. But it's David's first experience of shock that I want to examine.

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Spring Is for Spoken Word

Posted on Thu, Apr 17 2014 9:00 am by Lära Palmquist

April is National Poetry Month, and just as the temperatures are warming up, so too are the opportunities to celebrate spoken word. Whether you’re a practicing poet or someone who harbors a budding interest in line breaks, now is the perfect time to explore the art. The Loft's own Lewis Mundt agreed to share his insight as a spoken word artist and producer of the Minneapolis New Sh!t Show, in which all new work is perfomed on stage for the first time.

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Posted on Wed, Apr 16 2014 9:00 am by Dawn Frederick

One of my favorite things every school year, from 1st through 5th grade, was the annual "Read In." Instead of classes, our only responsibility was to bring books, snacks, a sleeping bag and pillow, and a willingness to read with our peers all day at school. No tests, no essays, and no homework at the end of the day. The only things that mattered were books.

As you can probably imagine, this made students more excited about books. Reading = empowerment.

This is how I feel about a writers' conference. It's a fun and intense "Write In" for any wordsmith.

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An Interview with Janet Burroway

Posted on Tue, Apr 15 2014 9:00 am by Lindsey Giaquinto

You may have first encountered Janet Burroway in a college writing class, studying her text Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. But Janet's expertise doesn't stop at fiction—she is the author of plays, poetry, essays, children’s books, and eight gorgeous novels. A woman of letters, she has cast her literary net wide. So naturally, we were thrilled when Janet agreed to chat with us about craft, writing habits, and her new memoir.

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A National Poetry Month Celebration: An Evening With Local Poets and Poetry Out Loud Students

Posted on Mon, Apr 14 2014 1:00 pm by Rae Wood

All participants in Minnesota Poetry Out Loud this year ushered us into National Poetry Month with a renewed love of the craft and a thirst to hear more poetry aloud. That is why the Loft, in partnership with the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), has invited local poets and select metro area Poetry Out Loud participants to come together for an event on April 16 celebrating National Poetry Month and a great season of poetry recitation competition in Minnesota. 

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Lit Chat: Meet Carolyn Holbrook

Posted on Mon, Apr 14 2014 9:00 am by Molly Fuller

In a career that has spanned many decades and as many different specialties, Carolyn Holbrook’s contributions to the literary vitality of the Twin Cities are too numerous to name. A lifelong advocate for the arts and, more importantly, equal access to art and artistic opportunities for all, Carolyn has been an arts administrator, teacher, and writer, often all at once.

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Unique Poetry Journals You Should Read (and Consider Sending Work To)

Posted on Fri, Apr 11 2014 9:00 am by Elizabeth O'Brien

I’m as big a fan as anyone else of The New Yorker, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Tin House, and the rest of the luminaries of the literary journal world—truly, I am—but there’s also a dear place in my heart for literary endeavors that take a step beyond aiming simply to publish strong contemporary writing. These three journals test the limits of what a literary journal is, and the editors demonstrate a refreshingly deep commitment to engaging with the work writers contribute.

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Writing Bullet-Proof Copy

Posted on Thu, Apr 10 2014 1:30 pm by Greg Breining

What’s a huge time-waster for a freelancer? Massive rewrites or—even worse —a story killed because the editor thought it was irredeemable.

While you can never guarantee that your editor will love, love, love everything you write, there are steps you can take to armor-plate your copy and protect it from endless rewrites and rejection.

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An Odyssey of Imagination

Posted on Thu, Apr 10 2014 9:00 am by Lära Palmquist

In the tradition of Joseph Campbell's “Heroic Monomyth," the Loft and Minneapolis Institute of Arts are extending a call to adventure May 8 in the form of “The Hero's Sacred Journey.” On this night, participants will leave the Ordinary World to embark on their own odyssey of imagination, celebrate the otherworldly possibilities of writing, and create a transformational narrative through an interactive writing activity.

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Dragons and Robots and Wolves, Oh My! Who’s Afraid of a Children’s Story?

Posted on Wed, Apr 9 2014 9:00 am by Charlotte Sullivan

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The first nightmare I remember was of the Wolf. He stared from my bed, black bullet eyes beneath lace, tucked into my Holly Hobby quilt, ringed by stuffed animals. The fish tank burbled in the corner. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t scream. THEN—my eyes flew open. Home.

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