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Wordplay

What Is Wordplay?

The Loft’s Wordplay will launch May 11–12, 2019 and aims to be the biggest celebration of readers, writers, and great books that Minnesota has ever seen.

The Loft’s Wordplay will launch in May of 2019 and aims to be Minnesota’s largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books. Imagine a weekend full of famous authors and celebrated books; a weekend of readings, conversations, workshops, kids’ activities, demonstrations, and one-of-a-kind happenings with outdoor stages, cooking stages, book signings, quiet reading corners, boisterous parties, food trucks, beer tents, and books, books, books.

Minnesota has one of the most celebrated literary communities in the country. We are rich with presses, locally owned bookstores, author events, writing classes, and great writers. We are perennially ranked one of the most literate communities in the country. A community like ours deserves a celebration like Wordplay.

There will be something for every reader at Wordplay. Whether your book club reads literary fiction or paranormal zombie romance, whether you get your books at your library or on your e-reader, or even if the last book you read was a movie, this festival will be for you. Wordplay’s mission is to celebrate the ways in which people connect to and through words and welcomes anyone who shares a belief in the connective power of story.

For more information visit https://loft.org/wordplay/

The Loft’s Wordsmith Save the date

The Loft’s Wordsmith: A craft, career, and connection conference for writers November 1-3, 2019

Wordsmith: a craft, career, and connection conference for writers will take place November 2–3, 2019 at the McNamara Alumni Center. Some pre-conference workshops and events will take place at the Loft on Friday, November 1 and there may be a workshop/public event on Monday, Nov 4. 

Wordsmith is sponsored by the Loft. They will be bringing esteemed agents, authors, speakers, and editors to town, and the content will include many aspects of the previous genre conferences and the Pitch Conference. But there will be a lot more too. Parts of the conference will be specific to certain levels, genres, and audiences, but much of the conference will bring together all attendees for keynotes, workshops, and networking.

The conference is intended for those ready to pitch their work, those already with a book out or with an agent, and those who want to get more prepared to publish their work. It’s intended for prose writers and poets, genre and literary writers, beginning and advanced. In short, they are working hard to pull together a gathering that will feature meaningful sessions, workshops, one-on-one pitch and craft meetings, and networking opportunities for writers of all levels and genres.

They plan to make lineup announcements in the spring of 2019 and open registration sometime in July of 2019. Please mark your calendar and save the dates.

The Loft’s Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant is Open

The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant 2017 provides writers with financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans for their artistic endeavors. The grant is now open.

Up to five winners will be selected to receive grants of $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design.

The grant program is intended to assist emerging writers with support that helps them create or present their work.

Possible objectives include (but are not limited to):
completion or revision of a manuscript, CD or body of work
improved speaking. performance, or presentation skills,
securing an agent, or completion of research for a manuscript.

Activities or expenses might include (but are not limited to):
taking time off work in order to focus on writing;
obtaining critical evaluation of manuscripts;
attending a writers’ conference;
meeting with editors, publishers, or agents;
travel for research, or other research related expenses
marketing for a first or soon-to-be-published work or performance;
consulting with mentors or colleagues on matters of artistic development;

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 11:59 p.m., 2017. All entries must be submitted online through the portal Submittable. Winners will be announced in August 2017. Projects may not begin before September 1, 2017 and should conclude by August 31, 2018.

Click here for more information or to apply.