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Discover the Lake Minnetonka Area, September/October 2006

A Lofty expansion

The Loft will offer programming at three west metro locations this fall

by Kelly Westhoff

The next great American novelist may be living in Wayzata…or Minnetonka, or Excelsior, or Deephaven.

This fall, that yet-to-be-discovered literary star can find purposeful instruction and willing readers by taking a creative writing class offered through the Loft in one of three west suburban locations.

While the Loft's suburban offerings are new, the Loft isn't. For over 30 years, the Loft has been working to promote reading and writing.

The organization, headquartered within sight of the new Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis, is the largest and most comprehensive literary center in the nation.

It holds book signings and lecture series; it offers grants to emerging writers and mentorship programs for writers in every stage of their careers.

Inside the Loft, there are quiet rooms designed to meet the needs of solitary writers and larger spaces available for book group meetings. Perhaps the most public side of the Loft, however, is the multitude of writing classes it offers throughout the year.

“The Loft is really known for its innovative, successful programming,” said Linda Greve, the organization's director of community initiatives. “We offer classes in a variety of genres for beginning and intermediate writers, for writers looking to take their work to the next level, for adults and youth.”

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The remainder of this article can be found in the September-October 2006 issue of Lake Minnetonka Living (formerly Discover the Lake Minnetonka Area) magazine.

Visit the Loft at www.loft.org.

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