The Writer's Loft is a trimester studio program based on one-on-one mentoring. We focus on improving your writing skills and moving you toward the completion of a publishable manuscript. You may study with a different mentor each trimester, or continue with the same mentor throughout for two or three trimesters. With the completion of three trimesters, sequentially or otherwise, you will earn a Certificate in Creative Writing from Middle Tennessee State University.
The Writer's Loft is as much a community of writers as it is a school for writing, and you are welcome to continue to enroll with us as long as you wish. Many of our graduates continue to enroll in The Writer's Loft, finding our mentoring format an ideal way to help shape, sharpen, and complete future writing projects.
Conference Weekend: We gather for workshops and community building at the start of the fall and spring trimesters. During this time we answer any questions you may have regarding the program, and provide time for you to get to know your mentor and set your goals for the trimester. There is no gathering in the summer session.
One-on-One Mentoring: This is the heart of The Writer's Loft. Each trimester you contract to produce three packets of writing that will further your overall writing goals. Each packet is submitted to your mentor on a pre-set schedule. It will be returned to you fully critiqued within two weeks. In addition to writing, you and your mentor will also set out a reading schedule consisting of three books per trimester. You are required to submit one reflection paper on each book assigned along with your writing packet. You and your mentor will determine the length of your writing packet and reflection paper.
Mid-Semester Telephone Conference with Your Mentor: While you and your mentor are free to work out any on-going communication schedule you wish, at least once during each trimester the two of you are expected to have a thirty-minute conference call to assess how things are going.
Graduation: Upon successful completion of three trimesters, you are invited to a special Writer's Loft graduation at the next Orientation Weekend. Attendance at graduation is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. Your presence will encourage other students, and they will benefit from talking with you and learning from your experience.
Post Graduation: Graduating need not be the end of your involvement with The Writer's Loft. Graduates are welcome to enroll in the program to continue working with our faculty on future projects, and to participate in future workshops, teleconferences, and community events.
Tuition: Fall and spring trimesters cost $1250. Tuition does not cover books, materials, travel, or room rentals. Tuition for the summer trimester is $1000. The summer trimester does not include an Orientation Weekend.