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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Announcement: Full Lineup of Online and In-Person Fall Classes at the Loft Open for Registration with New and Improved Database


The Loft’s new database allows you to search for classes by teaching artist, genre, course level, course duration, location or starting month. So if you want to see what classes I’m teaching, you just go to www.loft.org/adult-classes and select Bane, Rosanne from the Teaching Artist drop down list and click Find Classes. Or use any of these direct links:

Writing Habit (at the Open Book)

Writing Habit (at St. Paul Jewish Community Center)

Spontaneous Fiction (at Open Book)

Entering the Flow: Finding the Right Process for Your Writing (online class)

You’ll find full descriptions of all the courses offered this fall, teaching artist bios and all the details you need to register at www.loft.org/adult-classes. The biggest problem will probably be figuring out which of the multitude of outstanding classes you want to be part of.

If you prefer, print catalogs are available at the Loft and other Twin Cities locations. Call 612-379-8999 if you’d like a copy mailed to you. Or click for a PDF of the Fall catalog.

New This Fall: Loft Offers a Full Lineup of Online Classes

The Loft knows about traveling salespeople, Arizona snowbirds, and busy parents. That’s why the Loft is offering a full lineup of online classes for the first time ever. Flexible enough to meet the busiest of schedules, Loft online classes are taught by professional writers who understand that an online class is only successful if students feel connected to a writing community. (reprinted with permission from The Loft.)

One of the students in the Loft’s pilot online class had this to say about the experience: “Even though I live far away, the ability to take courses from the Loft has been one of the best experiences of my writing life. An online course works so well for me and my schedule. It provides flexibility, accountability and a safe haven to explore my writing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Sign up for one (or more) of 11 online writing classes, including:

  • How To Plan, Write, And Develop a Book , Part 1 with Mary Carroll Moore
  • Introduction to Fiction Writing: Short Story with Brian Malloy
  • Entering the Flow: Finding the Right Process for Your Writing with Rosanne Bane
  • Writing the Middle Grade Novel with Kurtis Scaletta
  • Writing What You Know with Heather McPherson
  • Writing the Short Poem with LouAnn Shepard Muhm
  • Intro to Travel Blogging with Jen Westmoreland Bouchard
  • Narrative Structure with Mary Lane Potter
  • Discovering the Writing World with Heather E. Goodman
  • Food Writing with Marissa Landrigan

Rosanne’s Wish List

I plan to register for a Loft class or two myself this fall. Of course, choosing which class is like trying to decide which candy to get at Honeyduke’s (please forgive the Harry Potter reference; knowing the last Harry Potter movie would be released last month, I binged on reading all seven of the books and watching all 8 of the movies this summer.)

If I had unlimited time and money (or one of those nifty time-turners Heromine used to double her course load), some of the Loft classes I’d take this fall are (in no particular order):

  • Silencing the Inner Critic With Rebecca Kanner
  • Writing as Spiritual Practice: The Yin and Yang of Writing with Karen Hering
  • First Chapters with Swati Avasthi
  • Writing for the Web with Amy Simso Dean
  • Blogging: A Tool for Writers with Kate Hopper
  • Writing Out Loud: Essays for Radio and Podcast with Sasha Aslanian and Eric Ringham
  • Travel Writing with Greg Brenning
  • Grounding in the Fantastic with David Oppegaard
  • Publicity for Authors with Linda White
  • Writing a Query Letter and What to Do with It with Swati Avasthi

There are more I could add, but even Wish Lists need some limits.

If one of my classes is on your wish list and money is an issue, remember that all my In-person Loft classes have 1 full scholarship. The Loft also offers a sliding fee scale, member discounts, and workstudy options. Visit the Loft’s website or call the Education Department at 612-379-8999 for more info.

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