Our Instructors

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Roxanne Sadovsky earned her masters degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University Seattle, and her MFA degree in creative nonfiction from The University of Minnesota. In partnership with the Loft, Roxanne has recently led workshops on creative writing and writing for healing at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. She is a practicing clinical psychotherapist specializing in integrative and expressive arts as healing.

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Kate St. Vincent Vogl graduated cum laude from Cornell University and from the University of Michigan Law School. She teaches students from nine to ninety at The Loft Literary Center. She is the author of Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers. Both her fiction and nonfiction have been honored in international competitions, and she has presented to audiences around the world.

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Stephen Wilbers is an award-winning author, columnist, and writing consultant who has presented seminars to more than 10,000 writers. His most recent book (April 2014) is Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write with Clarity, Emphasis, and Style, a compilation of 52 techniques of style drawn from his free monthly writing tips. He has published two collections of his columns, Writing for Business (winner of a 1994 Minnesota Book Award), and Writing by Wilbers. Dr. Wilbers earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership Institute, where he teaches both writing and oral presentation skills. He has also taught in the Carlson School of Management's M.B.A. Program, the Program in American Studies, and the Program in Creative and Professional Writing.

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Glenn Miller is a partner of MillerHale Associates, a company specializing in helping corporations and non-profit organizations communicate their key initiatives. Formed in 2007, MillerHale has worked with scores of area corporations and non-profits, primarily in video and event production, leadership development, and strategic planning. Glenn has 35 years of television and corporate communications experience. During the past 20 years, Glenn has worked specifically with a diverse client base, creating and scripting marketing and communications videos, webstreams, and large all-employee events, broadcast both nationally and internationally. Prior to working directly with corporations, Glenn worked for Twin Cities Public Television. He has also been a television news producer and a Production Manager at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. Glenn holds a Master's degree (MS) in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.


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Nancy Hupp earned both B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. She practiced law with a mid-size St. Paul firm before turning to writing and teaching. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience, as an adjunct writing professor at William Mitchell and as an assistant professor in Hamline University's undergraduate Legal Studies Program. Her students consistently gave her excellent reviews. In addition, Nancy served as an attorney editor and director of a Minnesota State Bar Association website, which offered legal forms, articles, and other resources for attorneys. Nancy now works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach. She has had several long-term contract engagements with healthcare, education, legal, and insurance industry clients.

For Jim Levi, all writing is problem-solving. In his award-winning career as a writer and writing teacher, Jim has brought this approach to creating communication strategies and to writing for digital media, publication, television, film, and public address. Jim’s worked in television (MTV, Nickelodeon, and more), advertising, and in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Jim has taught writing at the Loft, the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, and St. Cloud State University.

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Alison Dotson got her first copyediting job in college when she joined the staff of the campus newspaper. Since then she’s copyedited countless articles and nonfiction books—as well as everything from short ads to entire websites. Alison often finds herself saying to colleagues, “That’s actually a matter of style, not grammar,” so she’s excited to help others understand the difference and how to apply both loose guidelines and nonnegotiable rules to everyday writing. She was thankful for her background in proofreading and copyediting when she wrote her first book, Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life (Free Spirit Publishing) because it helped her focus on the story she wanted to tell, not the minutiae. Read more about Alison at alisondotson.com.

 

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Jeff Neidt is founder and head of content for Neidt Writer, as well as a co-founder and creative director of Caper Method creative collective. His work spans mega-brands including Google and 3M to local craft companies such as LTD Brewing and Food Building. He has taught professional writing and poetry at schools and universities throughout the country, and frequently works with organizations on improving their communications.