Our Instructors


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.


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.


Winner of the WSU National Playwriting Award and finalist for the 2013 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers, Cristina Pippa completed her BA at Columbia University and her MFA at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, where she received the Iowa Fellowship for the Arts and the Norman Felton Fellowship. Cristina’s play, Cell Cycle, is published by JAC Publishing and in More Scenes and Monologues from the Best New Plays. Her screenplays have won third place in the A Film Writer Screenplay Contest, top ten for Drama in the StoryPros Competition, and top 10% at the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Before moving to Minneapolis, Cristina taught in the Television and Film Arts Program and the Theatre Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. She is a teaching artist for the Loft Manuscript Critique and Coaching service and is a recipient of a 2015 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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Nancy Hupp earned both B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. She practiced law with the St. Paul firm of Maun and Simon before turning to writing and teaching. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching law students as an adjunct writing professor at William Mitchell and pre-law students and paralegal students as an adjunct, then assistant professor in Hamline University's undergraduate Legal Studies Department. She consistently received excellent reviews for course design, thoroughness, organization, and speaking style. In addition, Nancy served as an attorney editor and director for practicelaw.org, a Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) online library of legal forms, checklists, and articles. She has conducted presentations and trainings for the Minnesota District Bar Association, the Minnesota Paralegal Association, and other legal organizations. Nancy now works as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach.

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.



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.


Amy Simso Dean has been a freelance copywriter for  over 15 years. She’s worked with ad agencies, multinational corporations, small businesses, and nonprofits, and she’s written everything from websites to postcards. Before launching her business, she worked in sales and marketing in children’s book publishing and in a crazy assortment of other jobs.