Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997. Our mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education, support, and community for writers and readers in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. We strive to ensure that literature maintains its proper prominence in the culture, and that individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings.

Join us for the inauguration of Lighthouse’s new traveling retreat, Rekindle. Our kickoff program will be in Juneau, Alaska from May 15 to May 22, eight days and seven nights. This generative retreat will feature a blend of ample writing time, local exploration, manuscript feedback from seasoned writers and teachers, and connection with other adventurous writers. 

The retreat will be filled on a rolling basis and early-bird applications to join the retreat close midnight, January 25, 2020. Acceptance doesn't guarantee a space, so we recommend registering as soon as you are notified. After January 25, please apply for any open spots at the regular retreat rate. For more information about the cost and content of the retreat, see our website here.



Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in all genres, including dramatic writing. Participation is by application only, and dramatic writing classes are limited to 10 students each.  Weeklong workshops meet five times, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to noon; the full group breaks at 11:30 AM to give over the last half hour to one-on-one meetings between participants and the visiting author. Each weeklong participant will be allotted one such meeting. Weekend workshops meet twice, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, each day.

Please use this form to apply for an advanced workshop in dramatic writing with:

You may also indicate on this application whether you would like to be considered for veterans or emerging writer fellowships. 

Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. You'll need to complete a separate application if you're applying for multiple workshops (which is not the same as listing alternate workshops if you don't get your first choice). Applicants for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers in dramatic writing should also use this form. 

Please see our website for the workshop descriptions and tuition information

The priority deadline for applications is March 14th. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years).

Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and dramatic writing. Participation is by application only. Prose classes are limited to 10 students each; poetry workshops are limited to 12. Weeklong workshops meet five times, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to noon; the full group breaks at 11:30 AM to give over the last half hour to one-on-one meetings between participants and the visiting author. Each weeklong participant will be allotted one such meeting.  Weekend workshops meet twice, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, each day.  
 

  • Steve Almond or Jami Attenberg (June 6-7)
  • Robin Black or Peter Orner (June 8-12)
  • Justin Torres (June 13-14)
  • Garth Greenwell, Sheila Heti, or Akhil Sharma (June 15-19)

Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. You'll need to complete a separate application if you're applying for multiple workshops (which is not the same as listing alternate workshops if you don't get your first choice). Applicants for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers in fiction should also use this form.

Please see our website for the workshop descriptions (some are still TBA) and tuition information.

The priority deadline for applications is March 14th. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years).

Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and dramatic writing. Participation is by application only. Prose classes are limited to 10 students each. Weeklong workshops meet five times, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to noon; the full group breaks at 11:30 AM to give over the last half hour to one-on-one meetings with the visiting author. (Each participant will be allotted one such meeting.) Weekend workshops meet twice, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, each day. 

Please use this form to apply for an advanced workshop in nonfiction, memoir, or essay with:

  • Wendy C. Ortiz and Steve Almond (June 6-7)
  • Sarah M. Broom or Thomas Chatterton Williams (June 8-12)
  • Lacy M. Johnson (June 13-14)
  • Hanif Abdurraqib or Emily Rapp Black (June 15-19)
  • Others like Robin Black, Peter Orner, and Sheila Heti will be teaching primarily fiction genres, but you can apply to work with them as well.

Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. You'll need to complete a separate application if you're applying for multiple workshops (which is not the same as listing alternate workshops if you don't get your first choice). 

Applicants for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers should also use this form. Please see our website for the workshop descriptions and tuition information

The priority deadline for applications is March 14. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years).

Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and dramatic writing. Participation is by application only. Prose classes are limited to 10 students each; poetry workshops are limited to 12.  Weeklong workshops meet five times, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to noon; the full group breaks at 11:30 AM to give over the last half hour to one-on-one meetings between participants and the visiting author. Each weeklong participant will be allotted one such meeting. Weekend workshops meet twice, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, each day.   

Please use this form to apply for an advanced workshop in poetry with:
 

  • Jane Hirshfield (June 8-12)
  • Morgan Parker (June 13-14)
  • Ariana Reines (June 15-19)
  • Hanif Abdurraqib will be teaching primarily nonfiction genres, but you can apply to work with him as well.

Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. You'll need to complete a separate application if you're applying for multiple workshops (which is not the same as listing alternate workshops if you don't get your first choice). 

Applicants for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers should also use this form. Please see our website for the workshop descriptions and tuition information

The priority deadline for applications is March 14. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years).

The Lighthouse Young Writers Camp is led by published and award-winning writers, and each workshop is designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing. Our camp is held at Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street, Denver CO, 80206.

During each camp, young writers will work with four published instructors in a variety of genres and will leave camp with at least one completed piece of work and enthusiasm about pieces-to-come! Our full day camps include a lunch hour for eating (please bring your lunch), free writing, hanging out with new friends, and lawn-cartwheeling. The camp culminates each year in a public reading, where students have the opportunity to showcase their work.


Each participant also receives a professionally published anthology featuring the best work each young writer completed during camp. Our hope is that each participant will leave the camp with a new awareness of the writing craft and increased confidence in their writing and in themselves—not to mention a lot of new writer friends!


ADMISSIONS POLICY
Lighthouse staff and faculty review each application, looking particularly at a student's expressed interest in writing and writing sample. Beginning in January 2020, we will review and accept applications on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of submitting their application. If a camp fills, we will create a waitlist. If any student declines or cancels their acceptance, we will contact the next student on the waitlist.  If a camp is full, we will post that information on our website. Currently, space is available in all camps.


WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We strive to fill our camp with students who show a passion for writing, a creative spark, a desire to explore new topics, and openness to discovering new things. Group dynamics are especially important in a camp as small as ours, so we expect that all applicants will be respectful of instructors and their peers, and motivated to write. We also welcome a diverse range of interests in our students—some are experienced writers with hundreds of pages under their belts, while others excel at sports, music, math, or science, but want to gain more experience in writing. We do not discriminate based on the need for financial aid.


PAYMENT POLICY
The cost of the camp is $375. This cost includes a copy of a professionally published book after the camp weeks are completed for campers who submit work to be published. Payment is required to secure a spot once you have received an acceptance. After you’ve received an acceptance letter, please register online, call with payment, or send us a check. For cancellations and refunds, see our cancellation policy


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Lighthouse believes that all young people should have an opportunity to explore the world through creative writing. Therefore, we offer a sliding scale to families who need financial aid. To request financial assistance, please fill out the appropriate sections of the application form. We will contact you about financial aid at the time of your acceptance to our camp.

Young writers in grades 3-12 who've taken a Lighthouse workshop (either in-house, online, or off-site) from September 2019 through August 2020 are welcome to submit up to three typed, double-spaced pages of creative writing for our annual anthology, And We Created Worlds. Work must have been written or started in a Lighthouse workshop between September 2019 and August 2020.


Learn more about the Young Writers Program

  

Summary of Position

The Marketing and Communications Manager will be responsible for all elements of external messaging and material creation, which includes brochures, flyers, e-newsletters, press releases and packets, social media messaging, and all other marketing-related correspondence. All materials must be written with a specific house voice, look, and feel. The ideal candidate will be an impeccable writer and project manager, with the skill to take material from concept to final draft. This position will also be responsible for maintaining relationships with press and community contacts, and will be expected to work within various artistic and civic communities to spread the word about the organization and the work we’re doing. The ideal candidate is passionate about reading, writing, and literature, and feels comfortable managing freelancers and working closely and productively with fellow staff members.

Specific Responsibilities

o Create and implement annual marketing plan for all programs, with an eye toward promoting both the organization and its specific programs.

o Develop and manage a shared calendar of marketing material development, including a series of scheduled steps toward production.

o Manage the creation, design, writing, and distribution of all print and digital marketing materials, including brochures, flyers, website images, postcards, and letters, in conjunction with freelance graphic designers and other staff members. 

o Maintain digital and print mailing lists.

o Write and design (or manage) weekly e-newsletters. 

o Manage all social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

o Write and distribute press releases and messaging to community at large. Develop relationships with local media.

o Work with Development Director on fundraising messaging and event promotion.

o Manage all media advertising and purchasing in line with budget. Manage relationship with printing vendor(s).

o Maintain LH style sheet, proofread written materials as needed.

o Serve as final arbiter (and copyeditor) of all written materials, as needed.

o Work with program staff on all program marketing and other related promotional materials.

o Represent organization within various communities, building a strong network of professional and personal connections.

o Attend and engage constituents at various public events.

Experience and Education

Candidates must possess exceptional project management skills, with the ability to proactively solicit material, maintain deadlines, and manage multiple contracted designers at the same time. The ability to write clearly and energetically is a must, and the candidate should feel comfortable working with feedback from a team of professional writers. Must also be an experienced and knowledgeable proofreader. Should possess a bachelor’s degree, and at least five years’ experience with marketing, writing, and public relations—ideally in a nonprofit setting. 

The ideal candidate will have experience marketing a wide variety of programs simultaneously to people who are already engaged with the organization while reaching and cultivating new audiences, and will be an outgoing and energetic champion of the Lighthouse mission, and be willing to network and develop relationships with civic and artistic institutions, as well as individuals and arts supporters. Must also have experience with effective social media strategies. Familiarity with website content management is helpful, as is working knowledge of Drupal, InDesign, and Photoshop. Candidate should be an avid reader who enjoys keeping up-to-date on literary culture, both here in Denver and beyond.

The ideal candidate will also be a highly organized, flexible, easy-going, and goal-driven self-starter who enjoys creating positive and collaborative relationships. They will enjoy working unsupervised for long periods of time, occasionally outside of typical work hours. Attention to detail and professionalism are imperative.

Compensation and Benefits

After a 90-day probationary period, benefits include 15 days of paid time off (PTO) which can be used as sick, vacation, or personal time, as well as health insurance. Also includes four free eight-week workshops, and four free one-day workshops per year, a voluntary health care flexible spending account (FSA), and a SEP-IRA retirement fund. 

Salary range is $48,000 to $54,000 per year, commensurate with experience. 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are heard. To that end, we uphold a commitment to a diverse community by nurturing an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming work environment.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop