Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997.
Here's where you can apply for a Master Workshop in dramatic writing (screenwriting, playwriting) at Lit Fest 2018 with:
  • Alexandre Philippe (June 2-3)
  • Halley Feiffer** (June 4-8)
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

Please note that Daniel Goldfarb, who was originally scheduled, had to unfortunately cancel (though for fortunate reasons having to do with his show, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL). Ms. Feiffer is an outstanding playwright and also writes for MOZART IN THE JUNGLE (Amazon), a new Jim Carrey show on Showtime, KIDDING, and much more. See the workshop descriptions link above for more info.

Priority deadline for applications is March 22, which is extended due to our faculty changes. 
Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (the past five years, all of the classes have filled).

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 at length with a number of 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!


Lighthouse staff and faculty review each application, looking particularly at a student's expressed interest in writing and writing sample. Beginning in mid-March, 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.


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.


The cost of the camp is $375. This cost includes a copy of a professionally published book after the camp weeks are completed. 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


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. Funding support is provided by Grace US Foundation and individual patrons. 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.