Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997.

Offered annually to a person who demonstrates a passion and skill for writing, a commitment to developing their writing skills, and a clear commitment to community service, the Writing In Color Fellowship for Emerging Writers is for writers who would benefit from a year's worth of involvement at Lighthouse but who would not be able to do so without financial support.  Any writer of color living in Colorado over the age of 21 writing in any genre who has not published a full-length manuscript is eligible to apply.  


DEADLINE TO APPLY:  April 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm MST

FELLOWSHIP DATES: June 7, 2019 - May 31, 2020 

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified of submission status by May 15, 2019.


The mission of Lighthouse Writers Workshop 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.

To this end, we support the creation of new creative works from writers of color whose narratives have been largely underrepresented in literature, connecting the artists and their voices to larger audiences and movements to advance equity.  We will build and foster a network of socially engaged writers of color, celebrating the diversity and power of voice to create a more complete picture of American literature. Literature has the potential to act as an agent for social change, creating and sharing diverse and empowered narratives examining the intersections personal, historical, and social realities to shape our understanding and build collective empathy.  

While Lighthouse has always emphasized accessibility, this award offers a depth and consistency of engagement to the fellowship recipient. The year-long award period not only engages the writer in directed literary activities, but also allows for full immersion in a project or body of work. At the close of the fellowship year, the community is enriched through the opportunity to hear and celebrate the fellowship recipient, who will read from what they’ve written during the year.

The Emerging Writing In Color Fellowship will provide access to:  

  • 2 multi-week courses annually 
  • 5 one-day courses annually (may include 1-day courses at Lit Fest)
  • 1 Glitterati pass at Lit Fest  
  • Participation in the annual Writing in Color retreat 
  • Up to 10 hours access to a faculty member for mentorship as needed 
  • Participation in a Lighthouse quarterly reading 
  • 1 year membership at Lighthouse Writers Workshop 
  • Observation and support of a Lighthouse community outreach program 

 

WHO’S ELIGIBLE: 

● Writers identifying as people of color who reside in Colorado.

● Applicants 21 years of age or older.

Electronic notification of admission results will be sent by May 15, 2019.

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not meet the requirements below will not be considered.

Your submission should comprise a cover letter including your name, the name of the genre you are applying for, and your contact information. Your cover letter is the only place where your name should appear. Paginate your document, and use legible, 11-to-12-point font and standard margins. Upload your writing sample as a single .pdf, .doc, or .docx document. 

Format as follows:

Poetry: Six-eight pages of poems. Only one poem per page is permitted, though you may submit multiple-paged poems. Insert hard page breaks between every page.

Prose: sample of one piece or combination of pieces to equal no more than 4000 words in genre

Recommendation letters are not required.

To complete your application, you will be directed to Submittable, where you will submit your writing sample, cover letter, and pay the application fee of $25. Applications submitted without the fee will not be considered - if the application fee is prohibitive, please e-mail us to discuss alternatives.

Cover letters should be typed into the corresponding box on Submittable. Include your full name, address, email address and telephone number. Please respond to each question in the corresponding text box explaining why you wish to apply for the fellowship and what you expect to accomplish over the course of the year.

One application per candidate. You are urged not to wait until the last day to apply in case you have technical difficulties submitting your application.

Please note that we will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding applications that are not accepted, nor will we be able to provide feedback on those entries. 

QUESTIONS? 

Email our Community Engagement Coordinator, Suzi Q. Smith, at suzi@lighthousewriters.org 

Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and young adult. 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 11:45 AM, and include a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. (Note: Mary Ruefle will meet with two participants over lunch each day instead of one-on-one short meetings.) 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 fiction with:

  • Steve Almond or Christopher Castellani (June 8-9)
  • Rachel Cusk or Sheila Heti (June 10-14)
  • Erika L. Sánchez or Curtis Sittenfeld (June 15-16)
  • Julie Buntin, Alexander Chee, or Gabe Habash (June 17-21)
  • Others like Amitava Kumar will be teaching primarily nonfiction  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 in fiction should also use this form. 

Please see our website for the workshop descriptions and tuition information

The priority deadline for applications is March 15. 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 all genres, including dramatic writing. Participation is by application only. Prose and dramatic writing 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 11:45 AM, and include a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. 


Please use this form to apply for an advanced workshop in fiction with Donald Margulies, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright and screenwriter.

 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 and tuition information.

 The priority deadline for applications is March 15. 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 young adult. 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 to 11:45 AM, and include a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. (Note: Mary Ruefle will meet with two participants over lunch each day instead of one-on-one short meetings.) 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:

  • Steve Almond (June 8-9)
  • Melissa Febos or Helen Macdonald (June 10-14)
  • Sloane Crosley (June 15-16)
  • Alexander Chee, Amitava Kumar, or Mary Ruefle (June 17-21)
  • Fiction workshops taught by Sheila Heti or Rachel Cusk could be alternate choices.

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 15. 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 young adult. 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 to 11:45 AM, and include a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. (Note: Mary Ruefle will meet with two participants over lunch each day instead of one-on-one short meetings.) 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:

  • Ross Gay
  • Mary Ruefle

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 15. 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. Beginnng in January, 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. 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.

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