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

Young writers in grades 3-12 who've taken a Lighthouse workshop (either in-house, online, or off-site) 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 2019. 

Learn more about the Young Writers Program

The Lighthouse Beacon Award was created and initially funded by Lighthouse students to honor a Lighthouse faculty member whose teaching evidences a profound and lasting commitment to student writers and to the craft of writing. It's funded entirely by donations, and you're welcome to make a donation, if you so choose. Whether you make a donation or not does not affect this nomination. All nominations are kept confidential.
Past recipients include:

2017: Rachel Weaver
2016: Victoria Hanley
2015: Benjamin Whitmer
2014: Erika Krouse
2013: Chris Ransick
2012: David Rothman
2011: Shari Caudron
2010: Paula Younger
2009: Alexandre Philippe
2008: William Haywood Henderson

Past winners of the award are eligible after a one year grace period. The Beacon Award Committee meets annually to consider these nominations and gives priority to an instructor’s dedication to student writers and the craft of writing. The Beacon Award guidelines allow the committee to consider, among others, the number of classes taught for Lighthouse; the quality and depth of the Instructor’s own writing; and the Instructor’s commitment to Lighthouse Writers. In keeping with Lighthouse’s values, culture, and tradition of creative excellence, the balance of this form may consist of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, or any other variant of the written word.

"Writing helps to reconnect the shards, and the writer reaches a deeper understanding of self and the world around them.” —Michael Henry, Executive Director of Lighthouse 

Lighthouse Writers Workshop has partnered with the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community to offer professional writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline in a scenic, natural environment while providing hands-on creative writing instruction to homeless veterans in Colorado. Writers will be invited to stay at the Fort Lyon campus, in the Arkansas Valley in southeastern Colorado, for four weeks, and will be provided a $2,500 stipend, as well as meals and transportation to and from the Denver area.

Application Process

The 2019 residency is open to a writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. A complete application should be submitted by December 1, 2018 and include:

  • A brief cover letter, including a biographical statement and your Lighthouse history (if applicable)
  • Any dates you cannot attend 
  • A CV of no more than three pages
  • A personal statement describing your creative project and a proposal for programs or workshops you would offer to the community. In your statement, please also describe your interest in helping homeless people and  veterans, including why you think people are homeless
  • A sample of your work, up to 25 typed pages for fiction and nonfiction, or 15 pages for poetry
  • Two current letters of recommendation. Each letter should be sent directly to, with your name and Fort Lyon in the subject line
  • A $10 application fee

The 2018-19 Writer in Residence will be notified by mid-January 2019, and the residency will take place throughout the following year, schedule as agreed upon by the resident and program director.

For More Information

Please contact William Dewey with the Colorado Division of Housing,, 303.846.7839, or Michael Henry with Lighthouse Writers Workshop,, 303.297.1185. 

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