Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997.
Ends on June 20, 2017
Applicants for The Book Project are welcome to apply here. This is a two-year program beginning in August of 2017, during which advanced writers trying to complete novels, short story collections, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction will be guided through a generative year (year 1) and a development/refinement year (year 2). Please apply by 11:59 PM mountain time on June 20, 2017, and applicants will be contacted regarding spots by early July.

For tuition information, please see our website.
Ends on June 20, 2017
The Poetry Collective is a new manuscript-focused curriculum for poets. It’s a flexible, affordable program aimed at helping you produce a finished, high-quality book of poems that reads as a cohesive collection, not just a bundle of singular works. (Please note: The Poetry Collective is replacing the Poetry Book Project.)

Please apply by 11:59 PM mountain time on June 20, 2017, and applicants will be contacted regarding spots by early July.

For tuition information, please see our website.
Elementary Summer Writing Camp: June 26-30
  • For rising 3rd through 5th graders, interested/advanced rising 2nd graders may apply
  • Half day option: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, $155
  • Full day option: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, $305

Middle School Summer Camp (grades 6-8): July 17-21

  • For rising 6th through 8th graders
  • Full day option: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, $305
  • Extended day option: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, $375

High School Summer Camp (grades 9-12): July 24-28

  • For rising 9th through 12th graders
  • Full day option: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, $305
  • Extended day option: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, $375

The priority application deadline was March 1, 2017. We're now accepting applications on a rolling basis until camps are full. Currently all camps have openings. We will post an update if a particular camp is full.

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. We offer a half and full day option for our elementary camps, and a full and extended day option for our middle and high school camps.

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!


Due to an increasing demand for spaces at our camp, Lighthouse uses a two-step admissions policy. After the March 1 deadline, a committee of writers from our faculty will review and make recommendations based on the applications. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on or around April 1. If there are more qualified applicants than there are spaces in the camp, we will accept students from our waitlist as space becomes available. If any student declines or cancels, we will contact the next student on the waitlist. If space remains after the March 1 deadline, we will review and accept applications on a rolling basis.


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 half day camp is $155; full day camp is $305; and extended day 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 email or letter. 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.

Ends on July 31, 2017

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:

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.

Ends on August 1, 2017

The Young Authors Collective, or YAC, is a group of talented, word-obsessed high school writers dedicated to experimenting with new creative forms, collaborating with other arts organizations, and writing a ton. We meet once a week at Lighthouse to generate new pieces, give friendly feedback, and work towards publication. YAC members work with some of Lighthouse’s best faculty and have the opportunity to meet visiting authors. And YAC members attend Lighthouse’s literary events throughout the year. 

YAC meets at Lighthouse on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and has a maximum of 12 students. Tuition is $350 per semester; financial aid is available. 

Participating in the YAC is a great way for teens to hone their craft, demonstrate leadership in the literary community, learn about the process of becoming published, and make new writer friends.

Apply here for the 2017-2018 school year. 


"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 $2,000 stipend, as well as meals and transportation to and from the Denver area.

Application Process

The 2017-18 residency is open to a writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. A complete application should be submitted by June 30, 2017 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 2017-18 Writer in Residence will be notified by mid-August 2017, 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.