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.
The Lighthouse Summer Writing Intensive is led by published and award-winning writers, and each workshop is designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing. During camp week, young writers will work at length with a number of published instructors in a variety of genres and will leave camp with new knowledge about the craft of writing, at least one completed piece of work, and enthusiasm about pieces-to-come. Campers will be invited, but not required, to share a piece of writing in a public reading at the end of the week. Writers of all experience are welcome to apply; we look for campers who are excited to write and spend a week as part of a writing community.
This IN-PERSON camp is held at Lighthouse's new, temporary location at 3833 Steele St, Suite 1438, Denver, 80205. This is a NOT an overnight camp. Camp dates for 2022 are July 18-22 for middle school ages and July 25-29 for high school ages. Camp hours are 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
IMPORTANT NOTE: COVID VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL IN-PERSON CAMPERS. We'll send instructions for submitting proof of vaccinations with camp acceptances.
Our full day camps include a lunch hour for eating (please bring your lunch), freewriting, 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 February 2022, 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.
The cost of the camp is $450. 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.
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.
We’re pleased with your interest in the Book Project. This is a two-year program for serious writers. With this in mind, please take your time with this application. Answer questions as fully and honestly as possible. We encourage you to apply early, but you have until 11:59 PM MDT on June 25, 2022. Applicants will be contacted regarding spots by mid July.
For program and tuition details, please see our website.
You can find mentor bios and information about the projects they're seeking here:
Young writers in grades 3-12 who've taken a Lighthouse workshop (either in-house, online, or off-site) from September 2021 through August 2022 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 2021 and August 2022.
Learn more about the Young Writers Program.
The Poetry Collective is a 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 apply by 11:59 PM mountain time on June 25, 2022. Applicants will be contacted regarding spots by mid July.
For tuition information, curriculum, and information about mentors, see our website. You can find Poetry Collective mentor bios here: