Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997.
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Here's where you can apply for a Master Workshops in dramatic writing at Lit Fest 2017. Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. Priority deadline for applications is March 1. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (the past five years, all of the classes have filled).

For workshop descriptions and tuition information, please click here


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Here's where you can apply for one of the Master Workshops in fiction at Lit Fest 2017. Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. Priority deadline for applications is March 1. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (the past five years, all of the classes have filled).

For workshop descriptions and tuition information, please click here

Here's where you can apply for one of the Master Workshops in nonfiction, memoir, and essay at Lit Fest 2017. Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. Priority deadline for applications is March 1. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (the past five years, all of the classes have filled).

For workshop descriptions and tuition information, please click here

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Here's where you can apply for a Master Workshops in poetry at Lit Fest 2017. Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. Priority deadline for applications is March 1. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (the past five years, all of the classes have filled).

For workshop descriptions and tuition information, please click here

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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 application deadline is March 1, 2017.

After March 1, applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis as space allows.

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!

ADMISSIONS POLICY

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.

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 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

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.

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.