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 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!


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.


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 $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


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.

For writers interested in taking their work to market one day, Lit Fest offers an opportunity to educate yourself about and connect with publishing professionals. Given the busy schedules of agents and editors, it’s a rare chance to receive direct feedback and advice. You must purchase a Gold, Silver, Bronze, Penny, or Full-Access Business Pass before requesting a meeting with an agent. 

Use this form to submit your top three agent or editor choices and, later, your one-page query letter and a chapter or excerpt of up to 15 pages. The query letter should be addressed to your top-choice agent or editor; select your second choice in the form. Submit the query letter and writing sample as a single document, with the query letter as your first page.

We’ll confirm your meeting time and let you know if additional meetings are available for purchase by May 10. If you have any questions, please see our Business Info Packet


  • May 7 (midnight MST): Submit your top three agent or editor choices
  • May 10: We'll confirm your meeting time and open up additional meetings if space allows
  • May 14 (midnight MST): Deadline to submit your query letter and 15-page writing sample
  • May 18: You'll receive a final confirmation of your meeting schedule
Ends on June 20, 2019$15.00

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. Apply by 11:59 PM mountain time on June 20, 2019. Applicants will be contacted regarding spots by early July. 

For tuition information, please see our website.

You can find mentor bios and information about the projects they're seeking here:

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 apply by 11:59 PM mountain time on June 20, 2019. Applicants will be contacted regarding spots by early July. 

For tuition information, curriculum, and information about mentors, see our website. You can find Poetry Collective mentor bios here:

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