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.
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.
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 mid-March, we will review and accept applications
on a rolling basis. Applicants will be
notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of submitting their
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. 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.
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.