Ends on April 15, 2019

$25.00 USD

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is excited to announce the inaugural Writing In Color Retreat in 2019!   

The mission of Lighthouse Writers Workshop 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.

To this end, we support the creation of new creative works from writers of color whose narratives have been largely underrepresented in literature, connecting the artists and their voices to larger audiences and movements to advance equity.  We will build and foster a network of socially engaged writers of color, celebrating the diversity and power of voice to create a more complete picture of American literature. 

We will welcome up to 24 writers of color, established or emerging, who have a project they want to develop with support and guidance from our faculty. With the generous support of our partners at SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, and our individual donors, we are able to offer a reduced tuition in our inaugural year.  Tuition (including room and board) ranges from $755 - $875, depending on the type of lodging chosen.  We do have a limited number of scholarships available, please indicate on your application if you would like to apply for a scholarship.  Sunshine Mountain Lodge, our retreat site, borders Rocky Mountain National Park and the Long’s Peak trailhead and the Indian Peaks Wilderness, offering unlimited trail exploration.  Located approximately halfway between Lyons and Estes Park, Colorado, this is a peaceful and beautiful retreat space. The property includes a hot tub and deer and moose are among regular wildlife sightings in a beautiful and Colorado setting. The food at the lodge is homemade and delicious, and the cabins each have their own kitchenettes. There are no single rooms available for our lodging rate, but for participants who seek a more private experience, Estes Park and Lyons are both less than 20 miles away.  Most participants will share a room with one or two other writers in cabins, though rooming at the lodge and sharing with three to five other writers is the most affordable lodging experience.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  April 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm MST


DATES: Arrive July 28, depart August 1

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified of submission status by May 31, 2019.



Kali Fajardo-Anstine is from Denver, Colorado. Her debut short story collection, Sabrina & Corina, is coming April 2nd from One World/ Random House, a historical novel to follow. Her fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Kali has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming. 


Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among others. A winner of the 92Y's "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest and a Finalist for the National Book Award, she has also received awards, scholarships, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Key West Literary Seminars, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Tin House, and Bucknell University. She currently lives in Colorado where she is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver. Her first book, Ghost Of, was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Book Contest. 


Serena Chopra has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She was recently featured in Harper's Bazaar, India and is currently completing a hybrid poetic memoir on queerness, trauma and immigration. She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, for which she is composing a text informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a professional modern dancer, writer, visual and performance artist, filmmaker, and soundscape designer. She is an eight-year company member with Evolving Doors Dance, as well as a 2011-2013 resident artist at the RedLine Gallery in Denver. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and recently worked with Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of her most recent book, Ic, for which she composed the soundscape. Her films, Mother Ghosting and There Is Nothing Good About the Tyranny of Beauty will premiere October 2018 at Denver’s Georgia Art Space and CU Boulder’s ATLAS  Theater, respectively. Additionally, in collaboration with videographer and photographer, Kasey Ferlic, Serena has been awarded ArtHyve’s 2018 Art As Muse Orphan Film Grant. Their film, Dogana, features the narratives of queer Indian and Indian-American women and transmen, and will premiere at the Denver Film Festival in November 2018. Serena currently teaches in the BA and MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. 


Manuel Aragon is a writer, director, and photographer based out of Denver, CO. A graduate of NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at Tisch School Of The Arts, his music video work has been featured on MTV, MTV2, NME, Pitchfork, and Stereogum. He is currently working on Norteñas, a collection of short stories centered in the Northside, a Mexican and Mexican-American centered part of Denver, and the people, ghosts, and demons that live there.

He most recently won the CineLatino Pitch Latino Award for Emerging Filmmakers with the web series, Welcome to the Northside, a comedic take on gentrification and Latino displacement in North Denver. 


NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING FELLOWS: 24 — six per workshop group


● Orientation

● Faculty & Guest Instructor-led Workshops

● Participant Readings

● Faculty &  Guest Instructor Readings/Craft Talks

● Publishing & Career Panels 

● All-participant Community Conversations

 ● Independent recreation time with access to a scenic environment 


● Writers identifying as people of color.

● Applicants 21 years of age or older.

Electronic notification of admission results will be sent by May 31, 2019.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not meet the requirements below will not be considered.

Your submission should comprise a cover letter including your name, the name of the genre you are applying for, and your contact information. Your cover letter is the only place where your name should appear. Paginate your document, and use legible, 11-to-12-point font and standard margins. Upload your writing sample as a single .pdf, .doc, or .docx document. 

Format as follows:

Poetry: Six-eight pages of poems. Only one poem per page is permitted, though you may submit multiple-paged poems. Insert hard page breaks between every page.

Prose: sample of one piece or combination of pieces to equal no more than 4000 words in genre

Dramatic Writing: a sample of an original play/screenplay equal to no more than 20 double-spaced pages.  The first page of the attached document should have the title of the play.

Your application is not considered complete until you upload the manuscript and pay the $25 application fee. Recommendation letters are not required.

To complete your application, you will be directed to Submittable, where you will submit your writing sample, cover letter, and pay the application fee of $25. Applications submitted without the fee will not be considered.

Cover letters should be typed into the corresponding box on Submittable. Include your full name, address, email address and telephone number. Write a maximum of 500 words explaining why you wish to attend the retreat and what you expect to accomplish.

One application per candidate. You are urged not to wait until the last day to apply in case you have technical difficulties submitting your application.

Please note that we will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding applications that are not accepted, nor will we be able to provide feedback on those entries. 

Accepted applicants: A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be due by June 15, 2019 in order to secure your place. The remainder of your fee, payable in as many as 4 installments, will be due by July 15, 2019.  A limited number of scholarships are available, please indicate on your application if you are requesting financial aid.  

Refund Policy:  If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, the following applies: 

$100 deposit due June 15 is non-refundable.  $200 cancellation fee after June 30.

No refunds will be available for any cancellations for any reason after July 4.


Email our Community Engagement Coordinator, Suzi Q. Smith, at suzi@lighthousewriters.org