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.

Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, short story, hybrid, and screenwriting genres. Participation is by application only. Weeklong workshops meet five times, Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 11:30 AM MDT and include a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. Weekend workshops meet twice, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM MDT, or 1:30 to 5:30 PM MDT each day. All fiction workshops are currently scheduled to be held in person; if it is deemed unsafe to hold in-person workshops in June, we'll consider moving the advanced workshops to a virtual sphere. Each writer offered a spot in the class will have the option of whether or not to go through with registration as new details emerge.

Please use this form to apply for an advanced workshop in fiction with:

  • Steve Almond, Dean Bakopoulis and Alissa Nutting (fiction/screenwriting), Dan Chaon, Percival Everett, Laura van den Berg, or Tiphanie Yanique (June 13–17).
  • Vanessa Hua (June 11–12)
  • Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. You'll need to complete a separate application if you're applying for multiple workshops (which is not the same as listing alternate workshops if you don't get your first choice). Applicants for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers in fiction should also use this form. This year's judge is novelist Jacinda Townsend (Saint Monkey, Mother Country).
  • Please see our website for the workshop descriptions and tuition information.

The priority deadline for applications is March 12. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years).

Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and essay. Participation is by application only, and courses are limited to 10 participants each. Weeklong workshops meet five times, Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 11:30 AM MDT, and include a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. Weekend workshops meet twice, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, or 1:30 to 5:30 PM each day. As of now, all workshops are scheduled to be held in person in Denver; if it is deemed unsafe to hold in-person workshops in June, we'll consider moving the advanced workshops to a virtual sphere. All admitted writers will have the opportunity to decide whether or not they'll register for the class if our plans change.

Please use this form to apply for an advanced workshop in nonfiction, memoir, or essay with:

  • Emily Rapp Black, P Carl, Melissa Febos, or Nadia Owusu (June 13–17)
  • Leslie Jamison (June 11–12)

Please remove all identifying information from your 10-page writing sample. You'll need to complete a separate application if you're applying for multiple workshops (which is not the same as listing alternate workshops if you don't get your first choice). Applicants for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers in Nonfiction should also use this form. The fellowship will be judged this year by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher (Presentimiento: A Life In Dreams, Descanso For My Father: Fragments Of A Life).  

Please see our website for the workshop descriptions and tuition information.

The priority deadline for applications is March 12. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years).

Lit Fest features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in poetry. Participation is by application only, and each class is limited to 12 poets (14 for a generative workshop). Weeklong workshops meet five times, Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 11:30 AM MDT,  and include a one-on-one meeting with the instructor. Weekend workshops meet twice, Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM MDT. All poetry workshops will be in person ; if it is deemed unsafe to hold in-person workshops in June, we'll consider moving the advanced workshops to a virtual sphere.
Please use this form to apply for an advanced workshop in poetry with:

  • Victoria Chang or Edward Hirsch (June 13–17)
  • Jericho Brown (June 11–12)

Please remove all identifying information from your 3-to-5-poem writing sample. You'll need to complete a separate application if you're applying for multiple workshops (which is not the same as listing alternate workshops if you don't get your first choice). Applicants for the Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers in poetry should also use this form. This year's fellowship judge is Carolyn Forché (The Country Between Us, The Blue Hour).
Please see our website for the workshop descriptions and tuition information.
The priority deadline for applications is March 12. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting (all of the classes have filled in past years).

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

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