Announcing Lineup for Lit Fest 2022


Annual festival offers ten days of classes, readings, and events for literary lovers worldwide

DENVER, December 16, 2021—The 17th Lit Fest, Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s annual ten-day celebration of literature and writing, will welcome an eclectic lineup of poets, novelists, memoirists, and more to teach craft workshops in Denver June 10–19, 2022.

The full schedule of events open to the public will be announced at a later date. For now, writers can now apply to advanced weeklong and weekend workshops with the following authors:

  • Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition and The New Testament
  • Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel and Wolf by the Ears
  • Dan Chaon, author of Among the Missing and Stay Awake
  • Tiphanie Yanique, author of Monster in the Middle and How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories
  • P. Carl, author of Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition
  • Percival Everett, author of The Trees, So Much Blue, and Half an Inch of Water
  • Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative
  • Victoria Chang, author of Obit and Dear Memory
  • Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering and Make It Scream, Make It Burn
  • Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak, Bad Stories, and the forthcoming novel, All the Secrets of the World
  • Edward Hirsch, author of Gabriel: A Poem and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems
  • Emily Rapp Black, author of Sanctuary: A Memoir and Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg
  • Nadia Owusu, author of Aftershocks: a Memoir
  • Alissa Nutting, author of Made For Love and Tampa, as well as TV/film work for HBO Max and Hulu
  • Dean Bakopoulos, author of Summerlong, My American Unhappiness, and he does TV work for HBO Max
  • And more to come!

These advanced weeklong and weekend courses are available by application only, and are limited to 10 students each (12 for poetry). Each author will cover a different genre: narrative nonfiction (Carl, Jamison, Febos, Black); fiction (Everett, van den Berg, Yanique, Chaon); poetry (Brown, Chang, Hirsch); and more to come. Priority application deadline is March 12, 2022.

Lighthouse offers Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers, covering the full cost of an advanced weeklong or weekend workshop for four applicants. All fellowship recipients will be responsible for their own airfare, accommodations, and transportation. A panel of published writers review each application, looking for talent, promise, and originality, and this year's judges are Carolyn Forché (poetry), Jacinda Townsend (fiction), and Harrison Candelaria Fletcher (nonfiction). Applications are due by March 12, 2022.

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About Lighthouse Writers Workshop 

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is Colorado’s nonprofit literary arts center. Our mission is to ensure literature maintains its proper prominence in culture and individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings. For over 24 years, we’ve offered award-winning writing workshops, author events, and community engagement programs to people of all ages and backgrounds in Denver and beyond. For more information, visit