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Date Your Work

February 15, 2018

Although I’ve been a longtime Lighthouse student and intermittent member, I’d always found myself strangely intimidated...
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Use Your Muse

February 13, 2018

I knew very little about the Muses when I was invited to be a part of The Muse Project, so I borrowed my son’s tattered...
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2017 Lit Fest Visiting Author Reading

January 14, 2018

A wonderful, moving reading by several of the Lit Fest 2017 visiting authors, including: Akhil Sharma Jennifer Haigh...
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The Script-Selling Advice I Wish I'd Had

January 10, 2018

Writing screenplays is a funny business, because a screenplay isn't a work of art in itself; it's just the blueprint

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Meet Erika Wurth

January 03, 2018

Lighthouse instructor Erika Wurth is the author of one nov

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Alex Lemon on Memoir, Poetry, and Kitties

December 19, 2017

We lured Alex Lemon—poet, memoirist, English professor at Texas Christian University—to teach at Lighthouse with the

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A Great Idea, A Community, A Home

December 15, 2017

Lighthouse is unique. It is somehow a great idea, a home, and a community wrapped into one.

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Past, Present, and Future Writers

December 05, 2017

M knows how to write his birthdate, and that’s about it. September 25, 2007. In numbers, not letters.

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Alaska's Loss is Our Gain

November 27, 2017

Editor's Note: Our annual Beacon Award for Teaching Exce

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How to Make a Citizen Poem Box

November 10, 2017

On Monday, November 6, as part of Denver Talks I led a workshop at

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There's Gold in That Story

November 07, 2017

I once enrolled in a New York City workshop taught by a widely respected older poet.

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Embrace the Woo-Woo

October 11, 2017

Life in Colorado was becoming routine, so Lighthouse instructor

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Get to Know Steve Knopper

October 10, 2017

Steve Knopper, one of Lighthouse’s newest instructors, has the kind of rock-and-roll resume that evokes envy: He's co

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Conflict: Got A Problem With That?

August 31, 2017

I’ve been extremely fortunate since coming to Denver eight years ago.

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Literary Distance, Mark Mayer, And A Song From Hercules

August 29, 2017

As a writer, one of the most difficult tasks can simply be finding inspiration for your work.

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Othello: The Most Terrifying Play Ever Written?

August 24, 2017

In act I, scene 3 of Othello, the 28-year-old Iago upbraids his supposed friend Roderigo for threa

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What I Learned At Fort Lyon

August 17, 2017

Before I left for a month-long writing residency at Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community, my wisest friends tol

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Talking Hybrid Forms with Selah Saterstrom

August 11, 2017

Selah Saterstrom has written three novels (Slab; The Meat and Spirit Plan; and The Pink Institu

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Meet Melissa Lucero McCarl

August 09, 2017

Playwright Melissa Lucero McCarl is no stranger to the loca

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Five Misconceptions About Writing Children’s Picture Books

August 08, 2017

New writers often assume a few things about what it takes to draft a picture book ...

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Voice: Why Publishers Want It

August 01, 2017

Singers sing. Speakers speak. Actors act. All of them use their voices. But writers write.

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How to Find Killer Nonfiction Stories

July 31, 2017

Here’s a dirty little secret: You don’t have to be an exceptional writer to be successful in the nonfiction writing b

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Mathias Svalina: Dream Instructor

July 26, 2017

Maybe you've read about Mathias Svalina in the

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Ann McCutchan's Impressive Resume

July 24, 2017

Ann McCutchan has one of those long, diverse bios that mak

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Surrounded By Writers

July 20, 2017

By Andrea Torres

Disclaimer: I am NOT a writer.

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The Sebald Remedy

June 27, 2017

So often, we fiction writers project a reader who is lazy, listless, or passive—who has to be seduced.

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Meet Our Terry Dodd Scholarship Winner

June 08, 2017

For the first time this year, Lighthouse was able to offer four Lit Fest fellowships to emerging writers.