Beacon Award

Origins, Humble as They May Seem
The Lighthouse Beacon Award was originated by students to honor a Lighthouse faculty member for teaching excellence, commitment to students, and dedication to the craft of writing. The Award is presented at the kickoff get-together for the fall workshop session.

Instructors are eligible if they have taught for Lighthouse during the previous year, July 1st to June 30th. Past recipients of the Award are eligible again after a one-year grace period. Directors and Officers of Lighthouse Writers Workshop are not eligible for nomination or receipt of the Award, including the Program Director, Executive Director, Director of Development, Program Assistants, or Young Writers Program Coordinator.

The Award was originated by students and relies on nominations from students and current members of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Once the call goes out, it’s up to our membership to submit letters of nomination. There are no bureaucratic forms to fill out, no affidavits to be notarized. Just send a letter by June 30th via e-mail to, or submit your nomination online, nominating a teacher who has made a memorable impact on the development of your craft during the past year. Include the instructor’s name, what classes you took, and any other information you feel relevant.

Please limit your nomination letters to no more than two pages. We encourage these from a broad base of support, though please submit your letters individually, rather than in a group submission. Nominations must be received at least one month before the selection meeting.

Once the letters of nomination are received, a Beacon Award Committee consisting of students and members of the Lighthouse Board of Directors, will meet to consider the nominations received. They’ll consider these letters of support during the summer break and recommend one instructor to the Board for the Beacon Award.

Past Winners
2014: Erika Krouse
2013: Chris Ransick
2012: David Rothman
2011: Shari Caudron
2010: Paula Younger
2009: Alexandre Philippe
2008: William Haywood Henderson


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