Swing on by Lighthouse at 4:30 PM, grab some coffee and cookies, or crack open a beer, find your favorite perch, and fire out your 500 words. Then at 5:30 PM, keep on writing or gather for discussions on craft, conversations with guest authors, or spontaneous group writing and sharing.
The Friday 500 happens from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.
- February 12
- February 26
- March 11
- March 25
This event is for current Lighthouse members, though guests are welcome to visit once before joining.
Upcoming Friday 500s:
Friday, February 12
Topic: "Vocabulary of Forms"
Jolt's Art of War
[Collaboration with Leon Gallery]
January 22, 2016
Do you ever feel at war with your story or with the craft of writing itself? Jolt does. He's a local graffiti writer and fine artist whose artist statement goes like this: "I battle with wild style letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardization enforced by the rules of the alphabet [...] I defend myself with defensive masks that sometimes mirror the adversary opposing me [...] The ability to express deep emotional turmoil and advance one's technique while conquering all fears and challenges is what brings the war into art and the strategy of The Art of War into my work." At this Friday 500, we'll meet at the Leon Gallery, about a 3-minute drive or 12-minute walk from Lighthouse, spending both hours writing about and discussing Jolt's exhibition The Art of War. 
Nahshon Cook Interview
January 8, 2016
Nahshon Cook is a local poet who was contracted to write his first book in 2010, left for Asia to write it, and published the book in 2015. The book is called The Killing Fields, and is a poetic map of Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, and America. Nahshon's story sometimes isn't easy to hear, but I believe is a perfect one to listen to at the new year inasmuch as we'll learn from him the greatness of jumping into an adventure without an itinerary, why he claims it takes the same amount of courage to write as it does to submit your writing, and much more along these themes of resolution.