Friday 500

Swing on by Lighthouse at 4:30 PM, grab some coffee and cookies, 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 writers, 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.

Upcoming dates:

  • April 25
  • May 9
  • May 23

This event is for current Lighthouse members, though guests are welcome to visit once before joining.

Upcoming Friday 500s:
Friday, April 25
Topic: Music


Previous 500s:

Literary Geocache
April 11, 2014
Lighthouser Susan Dickerson will be a guest presenter at this week's 500. Susan will talk about a project she is currently working on called 'The Bottled Novel: A Global Multiplatform Storytelling Experience'. This project needs writers willing to write flash stories [350-400 words] and then geocache them. What's geocaching? Exactly. We'll learn all about it, the submission process, begin writing our own submissions (based on a main scenario titled 'A Bad Brew'), and along the way learn and discuss how to create a surrealist tone in the vein of Edgar Allan Poe. [24]

March 28, 2014
At this week's 500, we'll look at and discuss a range of researching techniques, from ground-truthing to dream journals. We'll try out a couple of different research methods through writing exercises, and then discuss those as well as others with the group. [22]

Craft Books
March 14, 2014
At this week's 500, we're going to talk craft books. The ones that really helped you as a writer and those that didn't. We'll take a closer look at one book in particular called How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One by Stanley Fish. A very good, very short book. Then we'll end our time together with the revealing of the greatest craft book in all of written history. [23]

February 28, 2014
The New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown, says that if you need to get the attention of a wayward character, putting her in a room and setting her on fire will do the trick. She goes on to say, "Unless, of course, your character isn't flammable." That got me thinking--what makes a character flammable? Is it motivation--a character's wants and needs, desires and fears? Is it stakes? Setting? All, or none of the above? During the second hour of Friday 500 this will be our focus. Through exercises and discussion we'll try to nail down a few techniques to help keep your characters ablaze. [30]

Two-Hour Write
February 14, 2014
Due to the Lighthouse Creative Curator being suddenly taken out of commission, attendees wrote for the entire two hours. [20]

January 24, 2014
This Friday 500 was a check-in/prompt during The Big Read Kick-Off Party held at the McNichols Civic Center Building. Those in attendance received a prompt based on the Dadaist and Surrealist exercise of "chance poetry." [19]

Housekeeping--the Style of Marilynne Robinson
January 10, 2014
We'll take a closer look at the style Robinson deploys in her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Housekeeping to see why Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. [32]

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