Friday 500

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.

Upcoming dates:

  • August 14
  • August 28
  • September 11
  • September 25

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

Upcoming Friday 500s:
Friday, August 14
Topic: TBA

 

Previous 500s:

Write Denver
July 24, 2015
During the second hour of Friday 500 this week, I'll be proud to introduce to you a new Lighthouse project called Write Denver. Write Denver is a community place-making collaborative that challenges participants to "write the city." We'll talk about upcoming events (the first one being a behind-the-scenes walking and writing tour of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and other buildings that make up the Denver Performing Arts Complex), other ways of becoming involoved with Write Denver, including an upcoming contest where a line from the winner's poem or prose piece will be projected from The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex onto the sidewalk, and we'll do some place-making exercises as well. [17]

Inner Adventure, Outward Event
July 10, 2015
Another way of saying 'inner adventure, outward event' is 'internal drama, external action.' Another is 'meaning-making, experience.' Our characters must interpret the effects of what they cause to happen. It's what a reader craves. But sometimes as writers we forget to give this type of agency to the following: setting, detail, and events in relation to historical context. Through exercises and discussion we'll explore ways of how to motivate all three. [21]

Montage
June 26, 2015
This week during the second half of Friday 500, we'll take a look at the literary technique of montage. We'll discuss its finer points, probe some examples from published works, take a crack at writing our own, and save some time at the end for sharing. [22]

Hero's/Heroine's Journey Fiction/Memoir Smack Down
May 22, 2015
You've probably heard of the hero's journey, but have you applied it to your own work? And what about the so-called feminine heroic journey--is it just for women? Is the hero's journey just for sword-wielding, spell-casting genre writing? Or, does it appear in literary fiction, real-life stories, and memoir? Join Lighthouse Book Project members Catie Peterson (fiction) and Susanna Donato (memoir) on a quest to discover the landmarks and pitfalls that lay in wait for heroic journeys of all types. Then roll up your sleeves and dig in to see if aspects of a hero's journey are lurking in your own writing and experiment with shaping them to make the arc of your tale connect deeply with the universal human hunger for story. [30]

Friday 500: Invitations to the Reader
May 8, 2015
There are moments within a poem or story where an author makes a deliberate attempt at inviting a reader into her work in order to connect to it on a deeper level. We'll take a look at the cento, the negative association, and the frozen description, as tactics for capturing a reader's attention. [28]

The Brutal Line
April 24, 2015
What is the brutal line? It's a line in poetry or prose that pries open a reader to great effect--to name two, but the list goes on, laughter and sublimity. We'll take a look at some examples of brutal lines and write some of our own, and discuss along the way what craft-affects the brutal line has on structure and character development. [25]

Lit Mags--Flash Fiction, Flash Memoir
April 10, 2015
Laura Miller will be a special guest of Friday 500 this week. Join us as Laura leads a discussion about the ins and outs of submitting to literary magazines. Her focus will be on the flash fiction and flash memoir genres, but even if you don't write in these veins come on down--you'll be sure to learn lots! Laura is Lighthouse's Program Assistant, but has also served as co-editor-and-chief of Sonora Review and managing editor of Fairy Tale Review. [25]

2-Hour Write
March 27, 2015
Due to Inside the Writer's Studio with Kazuo Ishiguro taking place at the same time as Friday 500 this week, we're going to write for two hours straight, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM--a perfect amount of time to spring-clean that story of yours that needs a good dusting! [15]

The Big Sync
[Collaboration with Wonderbound]
March 13, 2015
At this week's Friday 500 we'll meet at the Wonderbound Studio, on 1075 Park Avenue West, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Wonderbound is a contemporary dance company that "lives at the convergence of tradition and innovation, vulnerability and courage, and intimacy and openness." Which sounds, and is, beautiful, but how are such things achieved? The Big Sync, that's how. A few weeks ago, I saw a rehearsal at Wonderbound and was struck by the company's creative process. In writing terms, the editing, revising, and rereading process. Everything from the dancers stretching their bodies while 'taking ten' to the wardrobe designer on her sewing machine. Everything was 'syncing' at once. Writers must sync every aspect of their process in the same way when getting ready for a big show (a completed manuscript)--it just looks a lot different. We must juggle everything all at once, mood, character motivation, plot, setting, texture, lighting, rhythm, conflict, character movement through space and time, among many other story techniques. Indeed, the syncing process is just as creative, perhaps even more so, as the opening night performance. Join us and experience what it's like to write about, discuss, and be inspired by a rehearsal of Boomtown: Tales from the River Valley, Wonderbound's upcoming show. [28]

The Greatness of Flaws
February 27, 2015
In Edward Abbey’s author’s introduction to his book Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness he says, “[…]if the book has virtues they cannot be disentangled from the faults; that there is a way of being wrong which is also sometimes necessarily right.” During the second hour of Friday 500 we’ll take a look at excerpts from three of the greatest works ever written in English, thus looking in the eye some of English’s greatest literary flaws. Then, we’ll look at our own work and write and discuss our way into the greatness of being right by being wrong. [25]

Reversals
February 13, 2015
Join us for some writing exercises and a discussion about 'the reversal,' a simple technique that will help make your sentences, characters, narrator, and story arc dynamic and round. [30]

Structure--"A Single Form for a Single Artist" Part 2
[Collaboration with the Clyfford Still Museum]
January 23, 2015
On January 9, gather in the Lighthouse Grotto for a talk about the Clyfford Still Museum architecture, led by Victoria Eastburn, director of education and programs. The presentation will interweave creative-writing prompts developed by Dan Manzanares, creative curator at Lighthouse. Then on January 23, meet at the Clyfford Still Museum to experience the “single form for a single artist.” Using the Museum as a springboard, the writing exercises in Part 2 will focus on how to celebrate the literary structure of your unique project. [32]

Structure--"A Single Form for a Single Artist" Part 1
[Collaboration with the Clyfford Still Museum]
January 9, 2015
On January 9, gather in the Lighthouse Grotto for a talk about the Clyfford Still Museum architecture, led by Victoria Eastburn, director of education and programs. The presentation will interweave creative-writing prompts developed by Dan Manzanares, creative curator at Lighthouse. Then on January 23, meet at the Clyfford Still Museum to experience the “single form for a single artist.” Using the Museum as a springboard, the writing exercises in Part 2 will focus on how to celebrate the literary structure of your unique project. [39]

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