Upcoming Events

Friday 500: The Brutal Line
Friday, April 24, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
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.

Scribulator's Guild, a Nonfiction Salon
Friday, April 24, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
"The Scribulator's Guild," a top secret meet-up where local journalists talk shop and imbibe freely, is going public in a big way at Lighthouse! Hosted by Lighthouse faculty member Joel Warner, the program includes an in-depth interview with a guest writer or author about their craft, lots of writerly mingling, and of course free bottles of beer and cups of wine. Special guest for the first salon will be Scott Carney, a Boulder-based investigative journalist who has written for WIRED, Mother Jones, Foreign Policy, Playboy, and other national publications. His first book, The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers, won the 2012 Clarion Award for best nonfiction book, and his new book, Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment, has just hit bookstores. What's more, Scott has recently captured headlines for a series of provocative blog posts and interviews in which he argues the freelance-writing industry is dramatically unfair to writers. Come share a few drinks, compare notes, and learn about what it takes to make it in the nonfiction big leagues.

Willfully Submit
Saturday, April 25, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Lighthouse members who are story-writers, essayists, poets--anyone who has work ready to send out to literary magazines--join us for this session's Willfully Submit. It might not be the most fun way to spend a Saturday morning, but it's definitely the most caffeinated! Facilitated by Laura Miller, Lighthouse's Program Assistant and former co-editor-in-chief at the Sonora Review and managing editor of Fairy Tale Review, this session is intended to allow for plenty of time to send out those submissions. Bring your laptop, your finished pieces, and yourself; we'll provide donuts, fruit, coffee, and tea.

Art + Lit, a Discussion about Sylvia Plath and Giorgio De Chirico
[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Saturday, April 25, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Join Lighthouse and the Art Students League for this fifth discussion in a series of six about literature and art. This session features The Disquieting Muses, by Syliva Plath and The Disquieting Muses, by De Chirico. Poet and Lighthouse instructor Sara Michas-Martin, and guest artist Bruce Price from the League will be our guides into the historical context of these two pieces and their intersections. All are welcome, including those who have not read the lit or seen the art!
Cost: $10 per session

Writing Curtis Park
[Collaboration with Walk2Connect]
Sunday, April 26, 2:00 to 3:30 PM
@31st and Curtis Street (by the benches)
Welcome to our first exploration of the potent intersection between walking and narrative. We will engage in the rich history, landscape and changing neighborhood of Curtis Park through our feet, senses and creative minds. Specific walking and writing prompts will guide us to practice the art of witness and telling. What stories emerge from the sounds of the street, language overheard or written on a wall? How can we honor what we witness through the stories we tell? Yanara Friedland, trip host, German-American writer, translator and teacher, has walked along many border regions in Europe, in the Himalayas, and daily amongst the beautiful foothills of Boulder, where she currently lives. FREE to the public!

Drop-In Writing Sessions
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1
Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. With the help of Michael Henry, Lighthouse's Executive Director, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. Meet in the El Pomar Grand Atrium of the Hamilton Building, level 1. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. On Tuesday, April 28 we'll take a look at Quiet Contemplation -Using the evocative photography of Barbara Bosworth as a jumping off point, we'll try several writing exercises that embrace the contemplative mode inspired by the natural world. In the manner of writers like Thoreau, learn to not only describe what you see, but explore thoughts and ideas as they occur. Free with museum admission; no reservations required.

See & Say: A Symbiosis of Visual and Literary Art
[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Thursday, April 30 thru Saturday, June 6
Thursdays & Fridays, 1:00 to 6:00 PM; Saturdays, Noon to 4:00 PM
@Abecedarian Gallery, 910 Santa Fe Drive #101
A symbiotic connection is a cooperative relationship between two different people or groups that depend upon and mutually benefit each other. This exhibition transcends visual and literary art while select artists and writers collaborate.

The Annual Poker Party Fundraiser
Saturday, May 2
5:00 to 6:15 PM, dinner and drinks
6:30 PM, tournament
7:30 PM, break for chance drawings
10:00 PM, champion table
@Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street
The Poker Party is a don't-miss evening of fun, food, drink, poker, and prizes, which refills the coffers fro Writership, the tuition assistance program for youth and adult writers. Optional early event: since this is also Kentucky Derby Day, come to Lighthouse around 3:00 PM to sip mint juleps and watch the Derby from under the brim of your outstanding chapeau.

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Every Monday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Lighthouse members are invited to write and relax and be inspired by the good vibes at Lighthouse. Guests are welcome to come and write with us once before joining.

Artful Aging Symposium
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Thursday, May 7, 1:30 to 3:30 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1
To celebrate the work of Joan Miró, the DAM is presenting a one-day symposium about creativity and aging. Surround yourself with inspiration in the DAM galleries and tackle a new writing topic with the help of instructors from Lighthouse Writers Workshop. There will be a short lesson/group discussion, followed by self-directed writing time in the gallery. All experience levels welcome.

Friday 500
Friday, May 8, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Writer's Buzz: The Story of a Book, 6.0
Saturday, May 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
This is the sixth annual celebration of several Lighthouse members and faculty and their forthcoming books. We will hear the ins and outs of the process these authors enjoyed (or endured) in getting their manuscripts from crazy first idea and into actual print. Each panelist will read a short passage from her book and tell the story of how it all came about, followed by a Q&A with the audience, some modest celebrating, and book signing.
Authors:
Stacy Robinson, Surface
Rebecca Snow, Glassmusic
Cynthia Swanson, The Bookseller
Tiffany Quay Tyson, Three Rivers
Maura Weiler, Contrition

The Draft, a Reading Show, 26.0
Saturday, May 16, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
The Draft Reading Series celebrates the diverse and talented writing in our workshops that hovers around a given theme. They happen once per eight-week session--every winter, spring, late summer, and fall. Writers in workshops are drafted by instructors and sent to the front lines to read their work.
Draftees: TBD

Friday 500
Friday, May 22, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

FREE Workshops
[Collaboration with the Schlessman Branch Library]
Saturday, May 23 & 30, 1:30 to 3:30 PM
@Schlessman Branch Library, 100 Poplar Street
Join Lighthouse Writers Workshop's creative curator, Dan Manzanares as he leads two free writing workshops on Saturday, May 23 and Saturday, May 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, at the Schlessman Family Branch Library. Are you interested in starting a memoir, a novel, a short story, a personal essay, or even a collection of poetry? Then, these two classes are for you. We'll look at how to begin, how to endure, and how to finish strong in our pursuit of creative work. Also, Dan will have some fun writing exercises to try out along the way.

Drop-In Writing Sessions
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, May 26, 1:00 to 3:30 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1
Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. With the help of Michael Henry, Lighthouse's Executive Director, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. Meet in the El Pomar Grand Atrium of the Hamilton Building, level 1. All experience levels welcome, bring your own supplies or use one of our notebooks. On Tuesday, May 26 we'll take a look at Writing the Body -The human form has inspired artists for ages, and writers are no exception. More recently, science has given us new ways of considering the human form--as something to control, to fix, to heal. In this session, check out the new exhibition Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures, take a look at the rich literature of writing about the body--in fiction, poetry, and science, too--and practice close description. Free with museum admission; no reservations required.

World Literature Today
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Join us for a launch party—with drinks and hors d’oeuvres—to celebrate the release of “New Hebrew Writing: 15 Voices from Israel and Abroad,” the brilliant new May issue of World Literature Today magazine. Meet local guest editors Adam Rovner and Jessica Cohen as well as contributing writer Daniel Oz and WLT editor in chief Daniel Simon, and hear them read selected stories and poetry from the issue. Oz is an Israeli poet, musician, and cat enthusiast, currently living in New York City, who studied philosophy at Ben Gurion and Tel Aviv Universities. Stories from his collection of flash fiction Madu’a Lo Tiruni b’Drakhim (Further Up the Path), forthcoming from Keter Books this spring, are included in the new issue of WLT. Copies of the issue will be available for a special price (one night only).

Art + Lit, a Discussion about George Saunders and Performance Art
[Collaboration with the Art Students League of Denver]
Saturday, May 30, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Join Lighthouse and the Art Students League for this final discussion in a series of six about literature and art. This session features Tenth of December by George Saunders and performance art. Author and Lighthouse instructor Nick Arvin, and art expert Jessica Brunecky from the League will be our guides into the historical context of these pieces of lit and art and their intersections. All are welcome, including those you have not read the lit! Cost: $10 per session

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