Upcoming Events

Drop-In Writing: The World Is Imagined—Stories of Fantastic Creatures & Places
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, September 27, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1
Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. With the help of a DAM instructor, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. September 27: This month we’ll break away from reality in Tableau and embark on journeys into strange and dreamy new lands, spending time with fantastical creatures, all in a quest to free our imaginations and create new fables of our own. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.

Write Denver: The Write Age (8-week session)
Friday, September 30 thru Friday, November 18, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Decker Branch Library, 1501 South Logan Street
Feel the urge to write? What are the life-memories you want to pass along? What are the fictional stories you’re burning to get down on paper? What are the poems inside of you seeking the light of day? Work with facilitators from Lighthouse to put your stories on the page. Open to all ages 50 and up; no previous writing experience necessary. Free! Program space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Write Denver: The Write Age (4-week session)
Friday, September 30 thru Friday, October 21, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Montclair Recreation Center, 729 Ulster Way
Feel the urge to write? What are the life-memories you want to pass along? What are the fictional stories you’re burning to get down on paper? What are the poems inside of you seeking the light of day? Work with facilitators from Lighthouse to put your stories on the page. Open to all ages 50 and up; no previous writing experience necessary. Free! Program space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Denver Minor Disturbance: Climate of Hope
Friday, September 30, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
With Americas Latino EcoFestival join us at Lighthouse for a night of poetry, film, art and more. Come support the community of earth protectors working to protect the mother of all. Climate of Hope is aiming to inspire communities through art and activation of people who desire to conserve this planet. In collaboration with Americas Latino EcoFestival we're hoping you'll come out for a night of entertainment and inspiration.
 
Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
@Athmar Park Library, 1055 S. Tejon St.
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

 

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 1, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
@Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

Freeman's Release Party
Saturday, October 1, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Following his craft talk, writer and editor John Freeman will join us for a release party for his biannual lit magazine, Freeman's. Lighthouse instructor and featured writer Amanda Rea will participate in a reading and Q&A.

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor, 1515 Race Street
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.

Hard Times Writing Workshop
[Collaboration with Denver Public Library]
Tuesday, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
@Central Library's Level 1 Book Club Room, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Telling our stories can often help us process our life experiences and find new paths. Led by Lighthouse instructor Jane Thatcher, these weekly workshops are for people experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Join us for a safe and supportive writing workshop that's free and open to all. Writing prompts, tools, and refreshments provided.

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Monday, October 3, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
@Corky Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St.
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
@Corky Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St.
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

Write Denver: Metro State’s Center for Visual Art "Creative Impulse"
Friday, October 7, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Metro State University of Denver, Center for the Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive
Feed your literary impulses by adding a poem or paragraph to Write Denver's interactive art sculptures, the poetrees. Give us a line or two about what stimulates your creativity, your thoughts of 'Cluster Feed,' or pithy description of the street theater going on outside CVA's windows. Help us grow a tree alive with words.

Willfully Submit
Saturday, October 8, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
@Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street
Lighthouse members who are story writers, essayists, poets—anyone who has work ready to send out to literary magazines—join us for one of four Willfully Submits each year. During this informal, two-hour session, we'll discuss how lit journals work, some methods for getting your work out there, and answer any questions you have about the process. Then, we'll submit our work! Bring your laptop, your finished pieces, and yourself; we'll provide donuts, fruit, coffee, and teaIt might not be the most fun way to spend a Saturday morning, but it's definitely the most caffeinated. Facilitated by Laura Miller, Lighthouse program coordinator and former co-editor-in-chief of the Sonora Review and managing editor of Fairy Tale Review, the session is intended to allow for plenty of time to send out those submissions, after a short talk, and update. Calisthenics optional.

Write Denver: LoDo Alleyways--A Collaboration with NINE dot ARTS
Saturday, October 8, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Meet @Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street
NINE dot ARTS and Write Denver invite you to participate in a free, generative workshop and public installation specifically for The Dairy Block, a redevelopment project from Sage Hospitality, McWhinney, and Grand American Inc. Anchored by The Maven, an independent boutique hotel, The Dairy Block is unlike anything else in LoDo. Lighthouse's Write Denver team will curate the writing created from this event which NINE dot ARTS will then turn into text-based visual art for permanent, outdoor installation in The Dairy Block's alleyway, slated to become a world-class shopping, dining, hospitality, and office destination. The artwork will be a part of the alley's large-scale art program that includes site-specific commissions by Denver artists Nikki Pike and Collin Parson as well as Boulder artist Jen Lewin. Write Denver will provide various writing prompts beginning at the LoDo Tattered Cover (please, meet us at the front entrance) and ending at City Stacks Books & Coffee. Participants will be inspired by The Dairy Block's storied history, its present rebirth, its future prominence, as well as the concept of the alleyway as urban frontier.

Lighthouse Presents: Assembly
Sunday, October 9
@Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street

Write Denver: 4th Americas Latino EcoFestival
Thursday, October 13 thru Saturday, October 15
@McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax
One of the main focuses of the 2016 Americas Latino EcoFestival is pollinators. Butterflies, birds, moths, bats, and bees are typically what comes to mind when thinking about pollination. But what if we thought of the translation of words and ideas across languages as also being a pollinating act? Could children then and writers, parents and artists, propagate poetry the same way bees cross-pollinate a field of roses by translating the words and sentences, thoughts and feelings, of other people? Join us at the McNichols Building and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where we’ll use our poetrees, interactive art sculptures provided by Write Denver, to find out! Create bi- and trilingual poems and stories by either writing on a leaf, adding it to a poetree’s branch, or translating someone else’s words onto a different leaf. Help us to anthologize a bio-diversity of language.

Friday 500: Ghost Stories Part 1
Friday, October 14, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Write Aurora: Gateway to the Rockies Art Show Tour
Sunday, October 16, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
Join a local artist for a tour of the Gateway to the Rockies art show, followed by a discussion and guided writing time with Aurora Poet Laureate Jovan Mays. [Workshops are free, but participants must register in advance through the City of Aurora. Call 303.326.8650 to reserve a spot. Registration closes at 8:00 AM the Friday before each workshop.]

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Sunday, October 16, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
@Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

Friday 500: Clyfford Still Museum Field Trip
Friday, October 21, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
@Hampden Branch Library, 9755 E. Girard Ave.
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

Alice Maxine Bowie Reading with Cynthia Wong
Saturday, October 22, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
The Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship sponsors a member of the Lighthouse writing community to a full year of literary support and involvement at Lighthouse. This fellowship was formed in honor of the great Alice Maxine Bowie, who believes everyone has a right to a meaningful education, that much of our most meaningful education comes from literature, and that the world benefits from hearing stories. The fellowship includes: Four 8-week workshops per year or master classes (one per year), as well as registration, lodging, and board for the Grand Lake Retreat or an all-access pass to the Lighthouse Lit Fest. Nonfiction writer, Cynthia Wong was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship. Join us to help celebrate Cynthia's project she has worked on over the course of the year at this open-to-the-public reading.

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Sunday, October 23, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
@James H. LaRue Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

Drop-In Writing: This Is the Modern World—The Shapes & Colors of Place
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, October 25, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1
Pick up a pencil and spark your creative interests in these informal writing sessions. With the help of a DAM instructor, try your hand at a new writing topic every month, while visiting various museum galleries. Join us as we explore writing about place using the tools we know best: color, shape, and texture. We’ll visit What It Meant to Be Modern as we consider not only how our sense of place is affected by such sensory information, but also how place often becomes a destination—and an emotional entity, too. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.

Writing the West @AMWA: Western Color Palette
[Collaboration with the American Museum of Western Art]
Wednesday, October 26, 2:30 to 4:30 PM
@American Museum of Western Art, 1727 Tremont Place
Experience the West through the written word. Whether you’ve visited before or it’s your first time here, the collection will reveal its stories and symbols through informal writing sessions with guides from Lighthouse Writers Workshop. This program is one in a series of writing sessions offered monthly, with different topics and ideas to explore each time. We hope the writers that attend (both experienced and novice) will be inspired by the American West presented in the Collection. Tickets are $5, and attendance is capped. Be sure and reserve your spot today.

Friday 500: Ghost Stories Part 2
Friday, October 28, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 29, 2:00 to 5:00 PM
@Schlessman Family Library, 100 Poplar St.

Write Aurora: Public Art Tour
Sunday, October 30, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
Explore a few of Aurora's public art pieces, followed by a discussion and guided writing time with Aurora Poet Laureate Jovan Mays. [Workshops are free, but participants must register in advance through the City of Aurora. Call 303.326.8650 to reserve a spot. Registration closes at 8:00 AM the Friday before each workshop.]

Hard Times Writing Workshop
[Collaboration with Denver Public Library]
Tuesday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
@Central Library's Level 1 Book Club Room, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Telling our stories can often help us process our life experiences and find new paths. Led by Lighthouse instructor Jane Thatcher, these weekly workshops are for people experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Join us for a safe and supportive writing workshop that's free and open to all. Writing prompts, tools, and refreshments provided.

Visiting Author Series: Free Reading, Reception, and Q&A with Margot Livesey
Friday, November 4, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
@Lighthouse, 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Following Margot's craft seminar, Hush, Shut Up, Please Be Quiet, join us for free reception, reading, and Q&A from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, drinks and light refreshments included.  Margot is the author of a collection of stories and seven novels. Her eighth novel, Mercury, will be published in September 2016. In July 2017, Tin House published her book about the craft of fiction, The Hidden Machinery.   

Write Aurora: Central Library Tour
Sunday, November 6, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Aurora Public Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Aurora's main library and then use literary classics for inspiration during guided writing time with Aurora Poet Laureate Jovan Mays. [Workshops are free, but participants must register in advance through the City of Aurora. Call 303.326.8650 to reserve a spot. Registration closes at 8:00 AM the Friday before each workshop.]

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor, 1515 Race Street
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.

Friday 500
Friday, November 11, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Lighthouse Presents: Assembly
Saturday, November 12, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Celebrate with us for a free night of readings and performances!

Free College Essay Writing Workshop
Sunday, November 13, 1:30 to 4:30 PM
@Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield
Applying for college? This free college essay writing workshop will help you transform your personal experience into an essay worthy of your top-choice school. 

Writing the West @AMWA: Working the Mine
[Collaboration with the American Museum of Western Art]
Wednesday, November 16, 2:30 to 4:30 PM
@American Museum of Western Art, 1727 Tremont Place
Experience the West through the written word. Whether you’ve visited before or it’s your first time here, the collection will reveal its stories and symbols through informal writing sessions with guides from Lighthouse Writers Workshop. This program is one in a series of writing sessions offered monthly, with different topics and ideas to explore each time. We hope the writers that attend (both experienced and novice) will be inspired by the American West presented in the Collection. Tickets are $5, and attendance is capped. Be sure and reserve your spot today.

Write Denver: Clyfford Still Museum 5th Anniversary Celebration
[Collaboration with the Clyfford Still Museum]
Friday, November 18, 2:00 to 3:00 PM
@Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street

Dana Spiotta & Jess Walter Book Talk
Saturday, November 19, 5:00 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse Grotto, 1515 Race Street
Join Lighthouse faculty member Alexander Lumans for a free community book talk on Dana Spiotta's Innocents and Others and Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins in preparation for their Writer’s Studio visit on December 3 and 4. Lumans will give a brief introduction to each author's life and work and then turn the floor over to discussion, focusing on each novel's character and structural decisions as well as where these authors' craft techniques overlap. This will be a fun and free-ranging conversation, open to the public, all Lighthouse members, and their guests. (Note: Dana and Jess will NOT be attending this free event, although they will be at Lighthouse's Writer's Studio weekend, December 3 and 4.)

Write Aurora: Porgy & Bess
Sunday, November 27, 1:30 to 5:30 PM
@Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Take in a free performance of Porgy & Bess and then meet in the library for some guided writing exercises. [Workshops are free, but participants must register in advance through the City of Aurora. Call 303.326.8650 to reserve a spot. Registration closes at 8:00 AM the Friday before each workshop.]

Drop-In Writing
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, November 29, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1

Inside the Writer's Studio with Dana Spiotta and Jess Walter
Saturday, December 3, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue - Lewis Sharp Auditorium
Tickets on sale October 3. 

Write Aurora: Centennial House Tour
Sunday, December 4, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Centennial House. 1671 Galena St., Aurora
Join Aurora Poet Laureate Jovan Mays for a tour of a historic Victorian, decorated for the holidays, followed by guided writing time. [Workshops are free, but participants must register in advance through the City of Aurora. Call 303.326.8650 to reserve a spot. Registration closes at 8:00 AM the Friday before each workshop.]

Monday Writing Hours
Monday, December 5, 12, 19, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor, 1515 Race Street
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.

Colorado Gives Day
Tuesday, December 6, All Day
@Everywhere
At Lighthouse we know that writers need solitude, but we also need readers, mentors, and friends. Sometimes we even need deadlines. Here is where your solitude is nurtured, prepared-for, recovered-from. Here is where books are written and discovered, where hazy ideas are brought into sharp focus. We welcome wallflowers and gadabouts, dreamers and doers, deep thinkers and big talkers. We may write in silence, but together we make a (downright inspiring) ruckus.

Hard Times Writing Workshop
[Collaboration with Denver Public Library]
Tuesday, December 6, 13, 20, 27, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
@Central Library's Level 1 Book Club Room, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Telling our stories can often help us process our life experiences and find new paths. Led by Lighthouse instructor Jane Thatcher, these weekly workshops are for people experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Join us for a safe and supportive writing workshop that's free and open to all. Writing prompts, tools, and refreshments provided.

Friday 500
Friday, December 9, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto, 1515 Race Street

Willfully Submit
Saturday, December 10, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
@Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street
Lighthouse members who are story writers, essayists, poets—anyone who has work ready to send out to literary magazines—join us for one of four Willfully Submits each year. During this informal, two-hour session, we'll discuss how lit journals work, some methods for getting your work out there, and answer any questions you have about the process. Then, we'll submit our work! Bring your laptop, your finished pieces, and yourself; we'll provide donuts, fruit, coffee, and teaIt might not be the most fun way to spend a Saturday morning, but it's definitely the most caffeinated. Facilitated by Laura Miller, Lighthouse program coordinator and former co-editor-in-chief of the Sonora Review and managing editor of Fairy Tale Review, the session is intended to allow for plenty of time to send out those submissions, after a short talk, and update. Calisthenics optional.

Holiday Party: Beacon Award + Volunteer Appreciation + Making the Mountain
Saturday, December 10, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
@Lighthouse 1st Floor and Grotto

Write Aurora: The Nutcracker Ballet
Sunday, December 11, 1:30 to 5:30 PM
@Aurora Central High School, 11700 E. 11th Place, Aurora
Attend a live performance of The Nutcracker by Aurora Dance Arts students and the Aurora Symphony. Afterwards, meet Aurora Poet Laureate Jovan Mays in the lobby for discussion and a guided writing exercise. [Workshops are free, but participants must register in advance through the City of Aurora. Call 303.326.8650 to reserve a spot. Registration closes at 8:00 AM the Friday before each workshop.]

Drop-In Writing
[Collaboration with the Denver Art Museum]
Tuesday, December 27, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
@Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue, Hamilton Building - Level 1

Writing the West @AMWA: Ranchers & Livestock
[Collaboration with the American Museum of Western Art]
Wednesday, January 18, 2:30 to 4:30 PM
@American Museum of Western Art, 1727 Tremont Place
Experience the West through the written word. Whether you’ve visited before or it’s your first time here, the collection will reveal its stories and symbols through informal writing sessions with guides from Lighthouse Writers Workshop. This program is one in a series of writing sessions offered monthly, with different topics and ideas to explore each time. We hope the writers that attend (both experienced and novice) will be inspired by the American West presented in the Collection. Tickets are $5, and attendance is capped. Be sure and reserve your spot today.

 

 

 

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