The Writer's Studio

About Inside the Writer's Studio

Lighthouse’s Writer's Studio brings the community together and enlivens the city’s cultural conversation. Renowned authors speak, read, and teach in both intimate settings and large theatre venues. We bring in highly distinguished writers, from New York Times bestselling authors to writers making their first, big splash. As a diverse group, the visiting authors are guaranteed to spark meaningful dialogue around important ideas.

Coming December 3-4, 2016:

Jess Walter and Dana Spiotta

Inside the Writer's Studio
December 3, 6:00 to 8:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)
@The Denver Art Museum's Lewis Sharp Auditorium

Starting a Novel (and Other Long Forms) with Dana Spiotta
December 4, 9:30 to 11:30 AM
@Lighthouse Writers (1515 Race Street)
We’ll look at a number of interesting novels and analyze how they begin: what they set in motion and what makes us want to read on. We’ll look in particular at the opening sentence and how it relates to the opening paragraphs and to the overall opening chapter/section. We’ll also discuss how it connects to the overall structure of the novel, as well as discuss different narrative decisions and their consequences. We’ll think about strategies and possibilities, and we’ll discuss how blindly or consciously we might proceed. Do we need to know where we are going when we begin? If not, what do we want to keep in mind? Opening chapters will be assigned for reading in advance of class. If you have a novel opening you’ve written, please bring the first page to the lecture.

Short Short Forms Lab with Jess Walter
December 4, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
@Lighthouse Writers (1515 Race Street)
Like science, the best way to learn is to simply do it. Put on your metaphoric lab coat and come for a hands-on experiment in writing. Bring a notebook or journal or laptop and we’ll create new work right in class. We’ll look at the short short form, what Charles Baxter calls “the quick turn of the wrist,” what Joyce Carol Oates likens to “ice melting on a stove," what Charles Johnson says “carries the wallop of haiku or koans” and is “strangely pure.” And then, with a prompt or two, we'll begin writing short short pieces, and possibly share a few, talk about where to publish them and how to open them into larger pieces or incorporate them into longer fiction.
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Past Writer's Studio Guests:

Michael Ondaatje
Heidi Julavits & Ben Marcus
Kazuo Ishiguro
George Saunders
Jennifer Egan
Mark Doty
Junot Diaz
Thomas Lux
Mary Karr
Lorrie Moore
Colson Whitehead
Mark Strand
Tobias Wolff
Francine Prose
Chris Offutt
Lee Gutkind
Pattiann Rogers
Mark Irwin

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