Young Writers Program

Whether in-house or in-schools, Lighthouse's Young Writers Workshops are designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing.

For a complete list of upcoming workshops, please visit our Young Writers Schedule.  

4-Week After-School Workshops

Four consecutive Thursdays from 4 to 6pm, young writers in 5th through 8th grade convene to finish and workshop works-in-progress. Our after-school workshops allow young writers to build relationships with other writers, receive in-depth feedback on their writing, and develop complete drafts. After-school workshops are held in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Financial aid is available for those who need it. Please email to download our application.

Weekend Workshops 

We hold multi-genre workshops on an ongoing basis for any young writer with an idea. We focus on exercises to spark the imagination, reading masterful examples of strong writing, group collaboration, and revision. There are no grades or wrong answers--there is just the story. Please check our schedule for any upcoming workshops.

Outreach Program

We also send writers into schools to teach one-day intensives, after-school programs, and 6 to 8-week sessions, based on what each school needs. If you are interested in having Lighthouse instructors come to your school, please contact

Our Young Writers

Lighthouse accepts writers who are in 5th grade through Senior year of high school. Young writers are broken into three age groups for workshops: 5th and 6th graders, 7th and 8th graders, and high schoolers. We offer financial aid for any writer who needs it.

Workshops are limited to 15 students, which allows for plenty of individual attention and helps members feel comfortable exploring their own writing. Our hope is that students leave the workshop with more trust in their voice, confidence in their language, and happy anticipation about the stories they have yet to write.

Check out what some of our young writers have written by visiting our Young Writers blog.


Financial Aid Application
In order to apply for financial aid, download this PDF and mail, email, or fax the completed form to Meg Nix at