Lighthouse Writers Workshop

At Lighthouse, people of all ages and backgrounds learn to embrace their creativity and tell their story. Whether directed to youth, under-represented and marginalized voices, or emerging writers, your gift helps write the story of an empathetic, empowered, and diverse community.

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General Information

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Lighthouse Writers Workshop Inc​​​​​​​
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1515 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206
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Lighthouse North
357 S. McCaslin Boulevard, Suite #200
Louisville, CO 80027
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Mission Statement

The mission of Lighthouse Writers Workshop is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education, support, and community for writers and readers in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. We strive to ensure that literature maintains its proper prominence in the culture, and that individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings.

Organization History

In 1997, Michael J Henry and Andrea Dupree founded Lighthouse with the a vision of teaching creative writing to anyone who wished to find their voice or explore their craft. The idea was simple: to make writing classes accessible through affordable tuition and an open door policy. The idea caught on, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop grew with each session as word of the program spread. New instructors came on board and the offerings expanded to include screenwriting and nonfiction.

In 2005, the non-profit leanings of Lighthouse became official when the organization was recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, with a mission of educating and supporting individual writers and building a community and audience for the literary arts. Lighthouse to expanded public programs, bringing literary talks and readings to the community, reaching readers and cultural enthusiasts as well as writers.

In 2002, we began cultivating the writers of tomorrow, establishing youth workshops and a summer camp, both of which offer low-cost workshops and tuition remission to students who need it. The youth program expanded in 2007 to include outreach teaching in under-served public schools.

Recent program growth has been focused on Community Engagement Programs
where underrepresented writers find a safe space to write and share, including writers of color and LGBTQIA+ writers. In addition, these programs include workshops for people experiencing homelessness and/or poverty, people who are incarcerated or transitioning out of incarceration, people living with cancer and their caregivers, and veterans.

We were honored to receive the 2008 Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, recognizing the impact of writing programming in the lives of the citizens of Denver and Colorado, and in 2016 the Art Tank Award for Innovation in the Arts.


Lighthouse is amazing: a forward-thinking and energetic organization that has caused a truly useful, fluid, and formidable literary community to form around it. Denver should be proud. I was genuinely inspired, seeing so many talented and articulate people coming together to support this art we all love, each enabled to seek out just what he or she needed in their artistic journey. Lighthouse makes me hopeful about the future of the arts in America. -George Saunders

"[Lighthouse has] created a beautiful community and all I can think, back here in my studio in Brooklyn, is how lucky Denver is to have you." -Mary Morris

"I've participated in workshops in New York, Denver, and at national conferences and have yet to experience the level of quality, craft, and collaboration routinely offered by Lighthouse Writers Workshops right here in Denver."
-John C

"Thanks to Lighthouse, aspiring writers have a safe yet daring place to explore our art, and our hearts, minds, and souls. Being part of the workshops is for me like coming up for air after staying under water just a little too long. Thank you for your work and for all the energy and love you put into it."
-Dee C

Youth Testimonials:

"I love writing! Lighthouse is one of the places I can go and have fun, friendship, and passion."
--Marin, 13

"The most important thing I learned was to not be afraid to express yourself."
-Claire, 14

"I write better here than I do at school because I know it isn't going to be graded. I love writing and Lighthouse covers more subjects in a few days than school does in a year."
-Aubin, 10

"Every time I take a workshop at Lighthouse, the quality of my writing (if not my handwriting) takes a huge leap forward."
-Justin, 16

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