Lighthouse Writers Workshop, founded in 1997 by two dedicated writers, emerged with a vision to provide a guiding light for individuals who shared a passion for writing. This initiative was sparked by a desire to foster a sense of community among writers, offering a space for collaboration, learning, and connection. The name "Lighthouse" was chosen to symbolize the safety, hope, and sense of homecoming it would bring to writers worldwide.
For over two decades, our organization has embarked on a journey of evolution and expansion, leaving an indelible mark across multiple locations in Denver. We've enriched our offerings, diversified our writers' community, and fostered the growth of countless literary talents. To date, we have proudly hosted 17 literary festivals, conducted numerous writing workshops, and mentored an array of instructors. Many of our writers have gone on to achieve remarkable success in the literary world.
Twenty years ago, we embarked on a mission to nurture the writers of tomorrow through our Young Writers Program. This program makes writing an enjoyable and empowering experience while building essential storytelling and writing skills. Workshops are tailor-made to match students' interests and include drop-in academic support sessions, summer camps, and writing groups, with a special focus on LGBTQIA+ teens and young people of color.
Lighthouse has been an unwavering supporter of the community, collaborating with other nonprofits and arts organizations for over two decades. Our community engagement programs leverage the transformative power of creative writing to combat stress, stigmatization, and isolation, especially among underrepresented members facing poverty, trauma, or illness. In 2018, we introduced Writing in Color and Queer Creatives, furthering our commitment to diversity and inclusivity. We aim to create a more representative and equitable writing community in Colorado through monthly mixers, workshops, fellowships, and retreats.
This year marks a significant milestone as we establish our permanent home in the vibrant Clayton neighborhood. This remarkable new chapter promises to foster an inclusive community while increasing the accessibility of the literary arts to individuals from across Colorado.