Lit Fest

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The Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s 16th annual Lit Fest was held online from June 4 to June 13; the festival was also held in person at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop headquarters in Denver as public health guidelines allowed. The festival featured weekend and weeklong workshops, craft seminars, salons, readings, business panels, and agent consultations for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The faculty included poets Carolyn Forché, Layli Long Soldier, and Gregory Pardlo; fiction writers Sheila Heti, Mat Johnson, Rebecca Makkai, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, and Bryan Washington; and nonfiction writers Steve Almond, Jaquira Díaz, Leslie Jamison, T Kira Madden, and Emily Rapp Black. Tuition was $985 ($925 for members) for a weeklong workshop, and $585 ($525 for members) for a weekend workshop. Financial aid was available and included four fellowships for emerging writers and a veterans writing award, all of which cover full workshop tuition. Lodging was available at nearby hotels and inns. Writers submitted an application and 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $30 application fee by the priority deadline of March 13; applications received after March 13 were considered on a rolling basis. Visit the website for more information.

Accessibility accommodations include public transportation near the venue, accessible doorways and pathways on the venue’s main floor, an accessible restroom, and reserved seating at some events. Contact Natalie Gonzalez, administrative assistant, at (303) 297-1185 or for additional accessibility information.


Contact Information

Lit Fest, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206. (303) 297-1185.