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Kudos, Q4 2018: News and Accolades from the Lighthouse Community

February 06, 2019

It's kudos time! This is our quarterly opportunity to celebrate the latest publication and award news from our members...
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Reading Ruth Rendell: Reflecting on Genre in the Short Story Form

January 22, 2019

By Jennifer Itell Editor's Note: Jennifer is teaching a Misdirection in Fiction workshop at Lighthouse North in...
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500 Days of Writing

January 10, 2019

By Maria Gabriela Guevara I used to be one of those writers that waited for inspiration to strike. I am a romantic and...
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Hollywood Wants Your Book

May 29, 2018

Hollywood wants published books and short stories for the same reason book editors want agented material—curation.

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Let’s Talk About Sex…

May 25, 2018

Like action and dialogue, writing sex scenes can be extremely intimidating.

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Steve Almond Talks 'Bad Stories'

May 24, 2018

The results of the 2016 presidential election elicited a lot of different reactions: surprise, anger, the need to cry

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The Many Voices of Displacement

May 22, 2018

Our world currently faces the highest numbers of displacement in its history, even higher than immediately after Worl

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Four Questions for Ben Loory

May 21, 2018

By Andre Gianfrancesco

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Summer Camp is For Girls

May 17, 2018

By Louis Miller

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Whose History Is It, Anyway?

May 16, 2018

“History is so subjective. The teller of it determines it.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Our Dangerous Future

May 15, 2018

Editor's Note: Conundrum Press is re-releasing Lighthouse instructor Nick Arvin's story collection, 

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Plot Structure and the Myth of the Natural Writer (Also, Ducks)

May 11, 2018

After I decided to write my first-ever novel, I fell prey to what I call the Myth of the Natural Writer.

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In Search of a Voice and Vision: Questions for William Haywood Henderson

May 10, 2018

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to read a William Haywood Henderson novel, you’ve been treated to the fresh green

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Making the Leap to Scrivener 3.0

May 09, 2018

If you’re a writer who uses Scrivener, then you probably know the software is due for an upgrade.

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Thank YA For Being A Friend

May 08, 2018

There seems to be a prevalent feeling that young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) literature is in some way less than

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What is Emotional Chronology?

May 02, 2018

That’s a pretty great painting of a kingfisher, isn’t it? What? You don’t agree?

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A Screenwriter’s Guide to Lit Fest 2018

May 01, 2018

Screenwriter: Does Lit Fest offer classes for screenwriters? Or playwrights?

Lighthouse:  Of course!

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A YA Writer’s Guide to Lit Fest 2018

May 01, 2018

Lit Fest has YA offerings? You bet your Katniss we do!    

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A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide to Lit Fest 2018

May 01, 2018

As a nonfiction writer, you like to stick to the facts.

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A Poet’s Guide to Lit Fest 2018

May 01, 2018

You’re a poet and you know it. So how do you figure out which classes to take at Lit Fest? We’ve got you covered.

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A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Lit Fest 2018

May 01, 2018

Be honest: You like making stuff up.

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Three Questions for CAConrad

April 26, 2018

By Andre Gianfrancesco

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Because I Don’t Know Any Weak Women

April 24, 2018

At home, I have a book of fairy tales as reimagined by Ellen Douglas.

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Diversity and Discovery: The Arvada Hard Times Writing Workshop

April 20, 2018

By Patricialyn Veal

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I Found a Tribe

April 13, 2018

By Michael Fischer

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The Truth About False Names

April 10, 2018

When I teach nonfiction classes, I arrive with a list of essays to read and craft points to discuss.

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Writing the Extreme

April 03, 2018

At a book group I visited recently, someone asked if there was anything I was afraid to write about.