Work at Lighthouse

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is the largest nonprofit literary center in Colorado and the Mountain West, offering more than 200 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in community settings and online. In addition to workshops, Lighthouse supports the literary community through fellowships, writerships, writing studios, regular readings, youth outreach, the Book Project, The Writer's Studio visiting author series, Lit Fest, and a wealth of other resources and events on craft and the writer's life. 

A Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts Award winner, Lighthouse Writers Workshop is renowned for the excellence of its programming and its service to the arts community in Denver. Lighthouse staff members enjoy an eclectic work environment, a flexible work schedule, health and vacation benefits, and the company of supportive and artistic colleagues. 


Faculty Applications

Though we are not currently seeking new instructors, we welcome you to fill out this web form. We also recommend attending events, introducing yourself to our staff, and generally familiarizing yourself with Lighthouse's programs, so we know who you are when a position becomes available. 


Current Openings

We're hiring an Operations Manager. Details here. Applications accepted until February 14, 2020.


Summer 2020 Internships

Lit Fest Intern

Lit Fest is our two-week celebration of the literary arts. Interns support the Lighthouse staff and volunteers in making Lit Fest fun, productive, and accessible to our community and can expect to gain experience in event coordination and management, conference logistics, and access to a thriving, international literary community. Lit Fest shifts includes House Shifts from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 12:30 to 6:00 PM, Tent Shifts from 5:00 to 10:00 PM, and various agent meeting shifts. Interns should be available to work at least 10 hours per week from June 5 through June 19 and preference will be given to interns who can work additional hours in from May 26 through June 4. Orientation is Thursday, May 21, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.

Projects may include:
Preparing, editing, and displaying signage
Auditing technology
Assisting in pre-Lit Fest communications
Creating passes
Assembling welcome packets
Setting up and storing food/catering for events
Checking that classrooms are clean, stocked, and set up with A/V
Facilitating agent meetings
Checking in participants
Data entry
Welcoming new members and providing house tours
Answering phone calls (with supervision)
Participating in workshops or panels as needed

Young Writers Camp Intern

Throughout the summer, Lighthouse holds full and half-day camps for young writers grades three through 12. Interns support the Young Writers Program Director and Young Writers instructors in making camps fun, inspiring, and productive. Summer camp interns can expect to gain experience in program management and implantation, teaching and fostering creatively in youth, and general nonprofit operations. Interns should be available for at least 10 hours a week the weeks of from June 22 through August 7 (excluding the week of July 4) for either morning (8:30 AM to 1:00 PM) or afternoon shifts (12:30 to 5:00 PM).

Summer Camp Intern tasks may include:
Assisting teachers in the classroom
Checking students in an out
Assembling handouts
Distributing and tabulating evaluations
Compiling and editing student work
Creating camp reading programs
Working with young writers in small groups
Supervising young writers during lunch and breaks

Experience and Education:

Lighthouse is looking for college interns who are passionate about the literary arts and seeking experience in the nonprofit world. Candidates should be self-motivated, willing to ask for help and direction when needed, and able to answer questions for a diverse group of people. A sense of curiosity is a must; interns should be quick learners and excited writers.


Lighthouse interns gain invaluable experience in the day-to-day operations of a large arts nonprofit. Additionally, our internships provide the opportunity to meet and learn from successful writers, to sit in on classes and lectures, and to get to know Denver's literary community. Internships are unpaid, but we’ll work with your college to arrange credit, if available.  

Application Process:

Intern applications close March 23. Applicants will be notified by April 3.

Apply here

Inclusivity Statement

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are heard. To that end, we uphold a commitment to a diverse community by nurturing an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment.