Community Engagement

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is the largest literary arts center in the Rocky Mountain West. Our mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education, support, and community for writers and readers in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. To achieve that mission, we’ve offered free, collaborative, community engagement programs throughout Colorado for more than 20 years, getting people writing and helping them share those stories in surprising, joyful ways.

Lighthouse’s engagement philosophy is perhaps best summed up by the author Richard Rhodes, who says that “writing is a form of making, and making humanizes the world.” We believe that writing is one of the most valuable and vibrant forms of making—because its sole material is language, our most common means to connect with one another.

Hard Times Writing Workshop

Poverty, addiction, homelessness, and other hard situations shape who we are and the stories we tell. At Hard Times we learn how to put those experiences into words. Sharing is optional, and a seasoned instructor guides participants through prompts and edits to hone their craft. Workshops currently take place at the Central Library (DPL), Arvada (JCPL), and Edgewater (JCPL).

Writing to be Free

Writing provides positive motivation in whatever form—poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. During these informal workshops for people transitioning out of incarceration, professional writers guide you in giving voice to your story.

Writing with Cancer Support Group

This workshop is geared for those diagnosed with cancer and for caregivers. We focus on generating new creative writing, while discussing the basics of craft, elements of story, and language, as well as the value of a writing practice. Participants are encouraged to write often and freely on any subject they choose, to rely on the belief that creative expression is a powerful way to help one deal with the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis, and to connect with others in the group.

Unlocked Poetry

Unlocked Poetry is a monthly writing workshop and sharing circle where we read poetry, talk about poetry, write poetry, and share poetry in a supportive and encouraging manner. Unlocked Poetry encourages self-expression and excitement about writing, even if you’ve never written poetry.

Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab (CORAL)

CORAL is one of a handful of research labs supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. We encourage healthcare providers to find a creative outlet and establish a sense of community through the arts. By creating a more engaged workforce, we can support healthcare professionals in their efforts to improve patient outcomes, enhance patient and family satisfaction, and reduce healthcare costs.

Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community

This Writer-in-Residence Program unites the Lighthouse mission of providing the highest caliber of artistic education, support, and community for writers and readers in the Rocky Mountain Region with the overall mission of the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential community: to help participants explore personal histories and provide a forum for practicing creative exploration, and to discuss behavior, addictions, and recovery.

Write Denver

Write Denver is an award-winning community outreach program whose mission is to get people in the city writing and then building an audience for those writings through public art installations.