Lit Fest

    The 15th Annual Lit Fest
    June 5-19, 2020

    Join Lighthouse for a two-week celebration of literature and writing, as we welcome an all-new lineup of poets, novelists, memoirists, playwrights, and nonfiction writers for workshops, parties, seminars, salons, agent consultations, and more.

    Choose workshops and events a la carte or sign up for one of our festival passes for the full experience. Tickets and passes will go on sale spring 2020. Click here to browse last year's Lit Fest catalog to get a sense of the programming. 

    Visiting authors will be announced this winter. Our Lit Fest 2019 lineup included: Steve Almond, Julie Buntin, Christopher Castellani, Alexander Chee, Sloane Crosley, Rachel Cusk, Melissa Febos, Ross Gay, Gabe Habash, Sheila Heti, Amitava Kumar, Helen Macdonald, Donald Margulies, Mary Ruefle, Erika L. Sánchez, and Curtis Sittenfeld. 

    Fellowship judges for 2020 include Jericho Brown (Poetry), Daniel Goldfarb (Dramatic Writing), T Kira Madden (Nonfiction), Rebbeca Makkai (Fiction), and Brian Turner (Veterans). Applications for advanced workshops and fellowships will open in January of 2020.

    Visiting agents for Lit Fest 15 will be announced early 2020. Past visiting agents have included Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown), Marya Spence (Janklow & Nesbit), Amelia Atlas (ICM), Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency), Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative), Alexa Stark (Trident Media Group), Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary), Margaret Riley King (WME), Duvall Osteen (Aragi), Sally Wofford-Girand (Union), and Shana Kelly (Einstein). Lit Fest passholders have the option of meeting one-on-one with an agent during Lit Fest.

    Have questions? Visit our Lit Fest FAQs and hotel recommendations, or give us a call at 303.297.1185.


    Advanced Workshops

    Lit Fest features advanced weeklong and weekend courses taught by visiting authors of the highest caliber. Participation is by application only, and classes are limited to 10 (prose) or 12 (poetry) students each. Applications will open in January, 2020.

    Craft Seminars

    Lit Fest craft seminars give writers of all levels the chance to gain new insight into particular topics, techniques, or genres. Whether you’re interested in learning more about breaking into blogging, creating colorful characters, or perfecting that fight scene, we’ve got a class for you.

    Salons + Readings

    Stick around after class for our nighttime salons, which feature author panels on a variety of literary topics. Or stay to hear a free reading from Lit Fest participants and instructors, including our visiting authors.

    Agent Consultations

    Need publishing advice? Our Full-Access Business Pass gets you a one-on-one consultation with Lit Fest's visiting literary agents and editors.

    Weekend Intensives

    Want to learn more about a specific element of craft? Dive into the work of a certain writer? Lit Fest weekend intensives offer participants the chance to spend one or two weekends in focused study on a particular topic.

    Business Panels

    How do you submit to literary magazines? What’s the best way to find an agent? Our daily Brown-Bag Business Panels provide the advice you need to master the publishing side of writing. Bring a lunch and join us.


    Our Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers help defray the costs of a weeklong or weekend advanced workshop for writers with financial need. Applications will open in January, 2020.


    We have passes available for every type of festival goer, from the Glitterati Pass for evening events to full-access passes to seminars and panels. Passes for Lit Fest 15 will be available Spring, 2020.

    I’ve learned that Lighthouse thrives on rigor and quality, but never on exclusivity. As is true of how I feel about many things I’ve come to love in Denver, I both do and don’t hope that the rest of the country discovers the power of what exists here.
    —Carrie Esposito