Lit Fest 2022

    Lit Fest is Back (In Person)

    Do we hug? Shake hands? Fist bump? Our social skills may be a little rusty after two years of virtual Lit Fest, but we’re returning to an in-person celebration in Denver for the festival’s 17th year. 

    We’re also bringing a world-class roster of 16 visiting authors to town, including Jericho Brown, P. Carl, Victoria Chang, Dan Chaon, Percival Everett, Melissa Febos, Edward Hirsch, Vanessa Hua, Leslie Jamison, Nadia Owusu, Laura van den Berg, and Tiphanie Yanique. And of course, our talented faculty at Lighthouse, including R. Alan Brooks, Erika Krouse, Suzi Q. Smith, and Rachel Weaver will be on hand to teach more than a hundred craft seminars. Rounding out the Lit Fest experience: daily business panels featuring agents, writers, screenwriters, and authors; nightly readings and conversations with your favorite writers; and a pop-up bookstore, provided by our official partner MATTER, for all your book buying and book browsing needs.

    The Lit Fest tent has expanded over the last two years, so to all of our out-of-state and international friends: we’ll have plenty of virtual offerings too. No matter where you’re reading and writing, we can’t wait to celebrate Lit Fest 2022 with you this year.

    We'd like to thank Aevitas Creative Management and Trellis Literary Management for sponsoring a Full Access Business Pass for an underrepresented writer. 

    And a special thank you to Tres Birds Workshop for providing us with additional workshop space.

    Have questions? Visit our FAQ or email us at [email protected] or call us at 303.297.1185.

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    Cheat Sheet

    Looking for workshops or classes with spots left? Here's your go-to guide.

    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 worldbuilding convincingly, creating compelling characters, or perfecting your story's dialogue, we’ve got a class for you.

    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.

    Agent and Editor Consultations

    Need publishing advice? Our Full-Access Business Pass (which is included in the Gold, Weekend Gold, Bronze, and Penny Passes) gets you a one-on-one consultation with Lit Fest's visiting literary agents and editors. Visiting agents and editors for Lit Fest 2022 include Michelle Brower (Trellis Literary Management), Maggie Cooper (Aevitas Creative Management), Brenna English-Loeb (Transatlantic), Sarah Fuentes (Fletcher & Co.), Susan Golomb (Writers House), Alison Lewis (Frances Goldin Agency), Monica Odom (Odom Media Management), Katherine (Kat) Odom-Tomchin (Folio Literary Management), Larissa Melo Pienkowski (Jill Grinberg Literary Management), Rayhané Sanders (Massie & McQuilkin), Jade Wong-Baxter (Frances Goldin Agency), Angeline Rodriguez (Hachette Books). Alane Salierno Mason (W.W. Norton) will be available via small group pitch sessions only.

    Business Panels

    What's a "comp" title? How do you find an agent? How do you navigate first amendment issues when writing nonfiction? Our daily Business Panels provide the advice you need to master the publishing side of writing. Bring a lunch and join us.

    Evening Events

    Stick around after class for our evening events, which include nightly readings from Lit Fest faculty, participants, and visiting authors, as well as several dynamic events with music, conversations, and more. 


    Our Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers help defray the costs of a weeklong or weekend advanced workshop for writers with financial need. Applications closed on March 12.

    25th Anniversary Gala

    Lighthouse is celebrating our 25th anniversary with a gala at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on June 16th, 2022! Proceeds support Lighthouse’s tuition assistance and free community programs for under-resourced and marginalized adults and youth.

    Advanced Workshops

    Lit Fest 2022 features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and screenwriting. Visiting authors include: Steve Almond, Dean BakopoulosEmily Rapp Black, Jericho Brown, P. Carl, Victoria Chang, Dan Chaon, Percival Everett, Melissa Febos, Ed Hirsch, Vanessa Hua, Leslie Jamison, Sandra Newman, Alissa Nutting, Nadia Owusu, Laura van den Berg, and Tiphanie Yanique. Participation is by application only. The priority deadline was March 12, 2022 and all of the spots were offered to selected writers. Waitlisters can apply on our Submittable page and will be tapped if/when openings occur. 

    Festival Passes

    Lit Fest Gold Pass

    $1,450.00 / $1,550.00

    Weekend Gold Pass

    $1,090.00 / $1,190.00

    Bronze Pass

    $800.00 / $900.00

    Penny Pass

    $620.00 / $720.00

    Craft Seminar Five-Pack

    $285.00 / $345.00

    Business Passes

    Full-Access Business Pass

    $240.00 / $340.00

    Almost every single one of my classes was instructive and inspirational. Filled with tools and techniques, sensitivity and humor, and just packed with solid instruction. So worth the money! Just, wow.
    Camille Brightsmith, Lit Fest 2021 Participant