Lit Fest 2023

    Lit Fest is Back (In Person)

    Lit Fest is an eight-day celebration of writers and readers, an extravaganza of weeklong and weekend advanced workshops, craft seminars, readings, salons, business panels, agent meetings, and parties. In 2023, Lit Fest will take place in Lighthouse's brand new, permanent building (with plenty of offerings for our virtual participants)!

    Choose workshops and events à la carte or sign up for one of our festival passes for the full experience. Click here to browse the 2022 catalog to get a sense of the programming.

    Visiting Authors for 2023 included fiction writers Steve Almond, Jonathan Escoffery, Sheila Heti, Katie Kitamura, Rebecca Makkai, Claire Messud, and Akhil Sharma; nonfiction writers Grace M. Cho, Andre Dubus III, Amitava Kumar, Leslie Jamison, Nadia Owusu, and Michelle Tea; and poets Forrest Gander, Carmen Giménez-Smith, and Patrica Smith; and novelist/screenwriter Dean Bakopoulos.

    Fellowship judges included Victoria Chang (Poetry), Vanessa Hua (Fiction), Mitali Jahagirdar (TV/screenwriting), and Leslie Jamison (Nonfiction). 

    Past visiting agents have included Anna Stein (Curtis Brown), Marya Spence (Janklow & Nesbit), Sarah Fuentes (Fletcher & Co.), Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency), Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative), Alexa Stark (Trident Media Group), Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary), Chris Parris-Lamb (Gernert), Duvall Osteen (Aragi), Sally Wofford-Girand (Union), and Tanusri Prasanna (DeFiore & Co.). Lit Fest passholders have the option of meeting one-on-one with an agent during Lit Fest.

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

    Lit Fest 2022 Supporters

    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