Lit Fest Tuition and Fellowships

Tuition for the weeklong advanced workshops at Lit Fest includes an orientation on the Sunday evening before class starts, five workshop sessions, a one-on-one meeting with the instructor, and we'll have breakfast, coffee, and tea available for all participants. 

Tuition for the weekend advanced workshops includes two workshop sessions, and we'll have breakfast, coffee, and tea available for all participants. 

Weeklong Tuition: $850/members; $910/non-members 

Weekend Tuition: $495/members; $555/non-members

Application Fee: $30 (non-transferrable, non-refundable)

Payment Plans: We have many payment plans available to make Lit Fest advanced workshop tuition more manageable. We just ask that tuition is paid in full by the end of the workshop. Also, all of our visiting instructors will give free readings, and most will offer one-time craft seminars that qualify for tuition assistance. At this time, we're unable to offer tuition assistance for advanced weeklong or weekend workshops at Lit Fest (see information on fellowships below). 

Cancellation Policy: $150 of the total tuition acts as a non-refundable deposit. Of the remainder, any cancellation received more than one month before start date will receive a 50 percent refund. Less than one month before the start date, there is no refund available, and any balance due will still need to be paid in full. At that point, the instructor—and classmates—will have likely already read all of the submissions and prepared for the workshop as enrolled.

Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers 

The Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers covers the full cost of tuition for an advanced weeklong or weekend workshop. Lighthouse will be awarding four fellowships for Lit Fest 2019 to advanced writers of fiction or YA (1), poetry (1), dramatic writing (1)*, and creative nonfiction (1) who haven’t yet published a book-length work** and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a weeklong or weekend workshop.

Guidelines: All fellowship recipients will be responsible for their own airfare, accommodations, and transportation to and from Lit Fest.

A panel comprised of published writers and writing faculty will review each fellowship application, looking for talent, promise, and originality. The panel’s final decisions will also consider the applicant’s financial need. Please do not send letters of recommendation.

The deadline for fellowship applications is March 15, 2019. Applications will open on January 2. 

*The fellowship in dramatic writing is made possible by the generous donors who supported the Terry Dodd Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

**We define a "published, book-length work" as a novel, memoir, nonfiction book, or story/essay/poetry collection written by you and published by someone else in print, on the web, or as an e-book.


We launched the Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers in 2017. Read about the recipients and judges here.


Meet the judges for our Lit Fest Fellowships.


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