Lit Fest Tuition and Fellowships

Tuition for the weeklong advanced workshops at Lit Fest includes an orientation 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 (finanical aid available upon request)

Weekend Tuition: $525/members; $585/non-members (financial aid available upon request)

Payment Plans: We have many payment plans available to make Lit Fest advanced workshop tuition more manageable. 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). 

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Lit Fest Fellowships

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 has awarded four fellowships for Lit Fest 2020 to advanced writers of fiction (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.

Veterans Writing Award

This award covers the cost of tuition for 1-3 combat veterans to attend an advanced weeklong or weekend workshop at Lit Fest. Thanks to a grant from Prevent & Prevail, we're also able to offer a travel stipend of up to $1,000 for weeklong courses. All too often, military service is a traumatic experience that vets must endure by themselves. By writing and sharing their stories, we hope veterans gain power over their experiences and readers gain a new, fuller understanding of those stories.

Guidelines: Emerging Writer Fellowship recipients will be responsible for their own airfare, accommodations, and transportation to and from Lit Fest. (See exception above: The Veterans Writing Award includes a travel stipend of up to $1,000 to help with the cost of accommodations and traveling 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 14, 2020. 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. 


Applications open on January 2, and the priority deadline is March 14. Applications received after March 14 will be accepted on a rolling basis, space permitting. Fellowship applicants will be asked additional questions on the application form.

Previous Fellows

We launched the Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers in 2017, and the Veteran Writers Award in 2018. Read about the recipients and judges here.


Meet the judges for our Lit Fest Fellowships.


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