Grand Lake Retreat

Join Lighthouse Writers Workshop in the scenic mountain town of Grand Lake, Colorado, for a few days of writing, reading, and learning. Each day, you're invited to attend workshops and craft talks led by our experienced instructors. There's also plenty of time to explore the area, get outdoors, or just find a quiet spot and write. At night, participants gather for fireside readings and conversation. You're sure to leave with new ideas, new writing, and more than a few new friends. While the 2020 Grand Lake Retreat has been cancelled due to Covid-19, we're looking forward to the next retreat in July, 2021. 

2020 Grand Lake Brochure

Grand Lake Accommodations

Shadowcliff Lodge, our retreat site, borders Rocky Mountain National Park and the roaring North Inlet Stream. It’s perched on a cliff overlooking Grand Lake Village and the Colorado Great Lakes area. The food at the lodge is homemade and delicious, and the rooms all have spectacular views. There are a few single rooms available, but most participants share a room with one or two other writers (the rooms can sleep six comfortably). We also recommend the Rapids Lodge, just down the hill from Shadowcliff.

Queer Creatives/Writing in Color Retreat

The 2nd Annual Queer Creatives/Writing in Color Retreat is August 3 - 6, 2020, and has gone virtual! Join us for a retreat specifically designed to welcome, celebrate, and amplify voices of writers of color and writers from the LGBTQIA+ community. Whether working on a novel, memoir, short fiction, poetry, or hybrid/interdisciplinary forms, our experienced faculty and guest instructors will work closely with you to support your writing process. The workshops will focus on the creation of new works, connecting writers and their work to social movements and larger audiences, and amplifying narratives of often unheard and marginalized voices to build more equitable, just, and sustainable communities. Writers will have the opportunity to study and create with our faculty, guest instructors, and build relationships with a community of peers. Writers identifying as people of color or from the LGBTQIA+ are eligible for the classes.

Rekindle Retreat in Juneau, Alasaka

Join us for the inauguration of Lighthouse’s new traveling retreat, Rekindle. Our kickoff program will be in Juneau, Alaska, May 15 to 22, 2020. This generative retreat will feature a blend of ample writing time, local exploration, manuscript feedback from seasoned writers and teachers, and connection with other adventurous writers. You'll have access to optional outdoor adventures to feed your creativity and the time and space you'll need to write your masterpiece. Early-bird applications are due by January 25, 2020; all applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Rekindle Retreat Accommodations

We’ll be staying in the historic Baranof Hotel, close to the capital city’s coffee shops, restaurants, watering holes, library, beach, and hiking trails. The hotel is minutes from the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church and the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Spending a week amid a community of writers truly restored my spirit, imagination, and commitment to my creative work.
—Laura Bond