The Book Project

    What's the Book Project?

    Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Book Project is an intensive, two-year program aimed at giving writers of book-length manuscripts the classes, advice, and moral support they need to draft, revise, and—most importantly—finish. Whether you're working on a novel, memoir, short story collection, or narrative nonfiction title, our program mentors (all of whom are published authors) will work closely with you to chart a path through your project. Intensives, retreats, and classes with fellow Book Project participants give you a supportive, encouraging community to thrive in. And our in-house publishing expert provides the advice you need to take your completed book to market. You'll emerge with a manuscript you can be proud of and a support team ready to help you take the next steps.

    Why Did We Create It?

    Workshops can help us improve a short story, poem, or novel chapter, but it's difficult to get the consistent feedback (as well as the advice, encouragement, hand-holding) we need to make it through a book-length work. This customized program helps book writers develop and stick to a schedule, a time frame, and a set of aesthetic goals. Our program pairs each writer with a mentor to provide advice and feedback as well as a community of writers to inspire and hold each other accountable.

    Why Choose It?

    The Book Project is affordable, at just a fraction of the cost of an MFA degree, yet every bit as rigorous as the best creative writing programs. It's a personalized course of study and a proven way to break through the mire of drafts that never seem to get finished. And remote study is available; you can participate in Book Project even if you don't live in the Denver area.

    Info Sessions

    Wondering if the Book Project is right for you? Our informal info sessions are your opportunity to ask questions, meet mentors, and figure out if you're ready to take the leap. Lighthouse staff, Book Project mentors, and past and present participants will be available to share details and answer questions.

    Mentors

    Our mentors are working, award-winning writers William Haywood Henderson (head of program), Erika Krouse, Benjamin Whitmer, and Eleanor Brown—all highly skilled teachers with years of experience nurturing creative writers. Our resident publishing expert, Shana Kelly, will guide you through the process of finding an agent, sending out queries, and handling the business side of book writing.

    Tuition

    $6,300 per year—which includes all courses, retreats (food and lodging up to participants), mentor meetings, agent meetings, and two full manuscript reads—for two years. ($525/month or $545/month for Writerspace membership.) At this time, we do not have tuition assistance for the Book Project, but we're hoping to offer it in future years. Stay tuned!

    Apply Now

    Applications for the 2017-2019 Book Project are now open! Please apply by midnight MST on June 20.

    I learned that ordinary people like me can do this, even people with little kids who get sick all the time. Before I started the Book Project, I was adamant that I would never write a book. What did I have to say? I finished my manuscript in early May. I have an idea for a second book."
    —Shawna Hickman Ervin