The Writer's Studio

Throughout the year, Lighthouse brings acclaimed and up-and-coming writers to Denver for craft sessions, on-stage conversations, readings, Q&As, and other events. Books by the authors are available at all events, courtesy of the Tattered Cover.

Our next Writer's Studio guests are Michelle Tea and Esmé Weijun Wang. Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs: The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Valencia (now a film), The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl, and How to Grow Up. She is also the author of the novels Mermaid in Chelsea Creek and Girl at the Bottom of the Sea, part of a YA fantasy trilogy published by McSweeney's. Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias (2019), and the novel The Border of Paradise, for which Wang was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017. Wang won the Whiting Award in 2018.

On Friday, August 9, both authors will read from their award-winning works, discuss their artistic processes, and answer audience questions live on-stage. On Saturday, August 10, both authors will lead individual craft talks.

Tickets to all events are on sale now!

Inside The Writer's Studio with Esmé Weijun Wang and Michelle Tea (August 9, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at a venue TBA):
Non-Members: $20
Members: $10
Students, Veterans, Teachers, and Seniors: $5

"Indexing as Creative Discovery" craft talk with Esmé Weijun Wang (August 10, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Lighthouse):
Non-Members: $75
Members: $65

"For and Against Memoir-Pitfalls and Rewards" craft talk with Michelle Tea  (August 10, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Lighthouse):
Non-Members: $75
Members: $65

All-Access Passes to Inside The Writer's Studio, "Indexing as Creative Discovey" craft talk with Esmé Weijun Wang, and "For and Against Memoir-Pitfalls and Rewards" craft talk with Michelle Tea:
Non-Members: $160
Members: $130
VIP: $500

Past Writer's Studio guests have included:

2018: Adam Johnson

December 7-8, 2018 @ Denver Art Museum

2018: Carmen Maria Machado

July 28-29, 2018 @ Holiday Theater at Highlands Church

2017: Claudia Rankine

November 15-16, 2017 @ Boettcher Concert Hall

2017: Etgar Keret

May 6-7, 2017 @ Mizel Arts and Cultural Center

2017: Elif Batuman and Aleksandar Hemon

March 25-26, 2017 @ Tivoli Center

2016: Dana Spiotta and Jess Walter

December 3-4, 2016 @ Denver Art Museum

2016: Michael Ondaatje

March 19-20, 2016 @ East High School

2015: Heidi Julavits and Ben Marcus

October 3, 2015 @ Denver Art Museum

2015: Kazuo Ishiguro

March 27-28, 2015 @ King Center

2014: George Saunders

September 20-21, 2014 @ Mizel Arts and Cultural Center

2013: Jennifer Egan

October 24-25, 2013 @ L2 Arts and Culture Center

2013: Mark Doty

May 19-20, 2013 @ American Mountaineering Center

2012: Junot Diaz

November 10-11, 2012 @ Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

2011: Mary Karr

October 22-23, 2011 @ L2 Arts Theater

2010: Colson Whitehead

October 23-34, 2010 @ DCPA Jones Theatre

2009: Lorrie Moore

October 24-25, 2009 @ L2 Arts Theater