Writing in Color Retreat

    The Third Annual Writing in Color Retreat is August 2–5, 2021, and will once again be virtual! Join us for days specifically designed to welcome, celebrate, and amplify the voices of writers of color. 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 a community of peers. Writers identifying as people of color are welcome to join the classes.

    Please note: There is not an application process for the 2021 Writing in Color Retreat. Registration is now open! Please email [email protected] with any questions, including if you have any questions about financial assistance.


    Instructors Serena Chopra, André O. Hoilette, Mathu Subramanian, and Manuel Aragon will lead four intensives focusing on hybrid forms, poetry, fiction, and short forms across fiction, stage, and film.

    Craft Classes

    We expect participants to join us from around the country and learn from a stellar lineup of instructors, including Franny Choi, José Olivarez, Raquel Salas Rivera, Julian Randall, Felicia Rose Chavez, and more.


    Join us for readings by this year's participants, a Costura Creative reading, and a faculty reading.


    Offered annually to a person who demonstrates a passion and skill for writing, a commitment to developing their writing skills, and a clear commitment to community service, the Writing In Color Fellowship for Emerging Writers is for writers who would benefit from a year's worth of involvement at Lighthouse but who would not be able to do so without financial support. Any writer of color living in the United States over the age of 21 writing in any genre who has not published a full-length manuscript is eligible to apply. Applications for 2021 are now closed. (financial assistance for the Retreat is still available)