Young Writers

    The Young Writers Program at Lighthouse connects children and teens to literature, new friends, and a writing community. Our workshops, whether at Lighthouse or at one of our dozens of partnering sites, are taught by published and award-winning authors and are designed to foster creativity and self-expression and to empower youth to find their voices through creative writing.

    Upcoming Workshops


    We offer a variety of workshops, in all genres, on weekends, after school, and during school-closure days. In addition, we offer workshops for homeschool students and teens.

    Youth Outreach

    These ever-expanding offerings include youth outreach in libraries and museums, medical and residential treatment centers, neighborhood youth centers, and a variety of school models.

    Summer Camps

    Half-day, full-day, and extended day options are available for all age groups throughout the summer. Camps run June through August. Registration for half-day camps and applications for full-day camps will open February 15, 2022.

    Youth Authors Collective

    The Young Authors Collective, or YAC, is a group of talented, word-obsessed high school writers dedicated to experimenting with new creative forms, collaborating with other arts organizations, and writing a ton. We meet once a week at Lighthouse to generate new pieces, give friendly feedback, and work towards publication.

    Poetry Out Loud

    Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The aim is to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

    YWP Anthology

    The Lighthouse Young Writers Program publishes an annual anthology of students' writing, And We Created Worlds, from participants in community engagement and in-house programs. Copies are available for purchase at Lighthouse headquarters. See digital versions of the last four versions below.

    Remote Writing Cohort

    Applications for the winter/spring semester of RWC are open! Apply here Apply by January 17, 2022.

    Remote Writing Cohort (RWC) for Teens 14 -18 is a group of enthusiastic writers from around the globe who meet weekly via Zoom to write, build their storytelling skills, and connect with each other. RWC meets each Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Mountain Time via Zoom. Attendance each week is highly encouraged but is not required. The first meeting of winter/spring semester is January 19, 2022. You can find more detail about RWC HERE.

    *Remote Writing Cohort was called Virtual Young Authors Collective (YACV) for the school year 2020-21. Based on the experiences of and feedback from the inaugural YACV members, we restructured it to better reflect the unique needs of a Zoom-based writing group.

    Tuition is $520 per semester; full and partial financial aid is available. (Apply for RWC first, and you can request financial aid after you are accepted.)