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 January 1, 2020.

    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

    Young writers in grades 3-12 who've taken a Lighthouse workshop (either in-house, online, or off-site) from September 2019 through August 2020 are welcome to submit up to three typed, double-spaced pages of creative writing for our annual anthology, And We Created Worlds. Work must have been written or started in a Lighthouse workshop between September 2019 and August 2020.