Young Writers Program

    Our Mission: 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

    At Lighthouse, we offer a variety of in-person and virtual creative writing workshops, in all genres, on weekends, after school, and during school-closure days, including the Young Authors Collective and Remote Writing Cohort for teens, summer camps, and more.

    Community Partnerships

    These ever-expanding offerings include writing classes, workshops, and clubs 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, 2023.

    Young 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. The first meeting of the fall semester is September 14, 2022. 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.) Applications for the 2022/23 session of YAC are now closed. Space permitting, applications for the winter/spring semester will open in November.

    Remote Writing Cohort

    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 the fall semester is September 15, 2022. 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.)Applications for the 2022/23 session of RWC are now closed. Space permitting, applications for the winter/spring semester will open in November. 

    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.

    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.

    Field Trips to Lighthouse

    Interested in coming to Lighthouse with your students? We can customize workshops to fit individual classroom or program goals and needs. We provide hour-long presentations, one-day or week-long intensives, after-school programs, multi-week sessions, or more long-term workshops culminating in public readings or published anthologies (or both) depending on the needs of the school or program and its young writers.