Young Authors Collective

What is YAC?

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. YAC members work with some of Lighthouse’s best faculty and have the opportunity to meet visiting authors. And YAC members attend Lighthouse’s literary events throughout the year. 

YAC meets at Lighthouse on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and has a maximum of 12 students. Tuition is $450 per semester; financial aid is available. Students may also be eligible for community service hours based on their attendance and the requirements of their high school. Participating in the YAC is a great way for teens to hone their craft, demonstrate leadership in the literary community, learn about the process of becoming published, and make new writer friends.

The Blog

The YAC experiments with writing on their very own blog, which they created in 2016.

Join the YAC

Apply for the 2020-21 year. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.

New for 2020! Virtual YAC

The Virtual Young Authors Collective, or YAC V, is a group of talented, word-obsessed high school writers from across the nation who are dedicated to experimenting with new creative forms and and writing a ton. We meet once a week through Zoom to generate new pieces, give friendly feedback, and work towards publication. And YAC V members attend Lighthouse’s virtual literary events throughout the year. YAC V will meet on Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM MDT.