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January 26, 2016  

“The Scribulator’s Guild” is a celebration of narrative nonfiction hosted by Lighthouse faculty member Joel Warner. The program includes an in-depth interview with a guest writer or author about their craft, lots of writerly mingling, and of course free beer and wine. Special guest for this salon will be Helen Thorpe, the celebrated Denver journalist whose award-winning writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and 5280. Helen’s first book, Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, won the 2009 Colorado Book Award, and her second book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, was named 2014 nonfiction book of the year by TIME magazine. Helen will share how she crafts her intimate, detailed works of literary journalism.

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January 26, 2016  

Making the Mountain is a quarterly artist talk in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop. It's about how and why art gets made in Colorado. Presenters across genres tell the story of how they came to love their medium, explain their process, and show their work. Previous speakers have ranged from a tattoo artist to a poet, and have included Ryan Warner, the host of Colorado Matters, Morgan Levy, the photographer, and Kaitlin Skilken, chef at Vert Kitchen.

On November 6, 2015 the presenters were:

  • Stephanie Wolf, Ex-Ballerina/Radio Producer
  • Lui Ferreyra, Painter
  • Carl Sorensen, Drummer
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January 26, 2016  

The Draft Reading Series celebrates the diverse and talented writing in our workshops that hovers around a given theme. They happen once per eight-week session--every winter, spring, late summer, and fall.

Writers in workshops are drafted by instructors and sent to the front lines to read their work.

The theme of the Draft, 27.0 is “The Mystery, The Horror,” and the draftees are:

  • Kori Chubb, YA Novel
  • Mark Springer, Apocalyptic Lit
  • Celeste Colgan, Online Short Story
  • Sara Fardi, Boulder Advanced Fiction Workshop
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January 26, 2016  

There was a free reception and reading that followed Lidia Yuknavitch's seminar "Let the Pieces Fall Where They May.” Lidia was part of the Lighthouse’s Visiting Author Series, and she read that evening from her latest novel, The Small Backs of Children.

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January 26, 2016  

Following Eli Gottlieb's seminar "Mechanics & Gearings of Long-Form Narrative," there was a free reception and reading in the Lighthouse Grotto. Eli read from his latest novel, Best Boy, released on August 24, 2015. An audience Q&A wrapped up this wonderful evening with one of Lighthouse’s favorite instructors.

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October 15, 2015  

The Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship sponsors a member of the Lighthouse writing community to a full year of literary support and involvement at Lighthouse. This fellowship was formed in honor of the great Alice Maxine Bowie, who believes everyone has a right to a meaningful education, that much of our most meaningful education comes from literature, and that the world benefits from hearing stories.

The fellowship includes:
Four 8-week workshops per year or master classes (one per year), as well as registration, lodging, and board for the Grand Lake Retreat or an all-access pass to the Lighthouse Lit Fest.

Fiction writer, Tessa Cheek was the recipient of the 2014-2015 Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship. Tessa’s fellowship culminated with a public reading and celebration on August 1, 2015, during which she was properly feted and shared the fruits of the project she has worked on over the course of the year with an appreciative crowd in the Lighthouse Grotto.

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October 5, 2015  

The 2015 Lit Fest Author Reading Series features some of the amazing authors of the week-long juried intensives.

The second reading in the author series took place inside the Lit Fest tent under a sky full of lightning. Illuminating the audiences’ minds were authors Emily Rapp, Kim Addonizio, Mat Johnson, Meghan Daum, and Pamela Ribon.

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October 5, 2015  

The Literary salon has been a tradition at Lit Fest, featuring three or more speakers with varying perspectives on a theme, along with audience participation.

Two novelists and three screenwriters square off in this Fiction vs. Film Smack Down between opposing (or are they) cultural forces. They’ll talk about the strengths and shortcomings of each storytelling mode in an attempt to articulate which—in prose or cinema—is the superior narrative medium of our time. Featuring: Nick Arvin, Jenny Taylor-Whitehorn, David Wroblewski, Alexandre O. Philippe, and Pamela Ribon.

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October 5, 2015  

The Participant Readings are always a Lit Fest treat. This year is no different. Listen in on this third of three installations of the Lit Fest participants reading. A spectrum of work proceeds, showcasing the depth and variety of the Lighthouse community.

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October 5, 2015  

The Literary salon has been a tradition at Lit Fest, featuring three or more speakers with varying perspectives on a theme, along with audience participation.

Writers are notoriously terrible party guests. They sulk in the corner, don’t talk to anyone, and spend all their time ruminating on existential dread. What’s that all about? In this discussion, panelists Travis Heerman, Sarah Schantz, Emily Rapp, and Kim Addonizio, will explore just what is so attractive about dark material.

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