Twenty years on, Lighthouse Writers is shining a bright light on literary arts in Denver

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 09:30:18 AM. Lighthouse Writers started as a writing workshop 20 years ago but has grown into a literary powerhouse in the city.
Imagine sitting, pen poised, in the attic of a Victorian home on the liminal line between the raucousness of East Colfax and the relative pastoral peace of shady Race Street as it stretches north. Books seem more plentiful than air here on the third story, and the teacher of this workshop has offered a prompt to help the writers develop a backstory for their characters: Where were they 20 years ago? In the case of Andrea Dupree and Michael Henry, that slice of backstory looks like this: The young couple, fresh out of their graduate writing program and eager to launch the workshop they’d started in Boston in a new city, had just moved to Denver. They found a downtown loft with high ceilings, across from a bus depot, and, fortunately, a handful of people who were willing to pay for a writing workshop — the first sprout of a literary forest they’d unfold at the heart of the city. In the past 20 years, Lighthouse — which occupies the Milheim House on Race Street, where classes sometimes meet in the attic full of books — has grown from that small workshop into a literary powerhouse. Lighthouse puts on a writing festival every summer, runs a two-year bookwriting workshop with bestselling authors as mentors and draws notable authors from around the globe for public talks and craft discussions. It’s a continuing fulfillment of goal they set in the early aughts, Henry said, right around the time when they decided to become a nonprofit. “Are we just going to be a school, a collection...Read more
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