All the latest news, ideas, and opinions from Denver's Independent Literary Center: lighthousewriters.org
If you’ve met me, you know how much I love Lighthouse. And if you haven’t met me, I hope to meet you soon so I can tell you what a great place Lighthouse is. So I’m thrilled to let you know about the upcoming Open House and Faculty Reading. It’s this coming Saturday, January 5, 2013, from 5-9 pm at the Lighthouse Headquarters at 1515 Race Street in Denver (right off Colfax).
Why an Open House? you might ask (which I did). Well, we’re hoping that people who are curious about Lighthouse; who are new members and/or new to this whole Writers Workshop thing; who might not write but like to hang out with literary types; who are old members but maybe haven’t been showing up lately–we hope anyone, really, who wants to learn a bit more about what Lighthouse has to offer will come by for a casual evening of food, drink, and talk with some of our instructors and workshoppers about what Lighthouse is all about.
Hear that Old-Timers? That means you, too! How are the New People going to learn anything about Lighthouse if us Lifers don’t show up to tell them a thing or three? So come on by–you know where it is–and see how many new people you can meet and welcome to the Lighthouse community!
But is there, like, a plan? you might ask (which I did). Yes! From 5-6 pm, our very own Catherine Hope will lead a discussion called “Intro to the Writer’s Workshop,” so if you’re new to this writing life and are curious about how most writing classes are led (in some variation or another), please plan to come to Catherine’s talk. (And Lifers–your support and contributions would be most welcome here).
Then from 6-7 pm, we’ll all hang out while eating light snacks and drinking, um, drinks–sodas, beer, wine (I confirmed there will be Chardonnay, but I think I’m the only one who cares). During this time is when you, the New People, get to meet and ask questions of those of us standing around looking like we know something. But really, this is where you can find out more about Lighthouse’s history, mission, and programs, and you can talk to the faculty about what classes they teach and which classes might be a good fit for you. (I suggest the faculty wear little hats so we know who you are.)
The faculty reading will be from 7-8 pm. This is a rare opportunity to hear several of our faculty read together for our listening pleasure. Lighthouse hosts readings by members and workshoppers during the year, creating a wonderful group experience which brings us all together as writers and a community, but we don’t get the chance to hear from the faculty as often (unless you’re one of those lucky Grand Lake Retreaters, like I am, who gets to hear them read every year). At this, the Inaugural New Year’s Open House, we’ll get to listen to Doug Kurtz, Catherine Hope, Jenny Itell, and John Cotter read from their work. I can’t wait!
Post 8 pm will be a further chance to ask any last questions and to chat with all our new friends. Being at Lighthouse always gives me a boost of enthusiasm and inspiration to get back to my writing, and I’d love to share this with all of you who have not yet been indoctrinated in–I mean, introduced to–the innumerable ways Lighthouse Writers Workshop creates a supportive writing community.
Anyone want to join me in starting the 2013 writing year off with a dose of some of this magic? I’ll meet you at the front door!