Friday 500

Swing on by Lighthouse at 4:30 PM, grab some coffee and cookies, or crack open a beer, find your favorite perch, and fire out your 500 words. Then at 5:30 PM, keep on writing or gather for discussions on craft, conversations with guest authors, or spontaneous group writing and sharing.

The Friday 500 happens from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.

Upcoming dates:

  • April 14
  • April 28
  • May 12
  • May 26

This event is for current Lighthouse members, though guests are welcome to visit once before joining.

Upcoming Friday 500s:
Friday, April 14
Topic: ​TBD


Previous 500​'s:

From Shapes to Stakes
​March 24, 2017
How can you use the small details in your scenes to deepen character development, metaphor, and theme? During the second hour of Friday 500, we'll see how authors use simple shapes to create big stakes and then apply the technique to our own stories and poems. Before our discussion, we'll also learn a little bit about the proposed funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which helps support Lighthouse. We'll have stamped, addressed postcards on hand, in case you'd like to send a message about it to a Colorado legislator. [38]

March 10, 2017
What are some tactics to avoid reader fatigue? For example, at what point do we stop setting a scene and get into the story when crafting our paragraphs and stanzas? One sentence? One page? Join us at 4:30 for some open writing time, then at 5:30 for discussion and prompts about the art of timing. [35]

Between the Drafts
February 24, 2017
Kazuo Ishiguro says his greatest strength as a writer is the work he does between drafts. During the second hour of Friday 500, we'll discuss our best revision practices and use writing exercises to apply some new and useful ones. [40]

Form & Genre
February 10, 2017
Recent Writer's Studio guest Dana Spiotta, while giving a craft talk about structure said, "Form creates meaning." During the second hour of Friday 500, we'll use this quote as a jumping off point for a discussion about genre and form, and through writing exercises we'll take a closer look at the choices an author must make to either satisfy or subvert any given genre. [31]

Keeping It in Proportion
January 27, 2017
What separates good work from stellar work? In many cases, it comes down to perfecting proportions. An extra pinch of salt, the exact right octave, a dab more of cerulean. You get the idea. Proportions are essential in writing, too. Is your intro too long? Your ending rushed? Your middle uneven? During the second hour of Friday 500 this week, we'll talk about solving proportion problems in our poetry and prose. [49]

Civic-Minded Lit
January 13, 2017
Do your poems advocate for social change? Are your short stories filled with cause-driven characters? Do your essays examine issues like race, class, or gender? If so, how so? And if not, why not? During the second hour of this week's Friday 500, we'll use writing prompts and excerpts from Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric to inspire a discussion about civic-minded lit. [35]



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