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Chris @ Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver

Chris has served since 2005 as a faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver's independent literary center, where he was recognized with the Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. He teaches courses throughout the year, including workshops, craft seminars, and other offerings in conjunction with LitFest, the annual two-week literary festival in Denver. Chris served as the inaugural Poetry Mentor for the Lighthouse Book Project, a two-year low-residency program that provides poets intensive study and workshops through which they develop working manuscripts for submission to contests or publishers, or simply to take the writing to the next level. Admission to the Project is open to the public; for information, visit Lighthouse Writers Workshop.


Reading at 2012 Grand Lake Retreat. Photo by Catherine Hope

Reading at 2012 Grand Lake Retreat. Photo by Catherine Hope

Grand Lake Retreat

Each July, 35-40 participants join select Lighthouse faculty in Grand Lake, Colorado, near the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, for a week-long writers retreat. Chris has been a presenter at the retreat each summer since 2007. Shadowcliff Lodge provides rustic lodging and meals as part of the package that gives working writers access to multiple daily workshops, seminars, book talks, and readings by participants and faculty. It also offers them the chance to talk deeply with fellow creatives, along with time to relax and explore the remarkable setting high in the Rockies. For more information or to reserve a place for next year's retreat, visit Lighthouse Writers Workshop


Seminars & Presentations

For more than 30 years, Chris Ransick has offered dynamic presentations and workshops for writers groups, book clubs, professional organizations, educators, and others. A complete list is available upon request, along with a fee schedule for keynote talks, 90-minute sessions, and full-day workshops, as well as weekend or week-long retreats. Recent presentations include:

  • The Sophisticated Body: Embedded Cognition for Writers
  • Reading as a Writer: The Poetry of Jack Gilbert
  • The Polishing Wheel
  • The Next Voice You Hear: A Voice Shifting Workshop
  • Flash Forms: Sudden Fiction and Poetry
  • Building a Bliss Station: A Creativity Workshop
  • Ostranenie: Making the Familiar Strange
  • Journal Mining
  • Epicure's Garden: Becoming a Sensuist
  • Nothing Happens Nowhere: A Workshop on Setting
  • Imagination as Guest
  • Humor, Wit, & Challenge
  • Measuring Voice
  • Dirt & Ink: Thoughts on Kunitz and The Wild Braid
  • PoemBoy vs. The Media Gorgon

Recent Activities

  • Denver Poet Laureate 2006-2010
  • Colorado Humanities Board of Directors 
  • Grand Lake Retreat 2007-2016; Lighthouse Writers Workshop
  • Lighthouse Book Project; Poetry Mentor
  • Poetry Master Class at Lighthouse Writers Workshop
  • Liquid Poetry: A Celebration of Ale and Verse; Wynkoop Brewery, Denver
  • Poemboy vs. The Media Gorgon; Douglas County Libraries Speaking Tour
  • Going Native; an interview with novelist William Haywood Henderson 
  • Guest Speaker, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
  • Poetry Judge, Colorado Book Awards