1. Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop
Imagine a place where every Friday you can show up, grab some Oreos and white wine, and write for an hour in a beautiful, old home with a bunch of other writers. Then, for another hour, you gather with those awesome writers for conversations about craft, networking, and sharing of your work.
Yes, it really exists.
Lighthouse is a beacon of hope. It made me believe that communities of writers really exist. Besides Friday 500, they also host their annual Lit Fest (which I missed by one day…kill me), writing workshops and classes, and a writing retreat in the mountains.
2. Tattered Cover Bookstore
Tattered Cover is an AMAZING indie bookstore with three great locations, plus 2 satellites (one at Denver Airport and one, opening this summer, at Union Station). The one on Colfax Ave is the Gryffindor Common Room of bookstores.
On top of that, they also have the Tattered Cover Press where you can self-publish at really reasonable prices.
3. Stella’s Coffee House
Stella’s is located in the Old South Pearl Street business district of Denver, which reminds me a lot of Wealthy Street/East Hills in Grand Rapids. When I walked in, I knew I found my home away from home. If you like to sit in the sunlight, surrounded by good books, while an espresso machine whirs in the background, this is your nirvana.
I also love that Stella’s is super dog-friendly. They have water bowls all over their patio, and treats just inside the door (for pups big and small).
4. Denver Writing Meet-Up Groups
There are two really great ones every writer should know about:
- Denver Writers Meet-Up Group. For just $10 a year, you can be part of a super cool group of nearly 700 writers. They meet bi-weekly on Saturday afternoons or Thursday nights.
- Denver Writer’s Workshop. This meet up group is nearly 600 members strong. They are more critique-oriented than the aforementioned meet-up group.
5. Book Organizations of Colorado
For over 10 years, Book Organizations of Colorado (BOOC) has been “connecting Colorado’s book community.” They have over 30 nonprofit member organizations “whose activities support literacy, libraries, writing, publishing, selling or promoting books for the mutual benefit of the members and the general public.” Basically, they are a huge resource of things writing-related in Denver.
Do you have any good suggestions for writers in Denver? Feel free to add to this list by commenting below!