It’s a very literary new year! Kick it off right by engaging in the power of storytelling — attend a lecture, workshop, or join our supportive writing community.
mountain writers cooperative
year-round | $145/year
Join other writers in the Valley for professional development, networking, support, camaraderie, and inspiration. Membership includes monthly writing sessions; exclusive quarterly PD opportunities, select literary discounts, and members-only receptions and socials. https://crestedbuttearts.org/literary-arts/mountain-writers-cooperative/
literary arts & lectures; colorado poet laureate Bobby Lefebre
thursday, january 28 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | by donation
Welcoming celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to engage our community in thoughtful dialogue in the Center’s stunning Steddy Theater. Discussion and reading with Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre. Drinks available. In partnership with WSC Graduate Program in Creative Writing, and the Gunnison Country Times. Lecture Livestream.
“the art of the hook” writing workshop with Alan Bissett
sunday, january 31 | 10:00 – 11:30 pm | $35
A very special virtual writing workshop with best-selling Scottish author, Alan Bissett. Learn how to ‘hook’ the reader from the start of a short story, pulling them in and keeping them there, and how to develop your story in such a way that it flows and is engaging.
“applying film techniques to writing” with Steven Dunn
saturday, feb 6 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | $35
Look at ways to make sentences and paragraphs function like how cameras zoom, pan, tilt, etc. We’ll consider what is in the visual frame — the composition of a scene. We’ll discuss high-key and low-key lighting and what effects those produce. Register
literary arts & lectures; Steven Dunn
saturday, feb 6 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | by donation
Welcoming celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to engage our community in thoughtful dialogue in the Center’s stunning Steddy Theater. Discussion and reading with award-winning, Denver-based author, Steven Dunn. Part of CFTA’s Black Stories Series in Celebration of Black History Month.
“writing erotica 101” with Brian Palmer
saturday, feb 13 | 10:00 – 3:00 pm | $75
Why has erotica been so popular throughout the last 400 years? What makes an erotic story compelling? How do you take your hottest fantasies and turn them into art that readers will devour? Explore structure and strategy in the art of erotica and learn to tell a compelling, sexy story that will delight and titillate readers. https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=119881’
“the physical stuff of your life” with Pam Houston
saturday, march 6 | 10:00 – 12:00 pm | $35
Learn all the ways the sensory details that surround us—the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures—can give us access to that much more elusive interior landscape we are always trying to access when we write. If we write those details all the way down to the bone.
literary arts & lectures: Pam Houston
saturday, march 6 | 6 – 7:30 pm | by donation
Welcoming celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to engage our community in thoughtful dialogue in the Center’s stunning Steddy Theater. Discussion and reading with award-winning Colorado author, Pam Houston.
support literary arts & lectures; become a comrade member
year-round | various membership levels
Becoming a Literary Arts Comrade not only has its privileges, like discounted rates for workshops and events, festival passes and more, but it also means that you believe that a thriving arts culture needs good literature, storytelling, and diverse voices.