Gather with other high school writers to practice writing in your favorite genre! The first class explores the dark twists and turns of writing mystery, horror, and science fiction. The second class focuses on the power of poetry to express your deepest thoughts and honor your unique perspectives. Come to one class or both! Free your mind and master your craft in these supportive, engaging workshops with award-winning teacher and writer, Shelley Read.  

Instructor: Shelley Read

When:  Wednesday June 26 & Thursday June 27
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Evolve Shared Work Space, 111 Elk Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cost:  $25 per session

Shelley Read’s love of the written word began as a young child obsessed with writing short stories, poetry, and reading Laura Ingalls Wilder. She went on to complete a double major BA in English and Journalism from the University of Denver where she was also editor of the Foothills Literary Journal and the DU Clarion. Shelley earned an MA from the Temple University Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she was also a teaching fellow, Temple Rome campus fellow, and editorial assistant at Temple University Press. She then returned to the University of Denver’s PhD in Literary Studies program on a full teaching fellowship to study 19th and 20th century literature.  

Shelley moved to Crested Butte full time and began teaching at Western State Colorado University in 1991. She has recently retired from Western after decades of teaching writing, literature, Honors, and environmental studies and receiving numerous teaching awards, fellowships, and grants. She has been a staff writer for The Denver Post, Crested Butte Magazine, Mountain Kids, a frequent contributor to Gunnison Valley Journal, and has edited several books. She is a proud mom, mountain goat, and world traveler who has just completed her first novel and is joyfully at work on two new books. Shelley’s experience, kind heart, and enthusiasm for every student’s success make her classes an experience not to be missed!  


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Center for the Arts Crested Butte
606 Sixth Street
PO Box 1819
Crested Butte, CO 81224