Literary Arts

Welcome to the Literary Arts Department! Engage with words, stories and ideas in new and exciting ways. Explore the craft of writing in workshops; be inspired by life-affirming prose at readings; or network with other writers and readers.


summer 2020 literary arts programming

‘Wild Minds’ Young Writers Summer Camp – Middle School: Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26. 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $130 for the week or $30 per class. learn more

Gunnison Valley Literary Festival: Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30. Prices vary by event. learn more

Become a Center Literary Arts Comrade

Becoming a Center Literary Arts Comrade not only has its privileges, like discounted rates for workshops and literary events, but it also means that you believe that a thriving arts culture needs good literature. You believe in the literary community here in Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley and want to keep programming like the Literary Salon Series and Freewriting sessions, free and open to the public.

Your Comrade Card includes: discounts on workshops and literary events; comrade-only writing retreats; discounted subscription rates to High Country News; 10% off purchases at Townie Books; Center for the Arts concert tickets; books signed by visiting authors, and more!  Comrade Card is good for a year from purchase date.

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Many thanks to Denise Hawk and Blake Hawk for their generous support of the Literary Arts Department!