Set your wild mind free in this fun and supportive week-long creative writing workshop! Learn how to write inspired and unique poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction while exploring the wild nooks and crannies of Crested Butte. This workshop is designed for rising middle schoolers to take their writing to a new level of skill, confidence, self-expression, and joy. Taught by award-winning teacher and writer Shelley Read, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Sign up for the whole week, just a few days, or only one day. Space limited. 

Instructor:  Shelley Read

When: Monday June 24 - Friday June 28th
Time:  9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Center
Cost:  $30 per class, or $130 for the week

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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PO Box 1819
Crested Butte, CO 81224