Writer’ Network Meet-Up

Meet fellow writers in the Valley! The Crested Butte Writers’ Network (CBWN) was formed to bring together CB’s literary sector and provide support, networking opportunities, encouragement, camaraderie and inspiration for writers and aspiring writers in the Gunnison Valley. Monthly meetings include discussion on current projects, information on local literary events, writerly news, publishing opportunities, free-writing sessions and most importantly, an opportunity to blether with your own ilk. Future meetings TBA.

Friday July 13th, 2018
4:00 p.m. 

Join the Crested Butte Writers’ Network in attending Writing the Rockies’ fabulous Friday evening lineup: Creative Nonfiction keynote address with Patrick Pexton, former Ombudsman of the Washington Post; Opera Workshop performance of new work with famed librettist Enid Holden, set in Gunnison (in her home, a former brothel!); and a one-man play by four-time Emmy winner and longtime writer for the Simpson’s, Mike Reiss. 3:50 p.m. Drinks and discussion following the event.

Meet outside Quigley Hall.

Friday July 20th, 2018
3:50 p.m.


Patrick Pexton

Patrick Pexton has been a journalist for three decades. He most recently was editor-in-chief of The Frederick News-Post, a daily newspaper and website serving Maryland's largest county by geography. He has served as the ombudsman for The Washington Post, the deputy editor of National Journal, an editor and reporter at the Military Times, and a local reporter in four states.

Enid Holden

Enid Holden is a singer-songwriter, playwright, writer, lyricist and librettist. She holds degrees in Fine Arts, English, History of Art and Theatre. Before moving to Gunnison eight years ago, she served on the board of the Potomac Theatre in Maryland and a member of a professional children’s theatre group. She became an alumna of Western after completing a BA in Music here in 2011. She has had two plays performed in the Western short play festival and has also participated in summer intensives and screenwriting courses in the MFA program at Western State Colorado University. She is on the advisory Board of the MFA program.


Mike Reiss

If you are a fan of animated comedy, chances are you have laughed at a joke written by Mike Reiss, a four-time Emmy award-winning producer, 28-year veteran of The Simpsons and a contributor to more than two dozen animated films, including four Ice Age movies, two Despicable Me movies, The LoraxRioKung Fu Panda 3, and The Simpsons Movie, with a worldwide gross of $8 billion. He was the showrunner behind season four of The Simpsons, which Entertainment Weekly has called "the greatest season of the greatest show in history." Mike has also written seventeen children’s books, including the best-seller How Murray Saved Christmas and the award-winning Late for School.