literary arts + lectures


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.

Our literary workshops and classes strive to provide the highest caliber of craft, support, and community for writers and readers in the Gunnison Valley and beyond. We focus on the whole writer, providing an exceptional, inclusive learning experience.

The Center's Literary Arts Department hosts a variety of events over the course of the year. Look out for our thriller festival, Murder in the Mountains, around Halloween. Memorial Day Weekend means our Mountain Words Literary Festival, which brings some of the nation's best writers to Crested Butte for a literary celebration of grand proportions. If you are a local in the Gunnison Valley, join our Mountain Writers Cooperative for support and networking opportunities. And of course, check our calendar for our always inspiring workshops + lectures.

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