Literary Arts Programs

The Gunnison Arts Center Literary Arts Program is for readers, writers, poets and lovers of books! Our program offers a variety of classes, poetry readings and book talks to choose from year-round. Students of all levels will find something to enjoy.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
The Gunnison Arts Center will issue a full refund for the price of class or workshop registration, minus a $5 administration fee, until the class has begun and will only issue Gunnison Arts Center credit after the class has begun. The Gunnison Arts Center will not issue refunds for event tickets under any circumstances.

All classes have a minimum enrollment of 4 students unless otherwise noted. If the minimum is not met the decision to cancel a class will be made. Some classes have limited enrollment. Students are considered registered only after full payment for the class has been received. GAC active members will receive a 15% discount on class tuition.

Headwaters Poetry Reading Series
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February 23rd Reading
Doors open at 6:00, readings begin at 6:30 pm.
The next event in the Headwaters Poetry Festival Reading Series will take place at the Gunnison Arts Center on the evening of Friday, February 23. The reading includes visiting fiction writer Rhonda Claridge from Telluride, along with readings and a discussion of journalism in the Gunnison Valley by Mark Reaman, editor of The Crested Butte News, and Will Shoemaker, editor of The Gunnison Country Times who will discuss “Real News, Fake News and Local News: Journalism in Rural America.”
$10/general admission, $5/students.

April 7th Reading
More info to come soon…

Literary Arts Classes
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The Clear, Focused Book Writer
Tuesday, February 6. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

The desire to write a book runs deep, yet there are so many ways to get stuck or overwhelmed. What’s the right way to do it? How do you stay organized? Not to mention, how do you stay motivated for the long haul? In this presentation, you’ll get new ideas to help you approach your book in a way that feels easier, helps you get and stay organized, and go from thinking about your book to writing it. If you think about your book more than you write, feel overwhelmed by the work before you, or just feel curious about writing a book this workshop is for you. Includes lecture, discussion, and some writing time.
Instructor: Alissa Johnson. $30/student. $25/members.

Short Stories Workshop
Saturday, May 26. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. (1 ½ hour lunch break)

Join us for a session of short story writing:
There will be a presentation of the elements that contribute to successful short story writing, with handouts and exercises to prepare you. Then the group will work on flash fiction items and break for lunch. Either bring a bag lunch or eat next door at El Paraiso. The group will meet again to share and edit and you will leave with a final story and positive suggestions from your classmates.
Instructor: Enid Holden. $35/student. $30/members.

GAC Writers Group:
The GAC Writers Group meets regularly throughout the year, for anyone interested in using peer review and just rubbing elbows with the local writing talent. Call (970) 641-4029 for more information.

GAC Book Talk Group:
September 2017 – June 2018

The ‘Book Talk’ group begins meeting each Fall and continues through the Spring, taking the summer months off. The book list for the Book Talk group is published in the Fall, and discussions take place monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the GAC. All activities within the Literary Arts program are free and open to public participation.


January 4: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore.
February 1: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates AND I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin.
March 1: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
April 5: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.
May 3: The Dinner by Herman Koch.
June 7: Your Brain’s Politics: how the science of the mind explains the political divide by Gerorge Lakoff.