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.

Literary Arts Classes
Click on the class title to register.

Short Stories Workshop
Saturday, May 26. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. (1.5 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 enjoy lunch on your own time or join us next door at El Paraiso. The group will meet again to share and edit. You will leave with a final story and positive suggestions from your classmates.
Instructor: Enid Holden. $35/student. $30/members.

The Keys to the Treasure Chest – Learning the Secrets of Verse
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. August 22 – September 12.

Why are poets so obsessed with writing in lines, how is that different from writing prose, and why does it matter? The purpose of this four-week class is not only to answer these questions (that’s just the beginning), but also to begin to understand the actual techniques poets writing in English use, the what and how and why of these techniques. We will at least touch on all the major kinds of meter and free verse in English, from the dawn of the language to the present. We will look at things historically, but also read poems in all the forms (again, including free verse) and practice them ourselves. We will laugh. We will cry. And, in the end, I hope your appetite for the study and practice of verse form, the mother sauce of poetry, will be whetted.
Instructor: David J. Rothman. $80/student, $68/members.

Headwaters Poetry Festival
Mark your calendars for the weekend of October 12 – 14!

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.