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, November 3. 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.

Gunnison Valley Poetry Festival

The 4th Annual Gunnison Valley Poetry Festival
October 12th – 14th.
The 4th Annual Gunnison Valley Poetry Festival will take place at the Gunnison Arts Center from Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. The conference, which is jointly sponsored with the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western, features many of the strongest poets and writers from around the western slope and beyond, presenting readings, lectures, seminars and discussions. Join us for what promises to be one of the liveliest literary events in the region this year. Check the GAC website for updated event details.
General public, all-event pass: $60
Student all-event pass: $40
Evening readings only (Fri. & Sat.): $10/night
Saturday Workshops + Panels only: $45

Purchase tickets HERE.

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 2018 – June 2019

The ‘Book Talk’ group meets September through June. The book list is compiled from members’ input and discussions take place monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the GAC. all lovers of books are welcome to join the discussion each month.


September 6: Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer.
October 4: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
November 1: The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel.
December 6: Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire.