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Mountain Words Literary Festival

May 28 - May 30

Mountain Words Literary Festival passes + tickets are on sale now! Join us for a three-day literary celebration at nine-thousand feet. Featuring 25 authors and presenters for readings, workshops, kids events, parties, panel discussions, live theater, and more. In-person and safely distanced in Crested Butte and Gunnison.

Authors include Nate Marshall, Rachel Monroe, Scott Carney, Pam Houston, Bobby Lefebre, Laura Pritchett, Adam Valen Levinson, Steven Dunn, Chelsey Johnson, Nick Arvin and others.

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9 – 10:30 am Paul Edwards – “Character and Action: Acting, Playwriting, and Science in the 21st Century”

11 am – 12 pm Paige Stewart – “Mystics in the Mountains” workshop

1 – 2:30 pm Shelley Read – “Crafting Character” workshop

1 – 3 pm Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer – “Risk & Play: Flirting with the Unknown” workshop

Crested Butte

10 am – 12 pm Pam Houston “The Physical Stuff of Your Life” workshop

5 – 6 pm Writers in Residence Read + Reception: Chris La Tray, Chelsey Johnson, Lee Anderson, Adam Valen Levinson. Steddy Theater.

6:30 pm Evening Readings + Karen Chamberlain Award with Bobby Lefebre, Pam Houston, Manuel Aragon, Steven Dunn. Art Goodtimes presenting Kate Kingston with Karen Chamberlain award. Steddy Theater.


Crested Butte

9 – 10:30 am Nick Arvin – “Faith and Philosophy: The Deep Beliefs of Your Characters” workshop

9 am – 12 pm Joshua Mendrala “From Prose to Song” workshop

11 am – 12 pm  Panel: “Writing in Place, Place in Writing” with Nate Marshall, Chris La Tray, Laura Krantz, and Pam Houston in conversation with Arvin Ram

12:15 – 1:15 Live Theater at Lunch: “Indiana” by Steven Cole Hughes

1:30 – 2:30 pm Nate Marshall poetry workshop*

3 – 4 pm Panel: “Writing the Intersection and Divisions Between Rural and Urban America” with Rachel Monroe, Steven Dunn, Nick Bowlin, Chelsey Johnson in discussion with Brian Calvert

5 – 6 pm Happy-hour Open Mic Readings, Steddy Theater*

6:30 – 7:30 pm Saturday Night Readings: Rachel Monroe, Nick Arvin, Laura Pritchett, Nate Marshall. Steddy Theater.

8 pm Festival after-hours at the Center. Drinks, bites, music


Sunday 5/30


10 – 11:30 am Art Goodtimes (world-famous) “Gourd Circle” readings

10 – 12 pm Laura Krantz & Christopher Biddle “Audio Storytelling; education, resources and the industry” workshop at Western Colorado University

Crested Butte

9 am – 12 pm Laura Pritchett “Book Length Considerations” workshop

10 – 11:30 am DK Hawk “Fierce Writing from the Heart”

11 – 12 pm Manual Aragon “Capturing Voice and Rhythm in Your Writing” workshop

1 – 2 pm Candace Nadon “Author Deep Dive: Jhumpa Lahiri”

3 – 4 pm Scott Carney “Positive Stress and Environmental Training” discussion in Steddy Theater

5 – 6:30 pm Crested Butte Magazine Summer 2021 Issue Release Party

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May 28
May 30
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Center for the Arts
606 6th St.
Crested Butte, CO 81224 United States
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