Readings and Special Events

General registration covers admission to all readings and special events. Non-registered members of the public can purchase individual tickets to readings for $10 / $5 students, and to Saturday's play, Multitudes, for $15 / $10 students. Learn more about the New Opera Workshop.


Wednesday, July 18

3:30-5 p.m.: GPCW Alumni Roundtable. All alumni at the conference (including this year's graduates) are invited to come learn about the GPCW Alumni Association and join a conversation about the program. Meeting will be led by Steve Visel, MFA '16 (Genre Fiction), GPCW Alumni Association Coordinator. (Taylor Hall 229)

9:30-10:30 p.m.: Readings: The GPCW Alumni Extravaganza Reading. (The Overlook)

Thursday, July 19

6:45-8 p.m..: Readings: Russell Davis, Karen Hausdoerffer, Kase Johnstun, Patrick Pexton, Robert B. Shaw. (University Center Theater)

9:45-11 p.m.: Open Mic (The Overlook)

Friday, July 20

5-6:15 p.m..: 4th Annual New Opera Workshop World Premiere: Lottie Silks, by Jay Parrotta, with libretto by Enid Holden (MA ’17). Ben Makino, Music Director. Andrew Sellon​, Stage Director. (John and Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall, Quigley Hall)

Note: All general conference registrations include admission for one person to the New Opera Workshop performance; individual tickets will also be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations) to the general public for $20/person, $10/student. 

8-9:30 p.m..: Special Presentation in collaboration with the Gunnison Arts Center: Comedy Is Hard, by Mike Reiss. Directed by William Spicer. (Gunnison Arts Center)

When Kay, a retired actress, meets Lou, a retired comedian, she invites him to move in with her at Sunset Terrace, a home for elderly entertainers. As their relationship blossoms, they argue over which is harder, stand-up comedy or serious drama. Mike Reiss, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning writer for The Simpsons, has crafted a delightful comedy that explores themes of relationships, the performer's hunger for recognition, and the challenges of growing old, with a script that is both intensely funny and deeply touching.

Note​: Tickets for Comedy Is Hard are $15 and are not included in general Writing the Rockies conference registration.

Saturday, July 21

7:30-9 p.m.: Multitudes: An Evening with Walt Whitman. Written by Kim Nuzzo and Valerie Haugen Nuzzo. Performed by Kim Nuzzo. (Taylor Hall Studio Theater)

After the performance, Kim and Valerie will lead a discussion about the play with the audience.

9:30-11 p.m.: GPCW current student reading. (The Overlook)

Sunday, July 22

8:30-10 a.m.: The GPCW Alumni Panel: "Life After Western." Steve Visel (MFA ’16, Genre Fiction), GPCW Alumni Relations Coordinator and Moderator; with Chris Barili (MFA '16, Genre Fiction), Kaye Lynne Booth (MFA '17, Genre Fiction and Screenwriting), Cara Guerrieri (MFA '12, Genre Fiction) and Susan Spear (MFA '12, Poetry). (Taylor Hall 205)

7:30-9 p.m.: Readings: Kevin J. Anderson, Ned Balbo, Heather Sappenfield, Jane Satterfield, Rick Wilber. (The Overlook)

9 p.m.-Whenever a.m.: Closing Bash. (The Overlook)