The GPCW’s annual Writing the Rockies conference will not be held in 2019. The conference has been put on hold for a year so that it can be restructured with an eye toward making it more of a writing festival than an academic conference. In its new version, to be launched in 2020, it will be rooted more directly in our local communities of Gunnison and Crested Butte and in our broader regions of the Western Slope and the Rocky Mountain West. The new version will prominently feature place-based writing across the genres, from scientific and historical writing to creative nonfiction and poetry, and will celebrate the work of writers who care about the West. In other words, it will truly be focused on "Writing the Rockies."
This year, in place of Writing the Rockies, several high-profile writers have been invited by our Concentration Directors to the Summer Intensive Residency. These Visiting Writers will lead workshops, meet with students, participate in writing panels, and give readings. This should greatly improve the student experience at the Residency by giving students the chance to work directly with some of the top names in their fields.
While Writing the Rockies is on hold for 2019, our popular Opera Libretto Workshop and Performance will still be held. Yes, the show must go on! Mark your schedules now: the performance of Lottie Silks, written by Enid Holden (M.A. '17) and featuring professionals from the Central City Opera, will take place Thursday night, July 18, in the second week of the Residency.
Note that, due to the cancellation of Writing the Rockies, the prestigious Poetry Symposium, now in its 10th year, has temporarily moved to the Poetry by the Sea Conference held in Connecticut May 21-24.
Check back soon for an exciting announcement regarding the visiting writers for the 2019 Summer Intensive Residency!