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Mountain Words Literary Festival

May 25, 2023 - May 28, 2023


The Mountain Words Literary Festival is a multi-day literary celebration at nine-thousand feet, featuring readings, workshops, kids’ events, parties, panel discussions, live theater, and more.


May 27th, 10 – 11 am “Origins of the Original” workshop with Rebecca Makkai | REGISTER

For writing to succeed, it must be both well-executed and original.  In this class, we’ll cover some key elements of originality — specificity, idiosyncrasy, complexity, repetition, and change — and talk about accessing them in both drafting and revision. | King Community Room

May 27th, 11 – 12 pm “Can true crime be ethical?” discussion with Rebecca Makkai and Rachel Monroe | REGISTER

Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of the best-selling literary mystery Have Some Questions for You,  Rebecca Makkai, and New Yorker investigative reporter and author of Savage Appetites, Rachel Monroe discuss the moral murkiness of writing crime, true and otherwise. Chaired by Julia Wheeler | Steddy Theater

May 27th, 5 – 6:30 Festival reception + Forest Woodward Gallery Opening | REGISTER

Join us for the Saturday night festival reception + fine art + readings! Mingling, drinks, bites, and book signings with festival presenters, along with gallery reception for Forest Woodward’s story-centric installation, “What Roots May Clutch” in the Kinder Padon Gallery (5:30 – 7 pm) followed by festival readings with Rebecca Makkai, Suzi Q Smith, Rachel Monroe, and others. | Grace Atrium + Kinder Padon Gallery

May 27th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Saturday night festival readings with Rebecca Makkai, Suzi Q Smith, Rachel Monroe, Ted Conover | REGISTER | Steddy Theater


May 25, 2023
May 28, 2023
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Mountain Words Literary Festival


Crested Butte Center For The Arts
606 6th Street
Crested Butte, CO United States
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