Local author Erica Olsen and the Cortez Cultural Center present "Boot Camp for Writers," a session of fun, low-impact writing exercises to start your new year "write." The creativity workout will take place 10:30 to noon on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center, located at 25 N. Market St. Cost for the workshop is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Scholarships are available. All workshop fees will benefit the Cortez Cultural Center. Participants should bring pen/pencil/paper or a laptop.
"The new year is the time when people head back to the gym to shape up after the holidays. This year, why not shape up your creative self, as well?" Olsen said. "For 90 minutes, we'll do a creativity workout designed to help you develop a regular writing practice that works for you. Whether your writing is in the form of a journal, poetry, essays, fiction or Facebook posts, the exercises can help you break bad habits, make good new habits or just stop procrastinating so much."
For more information about the workshop, contact Erica Olsen at 435-210-1847.
The Center, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide educational, cultural and artistic programs for its members and the public. Since its inception, the Center has provided programs to thousands of residents and visitors to the Four Corners area and has demonstrated its goal of diversity in programming. It currently has over 450 members and receives more than 35,000 visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cortezculturalcenter.org.
Erica Olsen is the author of Recapture & Other Stories (Torrey House Press), a collection of short fiction about the once and future West. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Her stories and essays have appeared in High Desert Journal, High Country News and other regional and national publications. She has taught creative writing at the University of Montana and University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Dolores, CO. For more information, visit www.recapturestories.com.