Boot Camp for writers

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 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 5, upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center, located at 25 N. Market St. Cost for the workshop is $10 for adults and $5 for students. 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."

Olsen, who lives in Dolores, is the author of Recapture & Other Stories, a collection of short fiction about the 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. For more information, visit

For more information about the workshop, contact Erica Olsen at 435-210-1847.