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Aspen Summer Words

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The 38th annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival was held from June 13 to June 18 in Aspen, Colorado. The retreat offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The faculty included poet Billy Collins; fiction writers Melissa Bank, Andre Dubus III, Julia Glass, Mary Beth Keane, and Meg Wolitzer; and nonfiction writers Bernard Cooper and Meghan Daum. The festival featured lectures, readings, panel discussions, and the opportunity to meet with agents and editors. Tuition for the retreat ranged from $975 to $1,375, which included some meals. A limited number of scholarships were available. Applicants submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose with a $30 application fee by March 31. Tickets to the festival were $150, or $20 for individual readings. Registration was first come, first served. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.

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