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The 39th annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival will be held from June 21 to June 26 at the Gant Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. The retreat offers workshops, panels, and readings in fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. The faculty includes fiction writers Ann Hood, Richard Russo, Akhil Sharma, and Hannah Tinti; and nonfiction writers Andre Dubus III and Dani Shapiro. The festival features lectures, readings, panel discussions, and the opportunity to meet with agents and editors. Tuition for the retreat ranges from $1,100 to $1,375, which includes some meals. A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply for a workshop in fiction, novel editing, or memoir, submit up to 10 pages of prose with a $30 application fee by February 27. Registration for a beginning fiction workshop is first come, first served. Tickets to the festival are $150, or $20 for individual readings. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Aspen Summer Words, 110 East Hallam Street, Suite 116, Aspen, CO 81611. (970) 925-3122. Caroline Tory, Program Coordinator.