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