Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival

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Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Aspen, CO
Event Date: 
June 21, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
February 27, 2020
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The 44th annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival will be held from June 21 to June 26 at the Gant, a resort in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. The conference features workshops, panels, and readings, as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. The faculty includes poet Yolanda Wisher; fiction writers Christopher Castellani, Lan Samantha Chang, Christina Baker Kline, Scott Lasser, and Rebecca Stead; and nonfiction writers Steve Almond, Sarah M. Broom, Aran Shetterly, and Claire Bidwell Smith. Tuition is $1,525, which includes some meals. A limited number of scholarships are available. Lodging is available at the Gant for discounted rates. To apply for a workshop in poetry, fiction, personal essay, memoir, or book editing, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages with a $35 application fee by February 27. Registration for a non-juried, generative writing workshop and a three-day readers retreat are first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.

Accessibility accommodations include public transportation near the venue; elevator access to all event spaces, including a service elevator for entry to the building; accessible doorways, pathways, and ramps in all conference center spaces; accessible bathrooms with handrails; accessible parking; and signage in Braille in the conference center rooms, bathrooms, and fitness centers. Contact Whitney Hart, Gant representative, at whitney.hart@destinationhotels.com for additional accessibility details. 

Contact Information

Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival, 110 East Hallam Street, Suite 116, Aspen, CO 81611. (970) 925-3122, ext. 5. Ellie Scott, Program Coordinator.