Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival

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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 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.