The 43rd annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival was held from June 16 to June 21 at the Gant, a resort in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. The conference featured workshops, panels, and readings, as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. The faculty included poet Tina Chang; fiction writers Rumaan Alam, Tom Barbash, Susan Minot, and Samrat Upadhyay; and nonfiction writers Nick Flynn, Laura Fraser, and Heather Harpham. Tuition was $1,525, which included some meals. A limited number of scholarships were available. Lodging was available at the Gant for discounted rates. To apply for a workshop in poetry, fiction, memoir, or book editing, writers submitted a writing sample of up to 10 pages with a $30 application fee by February 28. Registration for a non-juried, generative writing workshop and a three-day readers retreat were first come, first served. Visit the website for more information.
Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival, 110 East Hallam Street, Suite 116, Aspen, CO 81611. (970) 925-3122, ext. 1. Marie Chan, Program Coordinator.