The 41st annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival was held from June 18 to June 23 at the Gant Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. The conference featured workshops, panels, readings, and a readers retreat, as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. The faculty included poet Jericho Brown; fiction writers Jane Hamilton, Chinelo Okparanta, and Jess Walter; and creative nonfiction writers George Hodgman, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, and Dani Shapiro. Tuition ranged from $1,200 to $1,375, which included some meals. A limited number of scholarships were available. To apply for a workshop in poetry, fiction, memoir, or novel editing, writers submitted a writing sample of up to 10 pages with a $30 application fee by February 28. Registration for an introductory writing course and the readers retreat was first come, first served. 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.