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National Council members not only make Aspen Words programming possible, they make it exceptional. Through an annual donation of $2,500 or more, National Council members have a direct impact on all of our programs: Aspen Summer Words, Winter Words, Writers in Residence, Writers in the Schools, Story Swap, and more. In return, they receive unparalleled access to the greatest contemporary writers of our time.

Members receive passes and best-of-house reserved seating to Winter Words and Aspen Summer Words, along with invitations to private dinners with our award-winning and bestselling Winter Words authors and acclaimed Writers in Residence. Our quarterly newsletter keeps the National Council intimately connected to the pulse of literature today, with breaking news from the publishing world, writer success stories, reading recommendations, as well as video, photos, and other updates about our work in Roaring Fork Valley schools.

Lastly, because we know all of our National Council members love great writing, and in appreciation for all they do to encourage new (and established) voices, we share with them an amazing publication, One-Story, a literary magazine that contains, quite simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, National Council members are sent a copy of One Story. We promise it will be an amazing read, from a voice you’ve never heard.

Join the National Council and feel the immediate impact of your giving.

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