Aspen Words offers year-round programming in Aspen and the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. We also co-sponsor occasional events in New York in collaboration with our partners at the Aspen Institute.

Some Aspen Words programs are geared to writers: The Editing Room, Aspen Writers’ Network and Writers in Residence.  And some are geared to both readers and writers: Aspen Summer Words, Winter WordsStory Swap, and Young Writers. All are designed to encourage, inspire, and connect.

We hope you’ll explore the full range of Aspen Words programs and events.

Summer Words: one of the top writing conferences and literary festivals in the nation
Winter Words: bringing the most-respected contemporary writers to read and speak in Aspen
Writers in Residence: month-long writing retreats for established and emerging writers
Young Writers: reaching and inspiring middle and high school students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley
Aspen Writers’ Network: connecting local writers, while providing craft and publishing resources
The Editing Room: editing services from top publishing industry professionals
Story Swap: a story-sharing experience that uses creative writing to build empathy and understanding between diverse populations