Aspen Words offers year-round programming in Aspen and the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, and in New York City for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

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

Literary Prizea $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issues
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
Writers in the Schools: reaching and inspiring middle and high school students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley
Aspen Writers’ Network: connecting local writers with visiting authors and each other
The Editing Room: editing services from some of the top professionals in the publishing world
Story Swap: a story-sharing experience that uses creative writing to build empathy and understanding between diverse populations.