Writing can be a lonely activity, but writers themselves need not be lonely. Such was the impulse behind the launch in early 2014 of the Aspen Writers’ Network (AWN). In keeping with Aspen Words’ commitment to the local community, AWN was formed to provide mutual support and networking opportunities for writers and aspiring writers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

AWN is geared towards advanced writers seeking to take the next step in their writing and/or to further their professional careers. It also provides a networking group for encouragement, support, camaraderie, and inspiration.



If you are a professional writer in any genre or someone who has otherwise demonstrated a serious commitment to writing, the Aspen Writers’ Network may be for you. Open by invitation/application only, this group meets regularly to foster connections and bring stimulating programming to its members. Monthly meetings, usually held on the third Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, alternate between Aspen and Basalt. Guest speakers are featured at most meetings, including Aspen Words’ Writers in Residence and publishing industry representatives (agents and editors). AWN members also enjoy priority access or reduced admission to other popular Aspen Words programs.

Membership in AWN Advanced Writers is $250/year, which covers the cost of meeting refreshments and speaker stipends. For more information, or if you are interested in attending a meeting, please email


A joint pilot project of the Aspen Writers Network, the Aspen Poets Society, and Explore Booksellers featuring readings by local writers followed by an open mic.

The dates for the series are: 
October 22 – Curated by Eleanor Shelton of AWN
Featuring local writers Bruce Berger and Catherine Lutz

November 19
December 17

All events are at 6pm and will feature 2-3 writers (chosen by the curators) and offer Open Mic slots for 5 readers.