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 currently offers two programs: one for advanced writers seeking to take a next step in their writing and/or to further their professional careers; one for less experienced writers looking for encouragement and support. Whatever role writing plays in your life, we hope you will take advantage of the regular opportunities AWN offers for camaraderie and inspiration.

AWN Advanced Writers

Editor Carole DeSanti in conversation with AWN members, Basalt, CO,  April 2015.

If you are a professional writer in any genre or someone who has otherwise demonstrated a serious commitment to writing, the AWN Advanced Writers group 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 Advanced Writers 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

AWN Aspiring Writers

This program, open to all, hosts quarterly gatherings led by veteran workshop producer Jody Feagan and local writer Claudia Putnam. Whether you write fiction, poetry, non-fiction, journalism, or scholarly articles, AWN is committed to helping you enliven your work.

Quarterly meetings are designed to provide a safe, supportive environment for meeting fellow writers and for jumpstarting creativity. Each gathering will begin with a members meeting followed by general discussion of craft and some writing prompts to get the juices flowing then and there.

Membership is $125/year for all four quarterly meetings and the opportunity to attend two AWN-sponsored author/editor talks. Drop-ins can attend the quarterly meetings only for $25 each. For more information, to join, or to get on the AWN mailing list, please contact Jamie Kravitz at 970.925.3122  ext. 2#.