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NOTE: The juried workshop application process for 2016 is now closed. We are in the process of notifying all applicants. Space is still available in non-juried workshops: Readers’ Retreat and Beginning Writing (Ann Hood and Alissa Nutting).

Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain gateway to the literary world. Recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent literary conferences, Summer Words welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers in Aspen for a week each June. The exceptional faculty and awe-inspiring mountain scenery combine to make this a writing retreat like no other.

Morning workshops with some of the most renowned authors and teachers in the field are an intimate place for aspiring writers to develop their skills or hone a manuscript, providing a winning combination of inspiration, instruction, and community. In the afternoon, time is set aside to work and rework your writing, to meet with agents and editors, or to participate in public discussions on craft and publishing with our award-winning faculty. Evenings are reserved for readings and revelry! And although the focus at Aspen Summer Words is on the craft of writing, these public panels and readings offer plenty of inspiration, insight, and enjoyment for readers as well.

ARCHIVES: Take a look back at past Summer Words!

View Summer Words 2015 Photo Gallery
View Video: “Writing Home” Public Panel
View Video: “Writing From Life” Public Panel
Blog post: 6 Authors on Writing, Inspiration and the Creative Process

Blog post: 8 Authors on the Creative Life and the Craft of Writing