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Thank you to all Summer Words 2016 participants, faculty, agents, editors, and sponsors! To keep in touch with other attendees, join our Alumni Group on Facebook. 

2016 Archives

Summer Words 2017 will take place June 18-23. The faculty line-up and workshop information will be available in December 2016, when the juried application process opens. Sign up for email updates here.

Recognized as one of the nation’s top literary gatherings, Summer Words is a six-day celebration of words, stories, and ideas held annually in Aspen. Advanced workshops with renowned authors and teachers are an intimate place for writers to develop a manuscript, while introductory workshops invite participants to explore the craft of writing. Literary agents and editors meet one-on-one with workshop participants, while public panel discussions provide inspiration and insight for writers and readers alike. Evening events include readings, receptions, and the Aspen Words Annual Benefit Dinner, featuring a special guest author.

“Winter, spring, summer, and fall I find myself teaching in writers’ gatherings around the country and in Europe. Most are quite wonderful in many ways, but there is only one I can think of that sparks a shimmering alchemy of the following gifts: talented and hard-working participants, a rigorous but nurturing faculty, an inspired, graceful, and easy-going staff, and all of it unfolding under the stars over lovely Aspen. Summer Words is a gem!”
Andre Dubus III, author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog

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