Summer Words will take place June 18-23, 2017. Detailed information for workshop participants is available in the Student Portal. Tickets and passes are now on sale for public events featuring award-winning authors. These afternoon and evening panels are a great opportunity to join in on the literary festivities! Non-Juried Writing Workshops and the Readers’ Retreat are open for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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

Thank you to our Summer Words 2017 Sponsors!

Sponsors for ASW-final

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