Aspen Summer Words workshops are designed to accommodate both experienced, published writers and promising, emerging writers who have yet to publish their work. The majority of writing workshops are determined by a juried admission process that requires a manuscript submission; however, we also offer a Beginning Writing workshop and a Readers’ Retreat, which are non-juried and first-come, first-served. 

June 18-23, 2017


Beginning Writing: Jane Hamilton (workshop full), Chinelo Okparanta – REGISTER HERE
Readers’ Retreat (3 days only): Carole DeSanti – REGISTER HERE

JURIED WORKSHOPS – application process closed

Fiction: Ben Fountain, Hannah Tinti, Jess Walter
MemoirDani Shapiro, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Poetry: Jericho Brown
Book Editing: George Hodgman

$30 application fee and writing sample required. Carefully read all manuscript guidelines before applying.


  • All workshops, including the three-day Readers’ Retreat, will begin with orientation on Sunday, June 18 at 5pm at The Gant in Aspen. 
  • Each writing workshop will meet for five mornings–Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23 from 9am to 12pm. Lunch will follow each workshop session, and is included with tuition.
  • The three-day Readers’ Retreat will meet the mornings of Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21.
  • Additional afternoon and evening programming, including panels with the faculty, will be announced in the spring of 2017. To view a sample program from Summer Words 2016, click here.


2016 Faculty + Workshop Descriptions 
2015 Faculty + Workshop Descriptions 
2014 Faculty + Workshop Descriptions