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2018 Juried Workshops

Juried Workshop application process opens December 3, 2019 and closes February 28, 2019 at 5pm MST. Applicants will receive a notification regarding their acceptance by April 12, 2019. 

There is a $30 application fee for the juried workshops. This helps us cover the cost of paying a professional jury of readers to evaluate the manuscripts. Upon acceptance, participants will be asked to pay their tuition in full by April 20.

$1,525 – includes 5 mornings of workshops, all public panels, one-on-one agent/editor meetings, opening reception and lunches. 

2018 Non-Juried Workshops

Non-juried workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. On the registration form, you will be asked to provide contact information and submit payment for the full tuition. You do not need to submit a manuscript.

Beginning Writing: $1,525  – Registration opens December 3, 2018
Readers’ Retreat (3 days): $425 – Registration opens December 3, 2018

What is included in Tuition? 

Tuition for all 5-day writing workshops includes:

Faculty instruction and materials
A pass to all of the public panels throughout the week
Lunches Monday through Friday
Two professional consultations with agents and editors*
Opening and closing night receptions
Social activities such as hikes, open mics, and informal gatherings

*Consultations are only open to juried workshop participants. 

3-day Readers’ Retreat tuition includes:

Faculty instruction
A reading packet to be distributed a month in advance of the Retreat
A pass to the public events Monday-Wednesday
Opening reception
Lunches Monday through Wednesday
Social activities such as hikes and informal gatherings


Financial Assistance

We are currently offering need-based financial assistance for juried workshops and the beginning writing workshop. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please e-mail Marie Chan by February 28th for consideration. 

Financial aid decisions will be included in the general notification to juried workshop applicants. These notifications will be sent out by April 12. Non-juried financial aid applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.

Financial assistance recipients are responsible for roughly 50% of our full tuition fee. Instead of the $1,525 normal rate, recipients’ tuition will be $750.

Travel & Lodging 

Travel and lodging are not included in the tuition for Aspen Summer Words, and participants should make their own travel and lodging arrangements upon acceptance into a workshop. Aspen Words has set aside a block of room at a significantly discounted rate at The Gant, our conference headquarters in downtown Aspen.

Click here for detailed information on traveling to Aspen.

The following rates include the Summer Words participant discount for 2018 at The Gant:

1-bedroom condo: $195/night

2-bedroom/2-bathroom condo: $250/night
The Gant will organize room-sharing for participants.