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SUMMER WORDS PUBLIC EVENTS

Thank you to all the participants, authors, agents, editors, volunteers, and sponsors who made Summer Words 2017 a great success! Video and photos from the week will be available soon.

Please save the dates for next year: June 17-22, 2018. Workshop and application information will be available in December 2017.


2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MONDAY, JUNE 19

We All Start Somewhere
The Gant | Maroon Room | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Panelists: Dani Shapiro, Hannah Tinti
You all ventured away from your writing desks to the Rocky Mountains for a week…now what? Dani Shapiro and Hannah Tinti give advice on how to utilize this week to seek progress in your writing life.

Literature With Impact
The Belly Up | 5:15pm – 6:30pm
Moderator: Carole DeSanti
Panelists: Chinelo Okparanta, Ben Fountain, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
The $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize was launched this year to honor an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue. How can literature forge connections and shape public conversation around critical issues, without polarizing readership? Chinelo Okparanta, Ben Fountain, and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh will discuss the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.  


TUESDAY, JUNE 20

Crafting Character
The Gant | Maroon Room | 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Moderator: Sara Nelson
Panelists: George Hodgman, Jane Hamilton, Ben Fountain
We all have those characters we know and love, that live on in our imaginations long after we finish reading a story. George Hodgman, Jane Hamilton, and Ben Fountain share their advice on writing compelling characters.

Living the Creative Life
The Belly Up | 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Moderator: Adrienne Brodeur
Panelists: Jess Walter, Dani Shapiro, Jericho Brown
Making a life as an artist has its joys, just as it has its frustrations. Rejection, confusion, disappointment – can all make a creative career an uphill battle. Simply finding time to create can seem impossible. Hear from three authors on their experience of finding ease and clarity in the creative life.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

SUMMER WORDS STUDENT OPEN MIC
Victoria’s Café | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Listen to short readings by the Summer Words workshop students! Wine and crostini specials will be available for purchase.

No author events due to evening Summer Benefit, taking place at the Hotel Jerome Grand Ballroom from 6pm-10pm. This event requires a separate ticket. Click here for more info.


THURSDAY, JUNE 22

The Take Away
The Gant | Maroon Room | 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Moderator: Jamie Kravitz
Panelists: Carole DeSanti, Hannah Tinti, Jane Hamilton, Jericho Brown, Jess Walter
Now what? After a week of full immersion into the art of fiction, memoir, and poetry, what will happen when you return to the blank page? Summer Words faculty share their advice for reentering the day to day writing life.