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Summer Words

See you next year for Summer Words 2025!

Applications for one of the nation’s top writers’ conferences, with workshops led by renowned authors in an inspiring mountain setting, will open again in 2025.

Literary Prize

Congratulations to “Enter Ghost” by Isabella Hammad, winner of the 2024 Aspen Words Literary Prize!

3 novels. 2 short story collections. 1 debut voice.
5 works of fiction.

Youth Programming

Join The Wordplay & Expression Summer Camp

Open to incoming 6th-9th graders. This workshop will provide a place to focus on everything wordplay, writing, voice, creativity and expression.

Book Ball

Thank you to those who attended & supported Book Ball 2024

Book Ball raises critical funds to support Aspen Words programs. Book Ball 2025 is to be announced.

Aspen Writers Network

Every Third Thursday

Providing mutual support and networking opportunities for writers and aspiring writers in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Encouraging Writers

Inspiring Readers

Connecting Through Stories

Our Programs



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 Snowmass Village, CO.



The 2024 Winter Words lineup features acclaimed book club selections, bestselling authors, stunning stories of triumph and a world champion athlete.

AW Literary


The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.

Aspen Writers’


In keeping with Aspen Words’ commitment to working writers, AWN was formed to provide mutual support and networking opportunities for writers and aspiring writers in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.


in Schools

Aspen Words’ educational outreach program that brings accomplished professional writers to public schools in the greater Roaring Fork Valley, from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.



Presented in partnership with the Pitkin County Library, the community ready celebrates literature, unites readers around a work of fiction and ignites meaningful conversation on the vital social issues explored the winning book.

Become a Member!

Enjoy special access to Aspen Words events while supporting our programs!

Support Aspen Words

At Aspen Words, we focus on providing opportunities for readers and writers to connect through unique stories. The support of our members and community alike makes what we do possible. If you would like to help grow our organization, we accept donations of any size. Thank you for your consideration!


We are so thankful to have the support of our various sponsors who help us keep Aspen Words available to all writers and beyond.