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Aspen Summer Words

One of the nation’s most highly regarded literary gatherings, Aspen Summer Words (ASW), is a program presented by Aspen Words (formerly the Aspen Writers' Foundation). Summer Words is an annual six-day literary festival held in late June that features panel discussions, readings, and both juried and non-juried writing workshops led by award-winning writers and publishers. At Summer Words, event participants learn from some of the most successful and recognized writers in the world; attendees have the unique opportunity to learn from the absolute best.

One-part writers retreat, and one-part literary festival, Summer Words hosts intensive daily morning workshops for retreat participants to help them hone their craft. Writers and publishers share useful advice on getting your creative juices flowing, how to find inspiration, and how to get started on a project―all of which can be applied to other fields beyond the literary.

In the afternoons and evenings, Summer Words hosts public events that range from presentations to readings to panel discussions. Evening events at The Belly Up allow locals and visitors to experience the festivities and mingle with participants. 

Summer Words is not just for emerging and published writers; anyone interested in receiving tips from successful writers and learning more about being a writer in today's literary landscape will find attending Summer Words to be a rewarding experience.

Attend Aspen Summer Words to find inspiration for your passion projects, or just revel in the art of the written word.

Attend Aspen Summer Words

Visiting Aspen this summer? Attend Aspen Summer Words.

The concierge staff at the Aspen Square Condominium Hotel is available to assist you with your vacation plans. Our concierge can help you select the perfect Summer Words events and purchase your tickets so that they're ready when you arrive at the Aspen Square Hotel.

Guests can learn more about Aspen Summer Words by contacting our concierge by phone at 1-866-285-7876 or by email at Non-guests may contact Aspen Words directly by calling (970) 925-3122.