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Aspen Summer Words, June 20 - 23, 2022

A gathering of the nation's greatest literary minds

Widely recognized as one of the nation's top literary events, Aspen Summer Words brings together authors, literary agents, editors, and other prominent literary figures for intimate, advanced workshops where experts share their extensive knowledge in topics ranging from an introduction to the craft of writing to the development of a manuscript for publication.

2022 Featured Events Open to the Public

Purchase an event pass to attend these events open to the public.

Faculty Readings | June 20, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Get to know the Aspen Words faculty through this presentation of each staff member's favorite piece of writing. Staff members include poets, memoirists, journalists, and fiction writers. 

What's the Point (of View)? | June 22, 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This craft conversation answers questions writers often grapple with: Why use first person versus third person? How do you write from the perspective of someone different from you? Panelists include Lan Samantha Chang and Joanna Rakoff.

Creating Compelling Characters | June 22, 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Panelists Robert Kolker, Fonda Lee, and Natalie Serber discuss rendering complexities of the human experience in written word with strategies and techniques that move abstract imaginings to fully formed characters.

The Takeaway Panel | June 23, 3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.

To close out an inspiring week, Summer Words faculty shares insights about the writing life and how to keep momentum going in your own practice.

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