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Aspen Words Goes Virtual For Summer Programming

Courtesy Aspen Words

Aspen Words is going online with part of its Summer Words Writers Conference & Literary Festival due to COVID-19. The literary organization kicks off its June programming virtually with a writing workshop hosted by the literary organization’s executive director Adrienne Brodeur. The discussion focuses on the ins and outs of writing about real people (Thursday, June 4, 5:30 p.m.).

Brodeur’s discussion is the first of five free panels, discussions and workshops; other panelists include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and memoirist Gregory Pardlo, “Dear Sugars” podcaster Steve Almond and Philadelphia’s former poet laureate Yolanda Wisher. 

Other virtual discussions aimed at aspiring and published authors include a Zoom discussion called “People, Places, POV,” hosted by Petra Mayer, an editor at NPR Books (Thursday, June 11, 5:30 p.m.). “Can I Write About This?” is hosted by author Leah Henderson, and discusses the boundaries of writing about diverse communities (Tuesday, June 16, 5:30 p.m.). Prospective authors can Zoom in for “The Business of Being a Writer” with a panel of novelists and editors (Wednesday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.).

The discussions can be streamed for free. A full lineup and registration for each event can be found on Aspen Words’ website


Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.