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ASPEN WORDS ANNOUNCES SUMMER WORDS PUBLIC EVENTS

 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
ASPEN WORDS ANNOUNCES SUMMER WORDS PUBLIC EVENTS
June writers conference and literary festival to feature J. Courtney Sullivan, Margot Lee Shetterly, Peter Ho Davies and other acclaimed authors
 
Aspen, CO (May 25, 2018) – Passes are on sale now for the public events at the Aspen Summer Words Writing Conference and Literary Festival, to be held June 17-22 in Aspen. The conference, founded in 1976, includes juried and non-juried writing workshops, networking with publishing agents and editors and a readers retreat. Author panels in the afternoons and evenings provide an opportunity for locals and visitors to participate in the literary festivities.

The first evening panel, on June 18 at The Gant Conference Center, will focus on Real Life Stories and How to Tell Them. Authors Margot Lee Shetterly (“Hidden Figures”), Heather Harpham(“Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After”), Beth Nguyen (“Stealing Buddha’s Dinner”) and Aran Shetterly (“The Americano: Fighting with Castro for Cuba’s Freedom”), will talk about why personal stories--whether memoir or narrative nonfiction--matter and who has the right to tell them. They’ll also discuss the art of writing about your own life, or someone else’s, in a compelling way.

The second evening panel, The Writer’s Life: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, will take place at Belly Up on June 20. Panelists J. Courtney Sullivan, Margot Lee Shetterly and Peter Ho Davies will explore what it means to be a writer in this cultural and political moment, and how to navigate the noise and create art in chaotic times. Sullivan is a New York Times best-selling author whose latest novel, “Saints for All Occasions,” was one of The Washington Post’s top 10 books of 2017. Davies teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan and is the author, most recently, of “The Fortunes,” a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Shetterly is the executive producer of the blockbuster movie “Hidden Figures,” based on her best-selling nonfiction book.
Afternoon panels at The Gant include: How to Start a Writing Project and Make it to the Finish Line, What Every Writer Needs to Know about Working with Agents + Editors and the annual classic, The Takeaway. Complete event descriptions and panelist bios, along with event passes, are available at aspenwords.org. Individual tickets are available for purchase at the door for $25.
For participants looking for a deeper dive into the Summer Words experience, space is available in the three-day readers retreat focused on great stories from Vanity Fair magazine and moderated by VF contributing editor Bruce Handy, as well as a five-day generative writing workshop taught by novelist and writing professor Helen Schulman. Also on sale: tickets and tables to the annual Aspen Words Summer Benefit on June 19 at the Hotel Jerome. This year’s benefit features author Mohsin Hamid, winner of the inaugural $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize.
SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC EVENTS 
MONDAY, JUNE 18
How to Start a Writing Project and Make It to the Finish Line
The Gant I 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Panelists: Tina Chang, Bruce Handy, Anthony Marra, Helen Schulman,
Just like in stories, beginnings and endings are important in your writing process. Helen Schulman, Anthony Marra, Tina Chang and Bruce Handy share advice about how to launch a new project, navigate the revision stage and make it to the finish line.

Real Life Stories and How to Tell Them
The Gant I 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Panelists: Heather Harpham, Beth Nguyen, Aran Shetterly, Margot Lee Shetterly,
Why do personal stories--whether memoir or narrative nonfiction--matter and who has the right to tell them? Margot Lee Shetterly, Heather Harpham, Beth Nguyen and Aran Shetterly discuss the art of writing about your own life, or someone else’s, in a compelling way.
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
What Every Writer Should Know about Working with Agents + Editors
The Gant, 4 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Panelists: Brettne Bloom, Ben Loehnen, Barbara Jones, Ayesha Pande, J. Courtney Sullivan,
What does it take to have a successful working relationship with an agent and editor? Writer- agent pair J. Courtney Sullivan and Brettne Bloom will be joined by editors Ben Loehnen and Barbara Jones and agent Ayesha Pande to discuss the dynamics of effective literary collaborations.

The Writer’s Life: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
The Belly Up I 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Panelists: Peter Ho Davies, Margot Lee Shetterly,  J. Courtney Sullivan
The world can feel like a complicated place these days. What does it mean to be a writer in this cultural and political moment? Margot Lee Shetterly, J. Courtney Sullivan and Peter Ho Davies discuss how to navigate the noise and create art in chaotic times.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 21
The Takeaway
The Gant I 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Panelists: Tina Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Heather Harpham, Anthony Marra, Helen Schulman
After a creative, inspiring week in Aspen, how do you keep the momentum going when you return to your writing desk? Summer Words faculty share their advice and discuss what they wish they’d known before publishing their first books, among other topics.
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READERS RETREAT: Literary Journalism with a Dash of Pizzazz—Great Stories from
Vanity Fair

June 18-20 I 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Gant, 610 S W. End St.
$425, includes lunch and all public events
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BEGINNING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH HELEN SCHULMAN
June 17-22 I 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Gant, 610 S W. End St.
$1,525, includes lunch and all public events

For more information, visit aspenwords.org.

Questions or requests for author interviews can be directed to: 
Elizabeth Nix, Program Coordinator
Aspen Words | The Aspen Institute
[email protected]
Phone: 970-925-3122 ext. 4
 
 
Aspen Words was founded in 1976 as a literary center based in Aspen, CO. A program of the Aspen Institute, its mission is to encourage writers, inspire readers, and connect people through the power of stories. For more information, visit www.aspenwords.org/.
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, D.C; Aspen, CO; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org

4th of July Parade Waiver

2018 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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