In Collaboration with the Catto Charitable Foundation
The Aspen Writers' Foundation's (AWF) Writer in Residence program offers writers an opportunity to spend one month in Woody Creek, CO to focus on current writing projects. The residency provides a space for authors to nourish their craft, giving them time to write, meet AWF members, and convene with other authors. A monthly reading and talk event will be held for each resident author, among other special appearances by the writer to valley schools and private AWF member functions.
The residency includes a Catch and Release community reading initiative, which provides free books in an effort to familiarize community members with the current writer in residence and to inspire a love of reading. Books are distributed to local organizations and are available to read and share.
Book pickup locations include: Woody Creek Community Center, Pitkin County Library, and The Red Brick Center for the Arts.
Pick up a book, read it, pass it along, and join us each month to welcome the AWF’s Writer in Residence!
AWF's January Writer in Residence Brad Watson
Brad Watson is an award-winning writer and the author of three books of fiction. His first book, Last Days of the Dog-Men (1996), won the Sue Kauffman prize and his second book, The Heaven of Mercury (2002), won awards from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, the Southern Book Critics Circle, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Watson’s latest collection of stories, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (2010), won the MIAL prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Brad’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among others. Originally from Meridian, Mississippi, he lives in Laramie and teaches at the University of Wyoming.
Jan 13 | 6pm
Catch and Release: Free Books!
The Aspen Writers’ Foundation is
giving out books to introduce you to our January Writer in Residence.
Take one, pass it along, and come meet the author!
In partnership with W.W. Norton & Company
More info: 970.925.3122
Writers are selected based on artistic excellence, availability and fit within the program. Prospective writers must be nominated by editors, agents or other professionals familiar with the applicant’s work. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis by a panel chosen by AWF’s creative director and program manager. Applications from writers working in any genre and of all perspectives and demographics are encouraged.
Applications/recommendations should include the following:
A letter of recommendation
Publication history (including reviews, endorsements, awards, etc.)
Brief description of what the applicant plans to work on during his/her residency
Work sample (10-20 pages)
Links to websites, etc.
Responsibilities of Residents
Writers in Residence are expected to comply with the AWF and Catto Charitable Foundation policies and procedures, which are designed to maximize the experience for all participants, staff, and supporters. The AWF and Catto Charitable Foundation provide a multi-bedroom home on acres of open space in Woody Creek, CO for one month at no cost. In exchange, writers must participate in one AWF public event, one AWF member dinner, and speak at a Roaring Fork Valley high school.