Aspen Writers' Foundation

Since the winter of 1998, the Aspen Writers' Foundation has presented Winter Words, an annual author series that elevates the written word off the page and onto the stage. Over the years, dozens of literati, including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award honorees, and bestselling authors, have engaged Aspen audiences after the lifts close during this "Après Ski for the Mind" program.

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Writers' Foundation are proud to bring you these podcasts to you.  

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6:01pm

Wed June 19, 2013
2013 Summer Words

Summer Words - Memories of the Motherland

Memories of the Motherland

History, memory, personal stories, family ties … Two authors of Chinese descent discuss how China informs their writing, their understanding of the past and their worldview as Asian Americans.

Panelists: Lisa See, Sandra Tsing Loh

Moderator: Amy Kwei

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5:08pm

Wed June 19, 2013
2013 Summer Words

Summer Words - Following Your Obsession

Follow Your Obsession

"Write what you know” might be the most famous (and famously misunderstood) piece of writing advice, but Kafka had other ideas: “Don't bend; don't water it down . . . Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” Three writers weigh in on chasing their obsessions in their work.

Panelists: David Lipsky, Nino Ricci, Scott Lasser

Moderator: Barbara Dills

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9:33am

Wed June 19, 2013
2013 Summer Words

Summer Words - The Great Firewall

The Great Firewall

Join us in a conversation that explores censorship in China: how censorship affects the literature produced there, authors in their work, and the types of stories we hear from abroad.

Panelists: James Fallows, Yiyun Li

Moderator: Melissa M. Long

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6:04pm

Tue June 18, 2013
2013 Summer Words

Summer Words - Publishing Industry Insiders Tell All

Publishing Industry Insiders Tell All

For those who live outside of Manhattan, the publishing industry can seem byzantine at best. How does it all work--and are eBooks really changing everything? Industry pros will give the inside scoop around breakout books, landing an agent and the impact of today’s technology on what (and how!) we’ll be reading tomorrow.

Panelists: Kathleen Anderson, Rebecca Saletan, Victoria Skurnick

Moderator:  Cathy O'Connell


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4:41pm

Tue June 18, 2013
2013 Summer Words

Summer Words - Courting the Muse

Courting the Muse

When inspiration strikes, writing can feel as easy as turning on the faucet. But what happens when the well runs dry? Writers share tips for quieting the inner critic and coaxing the muse back into the room.

Panelists: Nino Ricci, Pam Houston, David Mason

Moderator: Julie Comins Pickrell

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