past event

PEOPLE, PLACES, POV – Aspen Summer Words Virtual Panel

How do you create characters who are compelling and believable? How do you produce settings that have a life of their own? How do you figure out what voice and vantage point works best to tell your story? We’ll dive into these topics and other fundamentals of great writing. 

Petra Mayer
editor, NPR Books

Steve Almond
author of 10 books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times best-sellers “Candyfreakand “Against Football.

Christopher Castellaniauthor of four critically acclaimed novels and a collection of essays on point of view in fiction, “The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story” 

Lan Samantha Chang, novelist, professor of English and director of Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Yolanda Wisherformer poet laureate of Philadelphia and author of the poetry collection “Monk Easts an Afro”


ZOOM | 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mountain Time / 7:30-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time 


  • All panels will take place on Zoom Webinar and participants will be provided a link in an email confirmation upon completing registration for each panel. There is a unique link and password for each panel.
  • Workshop students do need to register for each panel to receive the proper Zoom link.
  • In the spirit of supporting literary community during these challenging times, there is no charge to enjoy the Aspen Summer Words Virtual panels. However, we need your support to carry out our mission and sustain literary arts programming. If you are in a position to give, please consider a donation to Aspen Words!

Event information
Thu Jun 11, 2020
5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT