Consider volunteering with TLC’s young writers

Got some ideas for spooky stories!? This fall foster young writers through a collaboration with Teton Literacy Center. I did it this past spring and was inspired by these young enthusiastic writers and their teachers. The meet-ups are only an hour and you can commit to one class or several. The most important thing you need is a willingness to have fun.

Teton Literacy Center’s after school clubs are for Kindergarten- through fifth-grade youngsters. The clubs meet at Jackson Elementary and at Colter Elementary, and depending on the day, the students will be focused on a particular topic. The schedule is fairly complicated and you can check it out specifically on line. They are Mondays through Thursdays, after school! The fall clubs run from Sept. 11 through December 21. Generally, the teachers are looking for help generating writing with the students and would love to have help in October especially.

The After-School Club topics this fall are Music Madness (1st-5th grade), Natural Disasters (K-2nd grade), Puppeteering (3rd-5th grade), Spooky Stories (K-5th grade)–I’m opting for this one!– and Spark (6th-8thgrade), which is more about mentors coming in and talking about what they do for a living/work. Spark program is with JH Middle School. EMT? Lawyer? Accountant? Run a restaurant? They’d love to hear from you.

Volunteers are needed each week for one hour, from 4-5 p.m., beginning Monday, Sept. 11. (This doesn’t mean you have to volunteer every week; they love for a writer to come in for the generative or revision sessions.) I’m taking on spooky stories with a kindergarten group and a 3rd-5th grade group. We all have some quietly scary stories, I am sure, or ideas to spark them.

Make a commitment, if you can. The specific TLC teacher will connect with the volunteer writer to help develop a clear plan for their visiting partner day. They make it easy. It couldn’t be simpler or more fun! The teachers are extremely helpful in teaching for success.

You can contact us and we will get your info to TLC:

Or contact Kristin Livingstone, directly. She is the program manager for TLC. Her number is 307-733-9242, ext 224. Or email her at  She can set you up with a teacher for a particular program.

JHW also is working to partner with TLC to bring Latina writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine to Jackson for a workshop for young Latina teens who are focused on going to college — the first in their families to do so — and their mothers. We also plan to do a separate workshop called “deep mapping.” With grant support, we hope to bring Kali in mid-March. Watch for details soon.

–Connie Wieneke