Kids Writing Workshops

Thank you to everyone who participated in Kids Camp this year – our workshop leaders, volunteers, and students! We had such a great summer!

Check back in February for a line-up of 2020’s visiting authors!

Young Authors Writing Camps

“My son loved the writing workshops! Thank you JHW for all the work you did to organize this event. He attended all 3 days and was so inspired. He came home each day wanting to write more, expanding on something they discussed in the workshop or starting a new story. Already looking forward to next year.” –Lauren Rues

For the third year Jackson Hole Writers is partnering with the Teton County Library to offer writing sessions for middle-graders, and older students are always welcome to attend.  A good attitude is all that is required. Our faculty does not dumb down these workshops. All levels of writers are welcome. 

Each session will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting June 26 and running every Wednesday in July. There will be a 20 to 30 minute break for lunch,so participants should bring a sack lunch. We will provide snacks and juices in the morning and afternoon as well.

“She gave us examples, and made us participate actively. (She) couldn’t have been better.”–Student evaluation for 2017 camp.

On the final day there will be drawings for prizes (books, gift certificates) for the youngsters who attended at least five out of the six sessions. Come to the entire series and there will be other special prizes! We are planning an ice cream social in order to give all students who participated in even one workshop the opportunity to read their works aloud to an audience.  So bring your family and friends back at 2:15 on July 31.

Remember to register separately for each session. (The registration button is at the bottom of this page.) If you have problems, email us through Contact. To keep apprised of writing happenings in the area, please sign up for our e-newsletter. If you attended the Kids Camp last year, you are already on it.

We are proud to have received support from Center of Wonder through the Arts for All grants (formerly Cultural Council of Jackson Hole), from the Center of Wonder’s C3 grant initiative for creative education, from a Community Grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Book Trader, and from Teton County Library. We are working to obtain more funding. If you are interested in supporting this effort, Contact us.

Bruce Coville

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bruce has published over 100 books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels. His best known works include the recently filmed Aliens Ate My Homework, as well as Into the Land of the Unicorns, and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. His writing has appeared in sixteen languages and won children‘s choice awards in over a dozen states. He has spoken at schools and libraries around the world and is a three-time keynoter for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators national conference in Los Angeles. He is also the founder of FULL CAST AUDIO, a multiple-award-winning audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings of great children’s books, and has produced, directed, and performed in over 125 recordings.


Anne Marie Wells

The Art of the Story Arc

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Anne Marie is Jackson Hole Writers’ assistant director. In 2014, she published her bilingual children’s book, Mamã, porque sou uma ave?/Mommy, Why Am I a Bird? Since then she has spent a large part of her time active in Jackson’s community theater as an actress, playwright, and founding member of the playwriting group, First Folio. She earned first place in the Riot Act New Play Festival in 2017 for her play, Love and Radio (and Zombies… Kind Of), and earned second place in 2018 for her play, Last. Only. Best. Two of her other theatrical works have been produced locally: Miss Snicklefritz’s Murder Mystery: Ghouls, Duels, and Deals and The Unhappy Holiday Party. She is also an avid storyteller, having performed in several Cabin Fever Story Slams as well as The Moth Mainstage. 

Debbi Michiko Florence

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Debbi Michiko Florence, a third generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher, raptor rehabilitator, and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series is Jasmine Toguchi. The first book of the series, Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen, was a Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Books of the Year, on the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2018 CCBC Choices List (Best of the Year). Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl, and Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper were Junior Library Guild selections and on the Chicago Public Library’s Best Of lists two years in a row. Debbi is also the author of the early chapter book series, Dorothy and Toto, and the upcoming chapter book series My Furry Foster Family. Debbi has spoken on panels at NCTE, Decatur Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, among others; taught writing workshops at SCBWI conferences; and presented at numerous schools. She will be a guest faculty speaker for the Highlights Foundation workshop on writing early chapter books the summer of 2019.


Traci Jones

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

While raising her kids Ms. Jones was reminded of her love for writing and began working towards earning a Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Denver. One of those courses led to the writing and completion of her first book, Standing Against the Wind. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) in 2006, Standing would win the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award in 2006, a national award that is occasionally awarded to new authors. Two more books with FSG followed in 2010 and 2011, Finding My Place and Silhouetted by the Blue. In 2018 she signed with Metamorphosis Literary Agency and is represented by agent Patty Carouthers. She is currently working on her fourth book, Dead Certain. In 2016 she joined the faculty of the Mile Hi MFA in Creative Writing program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where she teaches young adult fiction.


J. Scott Savage

Writing Fantasy and World Building

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

J. Scott Savage has been writing and publishing novels for over seventeen years. He is the author of the eighteen published novels including: the Mysteries of Cove series, the Case File 13 series, the Farworld series, the Shandra Covington series, and others. His books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, been named a Junior Library Guild selection, an Amazon book of the month, a Barnes and Noble select book, and won several awards. He is represented by Michael Bourret of Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret and has presented at many schools and conferences.

Hilary Camino

Writing Lyrics for Music

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hilary Camino is a nationally certified music therapist.  Her most recent work with the aging adult population can be found in St. John’s Medical Center’s installation of the “Legacy Series,” where five songs written during group and individual music therapy sessions are presented alongside background information on the development of each piece.  Hilary has written and recorded original music with the band Freda Felcher on their most recent album, Human Love.  Hilary has been a resident of Jackson, Wyoming for the last six years and has worked as a vocalist with various artists and groups including: Whiskey Mornin, Freda Felcher, Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, Joe Rudd’s Ladies Night, and Maddy and the Groove Spots. Hilary also writes and performs her own solo music throughout Jackson Hole for private and local performances. 


Early registration is suggested as space is limited. You can sign up for individual sessions or for the entire series. If you have to cancel at a later date, please let us know at jhwritersconf at gmail dot com ASAP.

Teachers who might be interested in sitting in, please use the contact form to let us know. We are happy to accommodate teachers who are working with the same age group. Also if you would like to volunteer for any portion of a camp, let us know as well.


With support in 2018 & 2019 from:


The Musser Fund