Kids Writing Workshops

Young Authors Writing Camps
Wednesdays beginning June 27, 2018
Teton County Library’s Ordway Auditorium

Updated (more details to come): October 3, 2017

“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

Jackson Hole Writers is once again partnering with the Teton County Library to offer writing sessions for middle-graders (10-13), though older students are welcome to attend. Our faculty does not dumb down these workshops. All levels of writers are welcome. And you will get lots of time to write this year.

This year’s camps will offer six weekly sessions: two for sci-fi/fantasy (some with a humorous twist); two for realistic fiction, and one for nature/outdoor writing. The last session will be for those who want to play with words and make nonsense to music and maybe write some poetry or prose with a lyric tone–a kind of anything goes session. Just because you LOVE fantasy doesn’t mean you can’t learn something from realistic fiction. Or vice versa. Dialogue, setting scenes, making it real are important ingredients in ALL writing. And letting the imagination fly is important as well.

Each session will be four hours–because 2017 participants wanted more time to write!–and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays (skipping July 4). There will be a 30-minute break for lunch,so participants should bring a sack lunch (unless we come up with a lunch sponsor). We will provide snacks and juices in the morning and afternoon as well.

This year’s author/teachers come from Arizona, Utah and around Wyoming, and include award-winning, nationally-recognized, best-selling writers, who have all worked with young people. Read about them below. There were will be books available for sale and author signing following each session. And we are working on a celebratory public reading for friends and family in August.

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!

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-news there. 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) and from Teton County Library. We are working to obtain more funding. If you are interested in supporting this effort, Contact us.


Jewell Parker Rhodes

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning, best-selling author of Towers Falling and the Louisiana Girls Trilogy:  Ninth Ward, Sugar and Bayou Magic. Ghost Boys will be her fifth novel for middle-graders and is forthcoming in April, 2018. Jewell writes about the real world and real world events as seen through middle-grade age youngsters. She is not afraid of tackling tough topics. Her affection for teaching and her joy for life are contagious during her workshops. Throughout her sessions she shares stories about her childhood in PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania, her writer aspirations, and her writing process. Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director and the Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She is also a professor of Creative Writing and American Literature and the former Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing You can read more about her on her own website or at wikipedia. Jewell will also be a featured speaker and workshop leader at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference on June 28.


Frank L. Cole

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Frank L. Cole was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Sadly, he has since lost that manuscript and can no longer remember what it was about. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot. Currently, along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted. He is the author of nine published books, including The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine and The Afterlife Academy. His tenth novel, Potion Masters (Book One) – The Eternity Elixir, will be available in January. Frank also teaches “boot camps” for young writers, which incorporate fun and writing. Learn more about Frank’s writing. He also offers up discussion questions for teachers and parents as well.


Jennifer A. Nielsen

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jennifer also has an awesome page on her website with tips for young writers. A good resource at any time for any writer.


Early registration is suggested as space is limited. You will have to sign up for each day separately.

Teachers who might be interested in sitting in, please use contact form to let us know. We are happy to accommodate teachers who are working with the same age group, but space is limited by the size of the Youth Auditorium.