Workshops & Events

Jackson Hole Writers hosts workshops and craft intensives throughout the year. These special events are designed for writers of all levels and aim to provide a deep dive into specific aspects of the craft of writing. They teach new skills and provide exclusive opportunities to work with established authors, agents, editors, and publishers.

To register and pay for a workshop, you will be redirected to the Jackson Hole Writers Conference website; scroll through the list to find the workshop you are interested in. Our workshops are generally $25, if paid for online or by check at least one week before the workshop. If we do not receive your check a week in advance, we will take you off the registration list. (Our workshops generally fill a week before they are held, so if you register without paying in advance and then do not attend, someone who could have filled that spot would be denied because registration would be closed.) If a workshop does not fill, registration on the day of the workshop is $35.

Remember: If you join Friends of the Pen, or if you gave $100 or more in 2018, you can receive a code that gives you a 10% discount on workshops and conference registration. Please contact us.

Some healthy snacks may be on hand, but please bring a beverage and any special needs foods in addition to your writing implements.

**Please arrive early if you have not preregistered. We like to start on time.**

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2020 Workshops

Dr. Mike Brotherton
The Science of Storytelling: How Wyoming Skies Inspire Cross-Disciplinary Exploration

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 (Time TBD)
Center for the Arts Conference Room

$25, online registration; $35 if you register day of
(Teen writers allowed to attend for free, but please register still.)

Thanks to the generosity of the Wyoming Humanities Council, in collaboration with Wyoming Stargazing, we will be hosting a science fiction writing workshop in Spring 2020 with published author, Dr. Mike Brotherton, of the University of Wyoming. Stay tuned for more details on the workshop. In the meantime, learn a little bit about Dr. Brotherton below.

Originally from the St. Louis area, he got his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas in 1996, and held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Kitt Peak National Observatory before moving to Laramie, Wyoming. His specialty is studying the supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies and how they shine when in the active phase. He is also interested in the relationship between such active galactic nuclei (AGN) and their host galaxies, and their mutual evolution. His work is primarily observational, and he uses a wide assortment of telescopes/observatories operating across the electromagnetic spectrum including WIRO, McDonald, IRTF, KPNO, Lick, Keck, Gemini, the VLT, Hubble, Chandra, and the VLA. He also makes use of data archives such as the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys. In addition to being a scientist, he is a science fiction writer, author of the well-received science fiction novels Star Dragon (2003) and Spider Star (2008) from Tor Books. He is also the founder of the NASA-funded Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers, which brings a dozen award-winning professional writers to Wyoming every summer.


THE ARCHIVES

2019 Workshops

Amanda Eke
Words Unboxed: Spoken Word for the Soul

Free Performance
Friday, October 18, 2019
7 PM
Dancers’ Workshop Studio 1
Center for the Arts
Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9 AM – Noon
Center for the Arts Conference Room

$15, online registration; $25 if you register day of
(Teen writers allowed to attend for free, but please register still.)

Amanda Eke recently returned to the States from the University of Malta where she acted as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. through the Fulbright Fellowship. During her time in Malta, she developed novel curricula for the university’s English Department in spoken word and used spoken word and music to teach English to migrants and refugees. She has presented at Harvard College, University of California Davis, University of California Berkeley, and Purdue University. Some of her most notable lectures are: Freedom, Call it by Any Other Name: Black Utopias in Music; Black Women in Classical Music; What a Time to be Alive: The Inundation of Social Media on Activism; The New Millennium of Black Women in Contemporary Music; To Be Young Gifted and Black: A Look at the Visionary Activism by Black Female Musicians; and Black Musicianship: A Look at the Cost of Black Womanhood in Music. 

During the October Workshop, Amanda will present introductory concepts to spoken word poetry including rhythm, meter, cadence, and rhyme scheme. She will also introduce a variety of poetry writing styles and templates as well as use theatrical and choral techniques to engage and unlock participants’ creativity.

The workshop will be held from 9 AM to noon on Saturday, October 19, in the conference room of the Center for the Arts, Glenwood Avenue entrance. Registration is limited to 12, but if we have more participants, we will notify registered participants about a change of location. Light snacks will be provided, but please bring your own beverage and writing implements.

Support for Amanda Eke’s workshop came from the Center of Wonder’s Arts for All grant.



Stephen Dyer
Screenwriting Workshop
presented by Alta Branch Library

Saturday, October 19 & 26, 2019
10 AM – 1 PM
Community Room
Alta Branch Library
Free online registration

Do you have a great idea for a movie? Are you a writer who would like to venture into a different format? Please join Stephen Dyer, an experienced screenwriter, for a workshop on October 19 & 26. Students will get advice on formatting and storytelling, participate in writing exercises, and will leave with enough specific structure and foundation to make a real attempt at a first draft and/or to earnestly revise existing work. Prerequisite homework will be emailed out prior to the first class.

Contact Stephanie Crockett 307.733.2164 x3130 or scrockett@tclib.org


Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Saturday, May 18, 2019
9AM – Noon
Center for the Arts Conference Room

$25, online registration; $35, day of
(Teen writers allowed to attend for free. Please contact us to register separately.)

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is from Denver, Colorado. Her fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Kali has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, and Hedgebrook. She received her MFA from the University of Wyoming and has lived across the country, from Durango, Colorado, to Key West, Florida.

During the May Workshop, Kali will work with participants on utilizing the power of story to re-imagine their own narratives, both personal and fictional. Kali will walk participants through a number of writing prompts which will encourage growth and optimism in the face of adversity. She will use examples from her own writing and the writing of other published authors to push participants to create long-term and short-term goals that change their narratives for the better

The workshop will be held from 9 am to noon on Saturday, May 18, in the conference room of the Center for the Arts, Glenwood Avenue entrance. Registration is limited to 12, but if we have more participants, we will notify registered participants about a change of location. Light snacks will be provided, but please bring your own beverage and writing implements.

Janet Fox

Taking Your Writing To The Next Level

Saturday, April 20, 2019
9AM – Noon
Center for the Arts Conference Room

$25, online registration; $35, day of

Janet Fox is the author of several books for young readers. “Some of my books are set in mystical places,” she writes on her website. “Some of my books are about mystical events.”

The April workshop is not just limited to writers of books for children and young adults. What Janet has to convey, in terms of craft, applies to all fiction books.

“I’m calling it a next-tier presentation, designed for writers who are stuck,” she says, “or have a messy first draft, or need to understand the revision process.”

Janet’s fascination with history, mystery, romance, and adventure meld into her works of fiction. Her most recent book, Volcano Dreams, a non-fiction picture book from Web of Life Books, was published in September 2018. She has also written The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle (Viking 2016), plus Sirens, Forgiven, and Faithful, three young adult novels from Penguin.

The workshop will be held from 9 am to noon on Saturday, April 20, in the conference room of the Center for the Arts, Glenwood Avenue entrance. Registration is limited to 12, so pre-registration is highly recommended. Light snacks will be provided, but please bring your own beverage and writing implements.

Support for this workshop comes from Arts for All!, with monies from the Town of Jackson and Teton County. The grant is administered by: