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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Words Unboxed: Spoken Word for the Soul
Friday, October 18, 2019
Dancers’ Workshop Studio 1
Center for the Arts
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.
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.
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:
Nature Writing Outside The Box
August 18, 2018
New York Times correspondent Jim Robbins has been covering science and the environment for more than 35 years. As part of a visit to Jackson, he will conduct a three-hour workshop for all levels from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18, in the conference room at The Center, Glenwood Ave. entrance. Participation is limited to 12 people. So sign up early.
In a telephone interview, Jim said that in our understanding of science “There’s more going on than we know.” So participants can be expected to think outside the box when it comes to how they write about nature or science or their own lives. Come prepared to learn about how a journalist pulls together facts to create a compelling story. Come prepared to learn how you can do that yourself, whether you are writing an essay about wild birds, your backyard, or even family history.
His most recent books, The Wonder of Birds (Random House 2017) and The Man Who Planted Trees: A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet; Last Refuge (Random House 2012) demonstrate what he means by pushing against the limits of our understanding of what is possible, as well as what kind of relationship we have with the other inhabitants of this world. Chickens to raptors are treated equally through his words. A remarkable feat.
The evening before the workshop, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., he will be offering a free presentation called The Interpretation of Birds. This will be in the Ordway Auditorium at Teton County Library and is co-sponsored by the library, JHW and Teton Raptor Center. As a prelude to the talk (around 5:15 p.m.), there will be guest raptors greeting visitors in the gallery outside of the auditorium, as well as a book sale and signing. We are excited to partner with these organizations. Register Here
Jim has also written for numerous magazines, including Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, and Conservation. He has covered environmental and science stories across the United States and around the globe. Robbins also wrote A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback and co-authored The Open-Focus Brain and Dissolving Pain; both are from Shambhala. He lives in Helena, Montana.
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March 7-8, 2018
We are excited to bring Colorado fiction writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine to our community in March as part of a collaboration with Teton County Library and Teton Literacy Center. The programs are made possible by a ThinkWY grant from the Wyoming Humanities Council and from an Arts for All grant administered by the Center of Wonder.
In October 2017 Kali signed a two-book contract with Random House’s new imprint One World. Watch for Woman of Light and Sabrina and Corina. This contract signals her emergence as a writer of note, a writer to watch. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with an MFA in creative writing in 2013. Alyson Hagy, novelist and UW faculty member, gave her high marks and recommended her as a workshop leader. Her short stories have been published in numerous journals and she has taught at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, San Diego State University, and at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. She has held prestigious residencies, including one last summer at Yaddo and one in 2011 at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Kali’s two-day visit begins with a writing workshop, “Deep Mapping,” from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the conference room at the Center for the Arts. Participants will read a short story by Latina author Sandra Cisneros (copies provided in advance so preregistration by March 1 highly recommended) and then discuss the themes and their impacts on communities and individuals. The discussion will move into generative writing based loosely on William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways as a model for “deep mapping” of a story, whether fictional or not, whether eventually morphed into a poem. This workshop is geared toward high school age students and adults writing in English. Prepaid, online registration is $25. (If you send a check to JHW, PO Box 1974, Jackson, WY 83001, it must be received by us by March 1.) The workshop is limited to 12 people. Register Here.
Teton County Library and JHW will host a reading and informal soup & bread meal on Thursday, Mar. 8, from 12-1, in the Ordway Auditorium. this is free and will include some discussion of the reading. If you are planning to attend, please contact us so we have a guesstimate on attendance. Prior to the reading, Kali will be presenting a talk to the entire student body at Summit High School, sponsored by Teton County Library.
Teton Literacy Center is facilitating a storytelling event for high school age students who participate in their mentoring programing and the students’ parents on Thursday, March 8. This event is not open to the public and the Literacy Center will be having advance gatherings for those who will attend the after-work program. JHW is proud to be instrumental in bringing Kali to Jackson to meet with young Latina/Latino students, most of whom will be the first in their families to graduate from high school and to be applying for college. The Literacy Center is all about writing and reading.
“Walk The Line: The Line in Contemporary Poetry”
April 28, 2018, 9 a.m. to noon
Susan Goslee will offer this three hour workshop for writers at all levels. The workshop will be in the conference room, Center for the Arts. It should be fun and provocative.
“Poetry’s lineation—that the author, as opposed to any automatic justification, determines when readers return to the left margin—is the characteristic that most differentiates it from, if not defines it against, prose,” explains Susan. “For poetry in English, until the rise of free or open verse in the late 19th century, line breaks were determined in conjunction with strict formal rules—the fifth iamb in pentameter, for example. For poets writing today, however, open verse is the norm, and where to break lines can seem simultaneously exciting and daunting decisions.
“In this workshop, we will read samples of recently published poems to examine how a handful of established authors harness the power of the line. In particular, how do poets writing today establish and vary rhythm in open verse? Next, we will experiment with the line in our own writing through structured writing prompts, and we will develop strategies to incorporate new techniques for lineation as part of revision”
Susan’s poems have appeared in such journals as Volt, The Southampton Review, Drunken Boat, Cimarron Review, Prairie Schooner, and Diagram. In addition, poems from the Ligertown seriers have been published in West Branch, Permafrost and Juked. Check out some of her poems at: Spork Press. Her work is grounded in the very real world. In addition to teaching at Idaho State University, she is poetry editor at Prompt Press. (Feel free to ask her about this press when she is here.) She comes highly recommended by conference poetry faculty Bethany Schultz Hurst and Matt Daly, so she has to be an awesome teacher. What we want in our workshops!
Registration fee is $25 on line. If paying by check, we must receive the check by April 21 (JHW, PO Box 1974, Jackson, WY 83001). If you show up on April 28, chances are classes will be filled; if not, late registration is $35 day of. Register Here. The workshop is made possible by an Arts for All grant administered by Center of Wonder.