Jackson Hole Writers hosts workshops and craft intensives throughout the year. These special events are designed to provide a deep dive into specific aspects of the craft of writing, for writers at all levels. 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 Jackson Hole Writers Conference; scroll through the list to find the workshop you are interested in. Our workshops are generally $25, if PAID for on line or by check at least one week before the workshop. If we do not receive your check, we ill take you off the registration list. If a workshop does not fill, registration on workshop day is $35. Our workshops generally fill a week before they are held, and if you register, but don’t pay and then don’t come, that means somebody else could NOT come, because we have closed the registration. Thank you so much for registering and paying on line.
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, depending on the workshop, but please bring beverage of choice and any special needs foods. Bring writing implements. Please arrive early if you have not preregistered. We like to start on time.
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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.