Workshops & Events

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. They teach new skills and provide exclusive opportunities to work with established authors, agents, editors, and publishers.

For paid workshop registration, you will be redirected to Jackson Hole Writers Conference; scroll through the list to find the workshop you are interested in. If you join Friends of the Pen, you will receive a code that gives you a 10% discount on workshops and conference registration. Some healthy snacks will be on hand, but please bring beverage of choice and any special needs foods. Bring writing implements. Please arrive early if you have not pre-registered.


Upcoming 2017 workshops:

Novelist Pete Fromm Fiction Workshop (April 29, 2017, Center for the Arts, Conference Room, 9am – noon, register on line $25, or $35 day of workshop)

As of April 20, this workshop has filled. If you want to be on the waiting list or show up in case someone fails to appear, please use the contact form to email us. We are excited that writers are signing up early for our events.

While Pete Fromm‘s most recent book is a memoir, The Names of the Stars, published by St.Martins in 2016, he is coming to Jackson for a fiction craft workshop. His cred includes  three novels If Not For This, As Cool as I Am, and How All This Started, all of which have won Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards. Pete is definitely not afraid to address issues of family and love and adversity, what makes us human. Things definitely happen in his fiction.

We are excited to bring Pete to Jackson for this craft-oriented workshop, which he has titled: Beginning to End, With A Side Trip to the Swirling Vortex of Doom.

“This workshop will be a pretty much nuts and bolts look at prose in general,” Pete explains, “and the short story in particular, looking at various craft elements such as description and dialogue and truly inhabiting your characters, as well as discussing story beginnings and pushing your story toward the deep end, where the really good stuff happens.”

Judy Blunt has written this about his novels: “Pete Fromm has an amazing gift for creating characters we think we know.” Can’t we all learn something from such a writer and teacher? Plus, he got high marks from a favorite short story writer, Ron Carlson (he used to come to Jackson for workshops): “Here, brave and unabashed, is a novel about love, two sweet droll people who become a family, and then real trouble magnifies everything.” Somebody famous once said that all fiction better have some trouble.

Pete’s first memoir, Indian Creek Chronicles tells the story of the seven months he spent alone in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness guarding salmon eggs during winter. It also won the PNWB award, as did his story collection Dry Rain. The film of As Cool as I Am was released in 2013; it looks like a cool film. Check it out, but more importantly read Pete Fromm. He is the author of four other story collections and has published over two hundred stories in magazines.  He is on the faculty of Oregon’s Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program and lives in Montana.

Valley Bookstore will have books available following the workshop for sale and signing.

As of March 21, seven people have signed up for this workshop. Space is limited to 13, so early registration advised.

 


 

Young Authors Writing Camp (June 19-21, 2017, Teton County Library, free): 

Open to authors age 10-17. These FREE science fiction and fantasy workshops will allow young writers (middle grade to YA) to explore their creative side with authors including Amy Kathleen Ryan, Peggy Eddleman, and Scott Savage. TA Barron will also offer a talk on Monday, June 19, at the library for the entire community.The Writing Camp is in partnership with Teton County Library and with a C3 grant from Center of Wonder.

Our goal with this kids writing camp is to inspire children and young adults to read more, write more, and to express themselves through the literary arts. We at JH Writers hope each child will come away filled with creative energy and new confidence.

Popular demand for middle grade participation in ALL of the sessions has meant that some middle graders are signing up for the June 20th YA/high school session with Amy Kathleen Ryan as well as the middle grade sessions. She said they are more than welcome to join that group. A number have already signed up, so we are letting parents and kids know that it’s OK. If a parent has a concern, he or she can contact us and we will have them chat with Amy Kathleen Ryan.

The Workshops (each participant needs to choose and register for each workshop she/he wants to attend):

  • Monday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Teton County Library Youth Auditorium. Middle-Grade Writing Workshop. Instructor: Scott Savage. Ten Tools To Bring Your Writing To Life. Ever have an idea that  sounds great in your head, but just doesn’t seem quite as exciting when you put it on paper. Ever wish you could make your stories more exciting? More real.? Join J Scott Savage to discover ten tools that make your stories fly off the page and into your readers’ imaginations. Learn how to build worlds, what kinds of details add reality, how to make characters come to life. And the best part: these tools are just as much for the writer as for the reader. Scott’s Mysteries of the Cove series earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. While his hero Trenton takes the reader into “an ingenious steampunk world” in this series, kids reading the Case File 13 will be laughing as chills climb their spines. And then there is the Far World. This workshop can’t help but excite readers of any age. His website even features stuff JUST FOR KIDS. After the workshop, Valley Bookstore will be selling books for Scott to sign. Parents can come to that!
  • Monday, June 19, 6 p.m. at the Teton County Library Ordway Auditorium. Special Presentation: Magical Worlds and Inspiring Heroes. Speaker: T.A. Barron. There will be books for sale and to sign following TA Barron’s presentation. J. Scott Savage also will be present to sign books as well. Come join us for a special evening. TA’s books get high marks from Booklist (“Completely magical…will enchant readers”) to Isabel Allende (“Brilliant”), from Terry Tempest Williams (“fables for our time”) to School Library Journal (“A wonderful storyteller”). Be prepared to be enchanted by the author of the Merlin Saga series, the Atlantis Saga series, The Ancient One & Adventures of Kate, and Tree Girl.  Real-life heroes also come to life in his stories, such as the eight-year-old girl who climbs Long Peak in High as a Hawk. Books will be available after the reading for the author to sign.

 

  • Tuesday, June 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Teton County Library Youth Auditorium. Middle Grade & High School Writing Workshop: Writing The Fantastic Plot In YA Fiction. Instructor: Amy Kathleen Ryan. She is the author of the Sky Chasers trilogy from St. Martin’s; the novels include Flame, Spark and Glow, which earned high marks from School Library Journal: “This gripping first installment is difficult to put down.” Her first two books have more contemporary settings, but involve coming of age stories. Amy, a native of Wyoming and a graduate of Jackson Hole High School, is on the resident faculty for the 2017 Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Teens are welcome at the conference, which has a special rate for parents and accompanying teens.

 

 

  • Wednesday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Teton County Library Youth Auditorium. Middle-Grade Writing Workshop. Instructor: Peggy Eddleman. Writing And Brainstorming the Most Fantastical Ideas and Worlds. About this workshop, Peggy has this to say: “We’ll talk about the steps to take to become an amazing writer, how to brainstorm the most fantastical ideas and worlds (we’ll do lots of fun brainstorming together!), then we’ll practice the best ways to write description so that you can get all those incredible ideas down on paper the same way that they are in your brain.”

Early registration is suggested as space is limited. You will have to sign up for each day separately. Everyone is welcome to attend Monday night’s special presentation by T.A. Barron; registration is not required for his talk.

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.

 

 

 


All of the 2017 Jackson Hole Writers’ workshops are supported by a grant from the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole and by generous donors like you.