Writing Groups & Writers Open Studio

Jackson Hole Writers is proud to provide a fun and supportive opportunity for writers to share their work and to receive constructive feedback from their peers. These groups are free to attend and no reservation is required. They are open to all writers, whether you’ve just written your first poem or are a bestselling novelist. All groups meet in the conference room of the Center for the Arts in Jackson.

All Genre Group: Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Led by Linda Hazen, this group welcomes writers whose work fits into any genre or category, including both fiction and nonfiction. If you would like to share your work, please bring 12 copies of an excerpt no longer than 5 pages.

Poetry Group: Meets the first Wednesday of each month, 6-8:30 p.m.. This change is effective May 3, 2017. This group welcomes poets of all types and is loosely shepherded by Connie Wieneke. To share your work, please bring 12 copies of one poem (two if they’re short). There will be a poetry group in June well before the conference. There will NOT be a poetry group in July, as that first Wednesday is the Fourth! A holiday … to write.

Kid Lit Group: Meets the second Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m.. Led by Nanci Turner Steveson and Melissa Snider, this group is for writers who are creating works intended for younger audiences, whether fiction or nonfiction and includes picture books, middle grade and young adult. If you’re ready to share your work, please bring 12 copies of an excerpt of up to 5 pages.

Writers Open Studio: Meets every Thursday, except on holidays or during the Jackson school spring break, at either Jackson Hole Grocer (community room upstairs) or in a meeting room at Teton County Library. The time is generally from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to just write without feedback or workshopping of work-in-progress. Cassandra Lee facilitates this gathering and brings prompts if you are stuck. Because everyone gets stuck at times. Follow us on Instagram (jacksonholewriters and jh_writers_conference) and on Facebook (Jackson Hole Writers) for updates. Better contact Cassandra (cassandraelee@gmail.com) and get on our list. She sends out reminders. Also sign up for our monthly newsletter at Contact on this website ad keep track of all the happenings.

Our Group Leaders:

linda-hazen_150Linda Hazen: Linda is a true native of this magical valley and grew up on a cattle ranch just north of Kelly, Wyoming. The passion for writing hit her when she was in her mid-forties, after attending her first Jackson Hole Writers Conference. She found others who share her passion and currently serves Jackson Hole Writers in many different capacities. Linda says, “It’s a delight to bring people together from all aspects of life who love to tell stories!”

connie_wieneke_150Connie Wieneke: Connie moved to Wyoming in 1983. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana in 1991. Her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Currently, she is working on a collection of poems about her family in both the social context and the landscape of the West. To keep her in the writing life, she works as a bookkeeper and as the assistant director of Jackson Hole Writers. She is the recipient of two Wyoming Arts Council Literary Fellowships. She lives in Wilson with her husband Rich, nine chickens and an ancient frog.

nanci_steveson_150Nanci Turner Steveson: Nanci grew up in Connecticut, England and Texas with a book in one hand and the reins of a pony in the other. A reluctant grown-up, Nanci is now the stage manager for Jackson’s Off Square Theatre Company, a riding instructor, and reading fairy to book hungry children. She writes middle-grade novels (Swing Sideways, HarperCollins, 2016; Georgia Rules, HarperCollins, 2017) and is active with both the Jackson Hole Writers, and the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators. The mother of two grown sons, Nanci lives in a historic meadow cabin in Jackson Hole with assorted horses and dogs. She is dedicated to getting books into the hands of the homeless through her Literacy for Hope Project.

mel_snider_150Melissa Snider: Melissa is an Elementary School Librarian by day, and an aspiring author by night. Much of her childhood was spent on the shore of Lake Ontario or in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, but her family moved West when she was 11 and now Wyoming has her heart. She holds an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, a degree she pursued with love but not much hope for a career. After attending the JH Writers conference for the first time in 2014, Melissa committed to making writing a part of her life again and is thrilled to have found a community of writers to help keep her accountable. On days off, she can be found seeking out family-friendly adventures in the mountains with her husband and two young daughters.

Cassandra Lee: Cassandra Lee is a longtime lover of words. She is the Development Director of Jackson Hole Writers and will begin an MFA in poetry at the University of Montana in Missoula the Fall. She also teaches yoga and has a radio show at KHOL 89.1.