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. The Writers Salon meets in the Jackson Hole Grocer Community Room.
All Genre Group: Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 PM. 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 PM. 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).
Kid Lit Group: Meets the second Thursday of each month, 6-8 PM 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 Salon: Meets on Thursdays at the Jackson Hole Grocer Community Room (upstairs) from 7:00-9:00 PM. This is an opportunity to just write without formal feedback or work-shopping of works-in-progress. Anne Marie Wells facilitates this gathering and brings prompts if you are stuck. Follow us on Instagram and on Facebook (Jackson Hole Writers) for updates. Contact Anne Marie (firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Writers Salon) to get on our list. She sends out reminders and updates if a session is canceled or changed. Also, sign up for our monthly newsletter at Contact on this website to keep track of all the happenings.
Our Group Leaders:
Linda 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: 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. 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 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.
Melissa 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.
Anne Marie Wells: Anne Marie Wells is the Assistant Director of Jackson Hole Writers and the facilitator for the Writers Salon. She is also a founding member of Jackson Hole’s play-writing collaborative, First Folio. She writes children’s stories, memoirs, novels, plays, poetry, and endless to-do lists. Her first children’s book, Mommy, Why Am I a Bird? was published in 2015 through her university press. Her plays Love and Radio (and Zombies… Kind Of) and Last. Only. Best. earned first and second place, respectively, in the Riot Act Regional New Play Festival. She is always eager to be a beta-reader for any aspiring or established writer. When she’s not agonizing in front of her keyboard, she is performing on stage, playing with children, or snuggling her dog, Isabella Bird.