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The 2017 Jackson Hole Writers Conference Has Come and Gone.

Check out what you missed and make plans to join us June 28-30, 2018.

  • Peggy Eddelman | Middle Grade | YA

  • Tim Sandlin | Fiction

  • Lise McClendon | Fiction

  • Catherine McKenzie | Fiction

  • Jeremy Schmidt | Creative Nonfiction

  • Kyle Mills | Fiction

  • Deborah Turrell Atkinson | Fiction

  • Tina Welling | Fiction

  • Mark Hummel | Fiction | Editor

  • Susan Marsh | Creative Nonfiction | Fiction

  • Tiffanie DeBartolo | Fiction | Graphic Novels

  • Patti Sherlock | Young Adult | Creative Nonfiction

  • Shawn Klomparens | Fiction

  • David Riley Bertsch | Fiction

  • Nanci Steveson Turner | Young Adult

  • Amy Kathleen Ryan | Young Adult

  • Matt Daly | Poetry

  • Scott Schumaker | Kids Lit

Peter Heller

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Nancy Pearl

Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Craig Welch

Jon Pineda

Nina McConigley

Kyle Mills

Tim Sandlin

Mark Hummel

Catherine McKenzie

Tina Welling

Patti Sherlock

Susan Marsh

Lise McClendon

Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Nanci Turner Steveson

Jeremy Schmidt

Amy Kathleen Ryan

David Riley Bertsch

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Scott Schumaker

Shawn Klomparens

Matt Daly

Susan Scarlata

Lauren Jablonski

Soumeya Roberts

Cindy Uh

Mark Gottlieb

Kristen Moeller

Each summer, writers with a passion for the word come to Wyoming and to Grand Teton National Park’s backyard for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Writers drive in from the neighborhood, states like Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Montana, and fly in from as far away as Florida and Alaska. Last summer people from all over the world visited Jackson Hole to witness the total solar eclipse, Aug. 21. With or without a solar eclipse, Jackson Hole is a spectacular place. While visitors have been attracted to the valley’s rugged iconic mountains and amazing wildlife, we like to think that writers come to our conference because they know they will get something special. Because of our intimate size, attendees at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference meet each other and the faculty, sharing ideas along with their beer, making new contacts in a workshop, finding a mentor on a walk. Whether you have pursued the craft of writing for decades or only recently have set yourself on the journey to share your words with others, this writers conference won’t put you off.

Photo by Mary Morgan Beavers

For 26 years the Jackson Hole Writers Conference have brought writers who ignite other writers to write better.  This year will be no exception. We are excited by the return of Jewell Parker Rhodes (who will also be leading off our summer Kids Writing Camp). She will be joined by Peter Heller, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Nancy Pearl, Craig Welch, and poet/memoirist/novelist Jon Pineda.   Our distinguished speakers, editors and agents join a resident faculty which includes best-selling author Kyle Mills and award-winning fiction writers, like Nina McConigley and Susan Marsh. The agents and editors are young and hungry for new voices, new stories. We promise three days of engaging dialogue, collaboration and the opportunity for all of us to raise the stakes on our work.

As in recent years, the conference venue will be the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, a modern setting in Old West Jackson Hole. It is within walking distance of the town’s many amenities, eateries, and hotels. Jackson Hole continues to draw visitors from all over the world, even in June, so obtaining accommodations early is essential.

JHWC_20140626-07Manuscript critiques are an important part of our conference, providing a way for you, the writer, to discuss your work one-on-one with experienced writers, editors and agents.

Jackson Hole’s writing community began with the likes of Struthers Burt and Owen Wister who came out West to enliven their spirits with open spaces and nature’s untainted wonders. Over the years, many writers have passed through this area and many more have stayed. Since the 1970s a noticeable literary undercurrent feeds the intellectual and arts community. Check out our resident writer faculty. They spend every season in this place and know it well.

At the Jackson Hole Writers Conference you will have ample opportunity to share your work, whether in the critiques or workshops, or at the open mic event! Writers from Massachusetts to Florida, from Texas to Washington know their fellow attendees will listen well. Serious writers pour into Jackson Hole each June looking for a fresh, but critical eye on their work. We think they get that, and that’s why they come back year after year. The collective story of the Writers Conference grows alongside the achievements of our guests. This year, that could be you starting a new tradition.

Photo by Michael Turner