Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Alix Kates Shulman
John Byrne Cooke
Maria Melendez Kelson
Bethany Schultz Hurst
Deborah Turrell Atkinson
David Riley Bertsch
Mary Beth Baptiste
Nanci Turner Steveson
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 Utah, Idaho and Montana, and fly in from as far away as Florida and Alaska. Writers come to Jackson Hole for the spectacular mountains and amazing wildlife, but we like to think that writers come to our conference because they know they are going to 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.
For 25 years the Jackson Hole Writers Conference has been bringing writers who have ignited and continue to ignite the literary scene. This year will be no exception: Gretel Ehrlich, Alison Hawthorne Deming, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz will join forces with poets Paisley Rekdal and Maria Melendez Kelson. Our distinguished speakers, editors and agents join a resident faculty which includes best-selling author Kyle Mills and award-winner nonfiction writers, like Mary Beth Baptiste. 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.
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.