MFA Students Receive Scholarships

Carly Rita FraysierThree MFA candidates at the University of Wyoming have been awarded scholarships to the Jackson Hole Conference. We are excited to name Carly Fraysier (who is pictured above), Dominick Duhamel and  Randall Tyrone.

Carly is from Vermont originally and is working on an MFA in nonfiction with a combined concentration in environment and natural resources. Dominick (pictured below) was raised in California and is working on a novel.IMG_7585 Randall has a BA from the University of Houston and is working toward an MFA in poetry at UW. He is pictured below.

Randall Tyrone

A University of Nebraska graduate English student, Alexandra McKeone, also has been awarded a scholarship to attend this year’s conference. She is working on a collection of essays, Finding Home.McKeone_photo

The funds for these scholarships were made possible by our conference Silent Auction. The auction is on again this year, so watch for details.

Extend Your Writing Experience In Jackson

View of Mtns from 2 RM Cabin 2-1Last summer we began exploring a creative cross-pollination effort with Patricia Lee Lewis from Patchwork Farms Writing Retreats in Massachusetts. Patricia, who leads writing and yoga retreats around the world, has been visiting Jackson Hole for almost twenty years because her daughter Ponteir Sackrey moved here. But rather than see her mother work while in the valley, she asked her to just enjoy herself. This year Ponteir has given the nod to her mother to offer a retreat in the neighborhood. On January 4 during a workshop at the Center for the Arts we poets in Jackson got to do a test-drive of Patricia’s techniques for inspiring our own unique writing. Nothing cookie-cutter about her approach. She fostered an environment that helped everyone to see a different way into their writing, whether it was poetry or even fiction.

This June, immediately prior to our conference, Patricia will lead a week-long retreat at Turpin Meadows Ranch about 40 miles northeast of Jackson and just outside of Grand Teton National Park, bordering on wilderness. Outside Magazine’s most recent issue featured Turpin Meadows Ranch as a great destination for adventurers wanting to get off the beaten path.

If you want to completely immerse yourself in writing with a meditative component and a little yoga thrown in, this would be an amazing opportunity. And from meeting Patricia I know that any yoga that goes on at Turpin Meadows will not be intimidating.

After the retreat, Patricia is joining our resident faculty for the conference and will offer a workshop on Saturday afternoon for participants who are not having critiques. I know this will be extremely helpful to writers at what level they are at with their craft. Especially if they are looking for a little more creative juice.

–Connie Wieneke

December Book Signings

I can’t help but shout out when local writers get their works published. It’s so satisfying to know that it really happens.

Susan Marsh will be reading from and signing her memoir, A Hunger For High Country, at 7 p.m. on December 11, in the Valley Bookstore. I’ve known Susan for more than twenty years, having spent a great deal of time with her in various iterations of a writing group. Having read and critiqued sections of this work, I know that it conveys her love of the country just out her backdoor. This book proves that knowing your inner and outer landscape is essential to creating a compelling and passionate narrative. I am sure it will be well-sprinkled with political observations of her time with the Forest Service. Susan promises chocolate as a bribe to get listeners/buyers to the bookstore.  I don’t think that is necessary! We should be bringing Susan treats. A member of the Jackson Hole Writers board of directors, she will be our conference resident faculty for her second year.

 

A past participant in the Writers Conference, Cate Cabot also has a signing for her book, Uncharted, the following day at the Valley Bookstore, from 5-7 p.m.

 

–Connie Wieneke