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Submissions Requested For Book To Celebrate 25 Years

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Commemorative Book

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We are only a week past the fall equinox, but the Jackson Hole Writers Conference is looking ahead to the 25th conference, June 23-25, 2016. We are excited to have lined up most of our faculty, which will include Gretel Ehrlich,  Lynne Sharon Schwartz, poets Paisley Rekdal and Maria Melendez Kelson, and a roster of established editors and agents.

In the meantime, we are seeking submissions for a trade-size paperback about the conference: why people come, why people come back. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye and past success novelist David Abrams have sent in their offerings. It’s a good start, but we want anyone who attended our conference to get a shot at sharing their experience.

We hope to raise money with this book by sharing our commitment to and enthusiasm for what has become an important part of the writing community.  Tim Sandlin started the conference 25 years ago and it has blossomed under his continued leadership. We want to celebrate that.

Writing It Right, the working title for this collection, will focus on the experiences of those who have attended the conference: registrant, faculty member, volunteer or staff. We are looking for short pieces, no longer than 1200 words. While it is not intended as a literary anthology, we are open to literary musings, notes and observations. Perhaps a piece you brought to the conference and had critiqued: fiction, nonfiction or a poem. Even a haibun or journal entries can find their way into this collection.

Here are some topics or approaches:

  • A “how to” or “how not to”
  • A vignette
  • Here’s what happens at the conference, full of surprises and quirks
  • Poem that came out of a workshop prompt, with discussion of the process
  • Found poem from the conference
  • Why you come back year after year
  • Expectations you came with, how those may have changed
  • The critique process: who reads what and why
  • Submissions: the joys and the terrors
  • Volunteers and what can happen
  • Ten books recommended by folks at the conference
  • I was there when such and such happened
  • Faculty writer, editor or agent who changed your life
  • A black and white photograph that says it all
  • Black and white illustrations
  • A graphic poem
  • A collection title that says it all
  • Something we haven’t thought of

The guidelines for content are fairly loose, but the editors will be looking for entertaining, enlightening and educational pieces. Just because you send something to us doesn’t mean we will accept it. We are looking for quality. This is for writers and we see it as a resource. We also see it as something to hand out to friends and family, so that they have an inkling about why we come to Jackson Hole in June and sit inside and write and talk about writing and getting published. We feel that the conference is about more than “just” getting published: it’s about meeting other writers, learning the craft, and spreading our wings with words.

Rather than query us about a possible topic, send it in. Surprise us. Surprise yourself with your observations.

The deadline is Dec. 6, 2015. Submissions must be in 12 point type, double-spaced, Word-compatible format, and in electronic form. 1200 word maximum. Poems no longer than 30 lines. Please preface the submission with a title page, listing the year(s) you attended the conference. Please include your name on each page, plus page number, so we get your offering in proper order. No paper submissions will be accepted. Please no PDFs or links to websites. Email questions to us through Contact on our website. Send manuscripts to us at: manuscripts@jacksonholewritersconference.com

 

JHHS Teacher Mary Hoeschler Receives Scholarship

Watch for details to come on the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole’s grant that has provided a scholarship for Mary Hoeschler. She got rave reviews from teacher/poet Matt Daly and JHHS teacher Walt Berling and JHHS head librarian Lori Clark-Erickson. So we are excited to announce this one.

Nina Swamidoss McConigley Craft Class

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Writing What You Know: Using Autobiography in Fiction
 
The old adage is to write what you know. Which is great — but as fiction writers, it’s sometimes safer to fictionalize what you know. In this craft class, we’ll talk about how to take real life experience and fictionalize it. Looking at published texts and with in-class writing (come prepared to write), we’ll discover how to write about what you know — and how to use the truth to go into imaginary places. — Nina

Sounds like it will be a beneficial workshop, with writing included! This craft class is on Friday at 1:45. Hands-on is the best. Nina is also going to be offering an amazing silent auction item. Time to sign up for the conference.

And Nina’s talk at 1 p.m. on Thursday will open the conference:
Jackalopes and Ganesha: Using a Mix in Writing
I’m looking forward to this: Wyoming mythical creatures and India’s elephant god who is the remover of all obstacles, according to yoga.

Local High School Students Receive Scholarships

Elizabeth ChambersJackson Hole High School student Elizabeth Chambers is one of four local area high school students attending the 23rd Jackson Hole Writers Conference on a scholarship. The scholarships are from a grant from the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole. We are excited that she is a repeat scholarship recipient as she added a lot to our conference last year and fully participated in the poetry track.

In addition to the registration fees, the recipients also can have three critiques with established writers.

Caroline Berner from the Community School, Maxine Hansford from Journeys School, and Riley Liljestrom, also from JHHS, also received scholarships thru CCJH.

We at the conference look forward to having these young writers attend.

I appreciate all of the recommendations from school officials and teachers on who would be good candidates for these scholarships. We hope to offer the same level next year.

 

Discount On Wyoming Conferences

VDcSLrbN_normalWyoming Writers Inc.’s 41st Annual Conference June 5-7 in Cheyenne. Early Bird Fee until May 15. Laura Pritchett, Kent Nelson and Aaron Abeyta headline their conference.

If you attend their conference, you can attend the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 25-27, at a $150 discount. It’s a great deal and you can make it a part of a Wyoming writing retreat/vacation.

Registration is easy. Then let us know that you are going to both conferences and we will assist you. Email us.

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