Creative Nonfiction

Novice and experienced writers find new perspectives in telling a story with just the right amount of creativity, detail, research and voice. Craft workshops assist the writer to delve into their work, whether a memoir or the history of an event or a place, to reveal what works and what doesn’t work.

FACULTY

Marni Jackson

Marni Jackson

Creative Nonfiction | Fiction

Marni Jackson is a Toronto writer who has won numerous National Magazine Awards for her humour and social commentary. Her writing has appeared in publications that include Rolling Stone, Outside, the London Sunday Times, The Walrus, Utne Reader and Brick magazine. Pain: The Science and Culture of Why We Hurt (Random House, 2002) was nominated for the Writers’ Trust Pearson Nonfiction prize. The Mother Zone (Random House, Vintage Editions) was a Canadian bestseller. This memoir had a sequel of sorts in her second book about family culture, Home Free: The Myth of The Empty Nest (Dundurn). In 2016 she made her fiction debut with a collection of interlocking stories called Don’t I Know You?, published by Flatiron Books in NY. “The result is magic,” said reviewer Marissa Stapley in the Globe & Mail.

Matteo Pistono

Matteo Pistono

Creative Nonfiction

Matteo Pistono is the author of Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal (Hay House 2014) and In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet (Dutton 2011). Pistono’s images and writings about Tibetan and Himalayan cultural, political, and spiritual landscapes have appeared in The Washington Post, The Global Post, BBC‘s In-Pictures, Men’s Journal, Kyoto Journal, and HIMAL South Asia. Pistono was born and raised in Wyoming where he completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming, and in 1997 he obtained his Masters of Arts degree in Indian Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Pistono and his wife, Monica, divide their time between Wyoming, Washington D.C., and Asia.

John Byrne Cooke

John Byrne Cooke

Creative Nonfiction | Fiction

John Byrne Cooke’s latest book is On The Road With Janis Joplin, his memoir of road managing Joplin from her first national tour through Europe, Woodstock, and Festival Express 1970. Publishers Weekly called the book "poignant and important...the most thorough exploration written about Joplin’s life." John won a Spur Award for his first novel, The Snowblind Moon. He is the author of two more historical novels, South of the Border and The Committee of Vigilance. He created and wrote the documentary series Outlaws and Lawmen for the Discovery Channel. His first book of nonfiction, Reporting The War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism, was published in 2007.

Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy Schmidt

Creative Nonfiction

Jeremy Schmidt is a writer and photographer of natural history and adventure travel, especially along the winding frontiers between the modern world and what’s left of the natural and indigenous. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books and hundreds of articles for magazines including Audubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Natura (Italy), Panorama (Netherlands), Outside, GEO, and others. For twelve years he was the adventure columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.

Kevin Grange

Kevin Grange

Creative Nonfiction

Kevin Grange is an award-winning freelance writer with an emphasis on the medical field, adventure and travel. In June 2015, Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House, published Kevin’s new memoir, Lights & Sirens” - The Education of a Paramedic.In 2011, The University of Nebraska Press published Beneath Blossom Rain, about Kevin’s 24-day trek through the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. His nonfiction has appeared in National Parks Magazine, Utne Reader, Backpacker Magazine, The Orange County Register, and has won a Top Feature award from the Society of American Travel Writers. He is represented by literary agent, Jane Dystel, whose client list includes prize-winning and bestselling authors. He works as a firefighter/paramedic with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.

Conference Note: New to our resident faculty this year, Kevin will be critiquing and doing a workshop.

Susan Marsh

Susan Marsh

Creative Nonfiction | Fiction

Susan Marsh lives in Jackson, Wyoming. With degrees in geology and landscape architecture and a lifelong interest in creative writing, she has combined her interests into a body of work that explores the relationship of humans to the wild. Her work has appeared in journals that include Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, and in many anthologies. Her books include her award-winning novel War Creek, A Hunger for High Country, Cache Creek: A Trailside Guide to Jackson Hole’s Backyard Wilderness, and Saving Wyoming’s Hoback.

Tina Welling

Tina Welling

Creative Nonfiction | Fiction

Tina Welling is the author of Writing Wild: Forming A Creative Partnership With Nature, and the novels Crybaby Ranch, Fairy Tale Blues, and Cowboys Never Cry. Her essays have been published in Shambhala Sun, The Writer, Body & Soul, and other national magazines, as well as six anthologies. She conducts writing and journaling workshops internationally and is a creative energy coach. Welling resides in Jackson Hole.

Mark Hummel

Mark Hummel

Creative Nonfiction | Fiction | Editor | Poetry

Mark Hummel is a novelist, essayist, editor, and writing teacher. His work has regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals including The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. He is the author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the story collection Lost and Found and is the editor of the nonfiction magazine bioStories. He lives in Montana’s Flathead Valley.

Patti Sherlock

Patti Sherlock

Creative Nonfiction | Fiction | Young Adult

Patti Sherlock‘s latest book, A Dog for All Seasons, St. Martin’s, 2010, describes her years with Duncan, a border collie who helped her on an Idaho sheep farm and saw her through many cycles of change. Sherlock has written two other nonfiction books and three novels for young adults. Letters from Wolfie, Penguin-Putnam, which won numerous awards, told the story of a 13-year-old boy who volunteered his dog to be a scout dog during the Vietnam war. Her other books are Taking Back Our Lives, a meditation book, Some Fine Dog and Four of a Kind, Holiday House, and Alone on the Mountain, Doubleday, which chronicled the life of western shepherds.

Deborah Garner

Deborah Garner

Creative Nonfiction | Fiction

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer, with credits including The Boston Globe and Country Discoveries magazine. In 2004, the fiction bug bit her, resulting in The Paige MacKenzie Mysteries: Above the Bridge, The Moonglow Cafe, Three Silver Doves, and Hutchins Creek Cache. A standalone, Cranberry Bluff, led to The Sadie Kramer Flair Mysteries: A Flair for Chardonnay, and A Flair for Drama. Christmas novellas include Mistletoe at Moonglow and Silver Bells at Moonglow. A member of Sisters in Crime, she divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.