From cultivating ideas to making the sale, this track speaks to both new writers and those close to publication. We discuss all important aspects of this profession from craft — character, plot, voice, dialogue — to the business of how to find an agent and what to expect from your editor.

FACULTY

Peter Heller

Peter Heller

Fiction

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, The Painter, and Celine He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Note: Peter is not available for critiques.

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl

Fiction

Nancy Pearl speaks about the pleasures of reading to literacy organizations and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on NPR’s Morning Edition. On her monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, she has interviewed authors as diverse as E. L. Doctorow, Elizabeth Strout, and Terry Pratchett. Her first novel, George & Lizzie, was published in 2017 by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster.

Among her many honors and awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2011 Literary Lions Award from the King County Library System; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association, “presented to a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services.”

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Fiction

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of the Louisiana Girls children‘s book trilogy, which includes Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic. Her children’s books have received the Parents’ Choice Foundation Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, and the Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, among others. Towers Falling, her latest middle grade novel, was published in July 2016. She is also the author of adult novels, including Voodoo Dreams.

Jewell grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Criticism, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University. Jewell is the Founding Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University

Jewell will also lead off our second Kids Writing Camp on June 27.

Note: Jewell will not be available for critiques.

Jon Pineda

Jon Pineda

Fiction | Poetry | Nonfiction

<Jon Pineda is the author of three poetry collections: Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award, The Translator’s Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose, and Birthmark, winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His memoir Sleep in Me was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and named a “Best Books of 2010” by Library Journal. His debut novel Apology won the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His second novel Let’s No One Get Hurt is due out in early 2018 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Jon teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte and is on faculty at the University of Mary Washington. He lives in Virginia.

Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley

Fiction

Nina McConigley

Tim Sandlin

Tim Sandlin

Fiction

Tim Sandlin is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Sex and Sunsets, Western Swing, Honey Don’t, Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty, Rowdy in Paris and the GroVont Quartet, including his newest novel, Lydia. Movie credits include the Showtime original Floating Away, based on Sorrow Floats, and Skipped Parts, a TriMark film. He is also a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and has judged several writing competitions, including the Western States Book Awards.

Mark Hummel

Mark Hummel

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | 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

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | 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.

Catherine McKenzie

Catherine McKenzie

Fiction

Catherine McKenzie is the bestselling author of numerous books with one word titles such as Spin and Hidden. Her latest release is Fractured, a novel about a neighborhood gone wrong that Publishers’ Weekly called a "gripping thriller." She also recently released the companion novel, The Murder Game under the pseudonym, Julie Apple, who is also the protagonist in Fractured. Catherine lives and writes in Montreal, Canada, and looks forward every year to returning to Jackson Hole. She is at work on her eight novel.

Tina Welling

Tina Welling

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction

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.

Lise McClendon

Lise McClendon

Fiction

Lise McClendon is the author of novels and short fiction, starting twenty years ago with The Bluejay Shaman, a mystery about a Jackson Hole art dealer. She wrote three more in that series, plus other series and stand-alone novels. She writes thrillers as Rory Tate — PLAN X is the latest — and runs Thalia Press. With four well-seasoned writers she co-wrote a dark, comic novel about a killer chef: Beat Slay Love. Her latest novel, The Things We Said Today, is the fourth in her Bennett Sisters Mysteries. She runs the pre-conference workshop for novelists with Deborah Turrell Atkinson. Lise lives in Montana.

David Riley Bertsch

David Riley Bertsch

Fiction

David Riley Bertsch, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Since 2009 he has lived in Jackson, Wyoming, where he is a professional fly-fishing guide. He is the author of Death Canyon and River of No Return, the first installments in the Jake Trent novels, set in Jackson Hole.

Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Deborah Turrell Atkinson

Fiction

Deborah Atkinson weaves the legends and folklore of Hawaii into suspense-filled contemporary crime fiction. Atkinson lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Authors Guild, and Mystery Writers of America. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, University of Iowa Writers’ Summer Workshop, and a recipient of the University of Hawaii’s Meryl Clark Award for Fiction. Her books include Primitive Secrets, which is the introduction to the Storm Kayama series, The Green Room, which was a Book Sense Notable pick, Fire Prayer, and Pleasing the Dead.

Susan Marsh

Susan Marsh

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction

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 War Creek (a May Sarton Award winner), A Hunger for High Country, and Saving Wyoming’s Hoback, winner of the 2016-17 Wallace Stegner Prize.

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Fiction

Tiffanie DeBartolo is the author of two novels (God-Shaped Hole which will be released in a new edition in May and How To Kill A Rock Star) and one film ( Dream For An Insomniac). She is also the founder of Bright Antenna Records and the ShineMaker Foundation. In her spare time, Tiffanie is a traveler, poet, chef, runner, yogi, hiker, biker, sister, friend, lover, dreamer and style icon. U2 has been her favorite band for over three and a half decades and she swears that everything she knows about life, love, faith, hope and philanthropy she learned from Bono. She is currently working on her third novel.

Shawn Klomparens

Shawn Klomparens

Fiction

Shawn Klomparens is the author of the novels Jessica Z and Two Years, No Rain. He studied English literature and geological sciences at Ohio University before moving to Wyoming