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

Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman

Fiction

Anne Hillerman continues the mystery series her father, the best-selling author Tony Hillerman, created beginning in 1970. After spending many years as a journalist and nonfiction author, Anne published her first novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, in 2013. The mystery followed the further adventures of the characters Tony Hillerman created including Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn and gave Bernadette Manuelito a leading role. The book received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for Best First Novel. Her second mystery, Rock with Wings, quickly became a New York Times best-seller and received the New Mexico Book Awards Founders’ Award. The third novel in the reinvigorated series, Song of the Lion, arrived in April 2017. It also was a New York Times top-ten bestseller. The fourth in her re-envisioning of the mysteries, Cave of Bones, debuted in April 2018, as number eight on the New York Times bestseller list for combined hardcover and e-book sales. The fifth book in the series, The Tale Teller, is set for release in April 2019. Anne also has published several non-fiction books including Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn created with husband/photographer Don Strel.

Louisa Luna

Louisa Luna

Fiction

Louisa Luna is the author of four novels: Brave New Girl (2001, MTV/Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster); Crooked (2002, MTV/Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster); Serious As A Heart Attack (2004, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster); and most recently, Two Girls Down, released in January of 2018 by Doubleday. In its third printing, Two Girls Down has been optioned by Fremantle Media as a series. She is currently at work on the sequel.

Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy

Fiction

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- most recently, The Dark Net -- as well as two books of short stories. His book of craft essays,Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, is widely taught in creative writing classes. He writes Wolverine for Marvel and is known in comics for his celebrated runs on Nightwing, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, and James Bond at DC and Dynamite Entertainment. His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. He wrote the audio drama,Wolverine: The Long Night, produced by Marvel and starring Richard Armitage. His next story collection, Suicide Woods, releases in 2019 with Graywolf Press. And his sci-fi trilogy, The Comet Cycle, will release in 2020 with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been optioned by the Russo Brothers. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Gregory Zeigler

Gregory Zeigler

Fiction

Gregory Zeigler published two eco-thrillers in the emerging genre of climate fiction, The Straw That Broke, and the sequel, Some Say Fire, and a travel memoir, Travels With Max: In Search of Steinbeck’s America Fifty Years Later. He has written numerous articles on historical and educational subjects. Greg holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Utah. He was a career educator ultimately serving as head of several schools. He also served as trustee for Kiski School and as Chair of the Board of the The Jackson Hole Community School in Jackson, Wyoming where he resides with his wife, Dimmie.

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Fiction

Tiffanie DeBartolo is the author of three works of fiction: God-Shaped Hole, How To Kill a Rock Star and the forthcoming Sorrow, as well as the graphic novel, Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story, and the film, Dream For An Insomniac. Tiffanie is also the Chief Executive Super Goddess of Bright Antenna Records and founder of the charity organization ShineMaker Foundation. She lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband and two Irish Wolfhounds.

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.

Jack Clinton

Jack Clinton

Fiction | Nonfiction

Jack Clinton is the author of a debut novel, Clovis, published this January by Harvard Square Editions. He has written for High Country News, Western Horseman, and Rock and Ice. Clinton has received a Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award from the Wyoming Arts Council for writing inspired by nature. Although he graduated form the University of Wyoming, he currently teaches Spanish in Red Lodge, Montana. He also has written Reading with Results: A Dynamic Reading Program for teachers with classes in grades 8-12.

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 Hidden, Fractured and The Good Liar, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her ninth novel, I’ll Never Tell, releases June 1, 2019. An avid skier and runner, Catherine lives and writes in Montreal, Canada. She looks forward to returning to Jackson Hole every year. She climbed the Grand Teton in 2014.

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.

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 the 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, winner of the 2016-17 Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities. She writes a monthly column for Mountain Journal.

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

Elena Hartwell

Elena Hartwell

Fiction

Elena Hartwell started out her storytelling career in the theater. She worked for several years as a playwright, director, and educator before turning to novels. She currently writes the Eddie Shoes Mystery Series. The third book, Three Strikes, You’re Dead launched April 1. Private detective Eddie Shoes has been described as "the most fun Private Eye since Richard Castle stumbled into the 14th precinct," by author Peter Clines. Elena lives in North Bend, Washington, with her husband, two cats, and the greatest dog in the world. When she’s not writing, teaching writing or talking about writing, she can be found at a farm down the road where she and her husband keep their horses. Elena also coaches writers through one-one-one manuscript critiques and workshops.