The Shine Maker Foundation Young Adult/Kids Lit Track

Take an imaginative ride with top authors as they bring you into the brains and hearts of teenagers. You will ‘get the scoop’ on craft and publishing trends. Discover the myriad possibilities of working with the themes and subjects which speak to youthful minds, from middle-grade through high school.

FACULTY

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Middle Grade / 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.

Nanci Turner Steveson

Nanci Turner Steveson

Young Adult

Nanci Turner Steveson writes realistic fiction for middle grade readers. Her first novel, Swing Sideways (HarperCollins) is a Scholastic Book Fair selection, and a Wyoming State Indian Paintbrush Award nominee for 2017/2018. Swing Sideways will be translated into French and released October 2017. Her second book, Georgia Rules (HarperCollins 2017), received starred reviews from American Library Association Booklist and has been chosen as a Battle of the Books selection for middle school book clubs. Her third novel with HarperCollins, Lizzie Flying Solo, will be released Fall 2018. Nanci is on the Board of Directors of Jackson Hole Writers Conference, and is co-chair of the JHW KidLit critique group.

Amy Kathleen Ryan

Amy Kathleen Ryan

Young Adult | Fiction

Amy Kathleen Ryan is the author of the young adult The Sky Chasers trilogy, which has been published in fifteen countries. The first book, Glow, was selected as a Best Book of 2011 by School Library Journal, and was optioned by Fox Films. She is also the author of Vibes, a quirky comedy about plus-sized love. She lives in Wyoming with her family.

Amy will be teaching a YA level writing workshop for teens at the Teton County Library on June 20. Watch for details.

Patti Sherlock

Patti Sherlock

Young Adult | Fiction | Creative Nonfiction

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.

Scott Schumaker

Scott Schumaker

Kids Lit | Children’s Illustrated

Scott Schumaker‘s passion for travel was the catalyst for his first children’s book, Henry’s Big Star Adventure. The book is about a boy’s journey to retrieve the stars he has lost from his heart, and was inspired from the author’s time exploring Peru’s Amazon jungle and solo camping in Utah’s Canyonlands.Scott’s own writing adventures include a long study of creative writing, attending the NYU Summer Writing Workshop, as well as a graduate degree in journalism, and being a contributing editor for various outdoor and lifestyle publications. He is currently plotting a memoir, as well as additional children’s books. When he is not writing, he is the managing partner of Bright Antenna Records. Scott lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife Tiffanie DeBartolo and their dogs, Dipsea and Dizzy.

Sheryl Haft

Sheryl Haft

Children’s Illustrated

Sheryl Haft creates playful books and inventive experiences to spark children’s imaginations. She is the author of two picture books, I LOVE YOU, BLANKIE, published by Little Brown Books, 2015, and BABY-BOO, I LOVE YOU, published by Penguin Books for Young Readers, 2017.
Sheryl is also an Educator and the Founder of Kids Engineer! an elementary after school program teaching engineering principles through design and invention-building. She currently teaches Kids Engineer workshops via the CREST elementary school program and pARTners Jackson Hole. Her next picture book, to be published by Penguin Books, Fall 2019, stars an inventive little girl engineer.