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

Bill Konigsberg

Bill Konigsberg

YA/Middle Grade Fiction

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, The Porcupine of Truth, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklist’s Best of 2015 list. Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. His debut novel, Out of Pocket won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman

Middle Grade/YA Fiction

Peggy Eddleman is the author of Sky Jumpers (a Texas Bluebonnet Nominee, a Utah Beehive Nominee, a Nebraska Golden Sower Nominee, a South Carolina Children’s Book Nominee, a Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Nominee, a Mississippi Magnolia Book Nominee, an American Booksellers Association’s ABC Best Book of 2013, a NYPL’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing selection, and a Kids Indies Next selection) and its sequel, The Forbidden Flats, both with Random House Children’s Books. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties. Peggy lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her husband and their three kids, who are all busy creating their own adventure stories.

Peggy also will be offering a middle-grade kids workshop on June 21 at Teton County Library. Watch for details to come.

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.

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.

Scott Schumaker

Scott Schumaker

Kids Lit | Children’s Illsutrated

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.

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.

Deanna Neil

Deanna Neil

Young Adult | Fiction

Deanna Neil is the award-winning author of The Land of Curiosities, a young adult, historical fiction trilogy about Yellowstone. She also penned Time For Parks, an illustrated children’s book, and co-founded of The EcoSeekers, an independent publishing company to engage kids with the outdoors. Her books garnered 12 awards including a Nautilus, Benjamin Franklin and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and the 2015 Living Now Evergreen Medal, commemorating “world-changing books published since the year 2000.” Time Magazine for Kids named Neil a 2008 "Hero for the Planet.” Her play Fracturing, an adaptation of Ibsen‘s Enemy of the People was produced Off-Off-Broadway, in universities, and workshopped at Jackson Hole’s Off Square Theatre. As a journalist, Neil worked for the Air America Radio network, NPR, KCET and blogged for the Huffington Post.