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Thank you for joining us at
The 28th Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Stay tuned for our 29th Conference
June 25-27, 2020

  • Tiffanie DeBartolo | Fiction

  • Tim Sandlin | Fiction

  • Jeremy Schmidt | Creative Nonfiction

  • Catherine McKenzie | Fiction

  • Patti Sherlock | Young Adult | Creative Nonfiction

  • Kevin Grange | Creative Nonfiction

  • Tina Welling | Fiction

  • Susan Marsh | Creative Nonfiction | Fiction

  • Deborah Turrell Atkinson | Fiction

  • Shawn Klomparens | Fiction

  • Laurie Kutchins | Poetry

  • Amy Kathleen Ryan | Young Adult

  • Nanci Steveson Turner | Middle Grade

  • Broughton Coburn | Creative Nonfiction

  • David Riley Bertsch | Fiction

  • Matt Daly | Poetry

  • Scott Schumaker | Children’s

  • Mark Leichliter | Editor | Fiction

  • Allison Hunter | Agent

  • Melanie Crowder | Young Adult


Kathi Appelt
Milaga Baldi
Andrea Barnet
David Bertsch
Maddie Caldwell
Kimberly Cameron
Broughton Coburn
Melanie Crowder
Matt Daly
Tiffanie DeBartolo
Jonathan Fink
Kevin Grange
Jennifer Herrara
Mark Hummel
Allison Hunter
Shawn Klomparens
Laurie Kutchins
Susan Marsh
Catherine McKenzie
Juan Morales
Téa Obreht
Amy Ryan
Tim Sandlin
Jeremy Schmidt
Scott Schumaker
Dan Sheehan
Tiffany Shelton

Patti Sherlock
Nanci Turner Steveson
Deborah Turrell Atkinson
Jane Ubell
Willy Vlautin
Tina Welling

The Jackson Hole Writers Conference has united people from all walks of life with their passion for words and stories for almost three decades. Professional and novice writers from Jackson Hole, The United States, and around the world, attend the conference each year.

The conference takes place in Jackson Hole’s Center for the Arts where writers can meet each other and the faculty, share ideas over a glass of wine or beer, and make new contacts while attending the variety of workshops offered.

©Bo McDowell

Every year JHWC hosts authors representing a variety of genres, poets, editors, and agents, and this year is no exception.

This year’s featured speakers include authors Kathi Appelt, Andrea Barnet, Melanie Crowder, Jonathan Fink, Juan Morales, Téa Obreht, Dan Sheehan, Jane Ubell and Willy Vlautin.

Additional guest faculty include editors Tiffany Shelton of St. Martin’s Press and Maddie Caldwell; and agents Jennifer Herrara of the David Black Agency, Milaga Baldi of the Baldi Agency, Allison Hunter of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, and Kimberly Cameron of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

Our resident faculty include David Bertsch, Broughton Coburn, Matt Daly, Tiffanie DeBartolo, Kevin Grange, Mark Hummel, Shawn Klomparens, Laurie Kutchins, Susan Marsh, Tim Sandlin, Jeremy Schmidt, Catherine McKenzie, Amy Ryan, Scott Schumaker, Patti Sherlock, Nanci Turner Steveson, Deborah Turrell Atkinson, Tina Welling.

Each conference is held at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, a modern setting in Jackson Hole. It is within walking distance of the town’s many amenities, eateries, and hotels. Jackson Hole continues to draw visitors from all over the world, even in June, so obtaining accommodations early is essential.

JHWC_20140626-07Manuscript critiques are an important part of our conference, providing a way for you, the writer, to discuss your work one-on-one with experienced writers, editors, and agents. Read through our guidelines on the critiques and be aware that some of the guest faculty authors do not offer critiques; check their bios for this information. Our Silent Auction features critiques from most of our guest faculty, which is a great way to support the conference as well and to get some concentrated feedback on your writing.

Jackson Hole’s writing community began with the likes of Struthers Burt and Owen Wister who came out West to enliven their spirits with open spaces and nature’s untainted wonders. Over the years, many writers have passed through this area and many have stayed. Since the 1970s a noticeable literary undercurrent feeds the intellectual and arts community. Check out our resident writer faculty. They spend every season in this place and know it well.

At the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, you will have ample opportunity to share your work, whether in the critiques or workshops or at the open mic event! Writers from Maine to California, from Texas to Alaska know their fellow attendees will listen well. Serious writers pour into Jackson Hole each June looking for a fresh, but critical eye on their work. We think they get that, and that’s why they come back year after year. The collective story of the Writers Conference grows alongside the achievements of our guests. This year, that could be you starting a new tradition.