The ShineMaker Foundation Fiction Track

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

Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht

Fiction

Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States. Her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her new novel is Inland. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Vogue, Esquire and Zoetrope: All-Story, among many others. She was the recipient of the Rona Jaffe fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. She lives in New York with her husband, and teaches at Hunter College.

Dan Sheehan

Dan Sheehan

Fiction

Dan Sheehan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in The Irish Times, Oprah.com, GQ, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, Epiphany, and Electric Literature, among others. He lives in New York, where he is the Book Marks editor at Literary Hub and a contributing editor at Guernica Magazine, and was a recipient of the 2016 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship.

His debut novel, Restless Souls, is available now from Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Ig Publishing (US).

Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin

Fiction

Willy Vlautin was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. Vlautin has published five novels: The Motel Life (2007 NYT Editor’s choice and notable book, made into a major motion picture starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsh, Stephen Dorff, and Kris Kristofferson), Northline (2008), Lean On Pete (2010 Winner of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, short-listed for the IRISH IMPAC award, and a major motion picture starring Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny), and The Free (2014 Winner of the Oregon People’s Choice Award). His fifth novel, Don’t Skip Out On Me (Shortlisted for the Pen-Faulkner Award, ALA Notable book of the year, A Southwest Book of the Year) has just come out in paperback. His work has been translated in ten languages.

Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band has produced ten studio albums to date, plus a handful of live recordings and EPs.

Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.

Deborah Atkinson

Deborah 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 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. She has also written a non-fiction book for parents struggling with a child’s addiction. Stay tuned for the first in a new mystery series.

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.

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Tiffanie DeBartolo

Fiction |Graphic Novel

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.

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

Mark Hummel

Mark Hummel

Fiction | Editor

Mark Hummel has been publishing fiction, essays, and poetry in literary magazines and anthologies since 1991. He is the author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the short story collection Lost and Found. His work has appeared, among many other places, in the pages of The Arlington Literary Journal, The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Per Contra, Talking River Review, Weber: the Contemporary West, and Zone 3.

Mark has taught fiction and essay writing at colleges and universities for much of his career, where he also administrated writing programs, directed a writers’ conference, and ran a visiting writer’s series. He is the founding and managing editor of the nonfiction literary magazine bioStories. Hummel taught in an International Baccalaureate curriculum at Journeys School of the Teton Science Schools and worked in the county library system.

Susan Marsh

Susan Marsh

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction

Susan Marsh lives in Jackson. 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 Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities. She writes a column, "Back to Nature," for the online Mountain Journal.

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, released 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.

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. She is also the author of Vibes, a quirky comedy about plus-sized love. She lives in Wyoming with her family.

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.

Patti Sherlock

Patti Sherlock

Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | Young Adult

Patti Sherlock’s A Dog for All Seasons, St. Martin’s, 2010, described her years with Duncan, a border collie who assisted her on an Idaho sheep farm and saw her through many life changes. Letters from Wolfie, Penguin-Putnam, won numerous awards and 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, youth novels Some Fine Dog and Four of a Kind, Holiday House, and Alone on the Mountain, Doubleday, which chronicled the life of western sheepherders.

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.