The Jackson Hole Book Trader YA/MG/Children’s/Picture Book 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

Melanie Crowder

Melanie Crowder

Young Adult / Middle Grade

Melanie Crowder is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers. She writes Young Adult historical fiction: Audacity, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, and the forthcoming Mazie. She also writes Middle Grade novels of all sorts: Three Pennies, A Nearer Moon, Parched, and the new middle grade duology The Lighthouse between the Worlds and A Way between Worlds. The author lives under the big blue Colorado sky with her wife, two kids, and one good dog.

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.

Scott Schumaker

Scott Schumaker

Children’s

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 working on a memoir. 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 Kazoo.

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.

Nanci Turner Steveson

Nanci Turner Steveson

Middle Grade Fiction

Nanci Turner Steveson writes realistic fiction for children and young teens. Her first two novels, Swing Sideways and Georgia Rules (HarperCollins 2016/2017), have achieved starred reviews, state award nominations, and foreign translations. Georgia Rules was named A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of 2018 with Outstanding Merit. Her next novel, Lizzie Flying Solo, received a starred Kirkus review and is coming from HarperCollins in April 2019; and a fourth book, The Lyric of Sunny Jupiter, is due in 2021. Nanci is on the Board of Directors of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, is an active member of SCBWI, and an energetic presenter and instructor at writing workshops and conferences. She runs the JHW Kids Summer Writing Camps and is the founder of The Literacy for Hope Project, which helps get books into the hands of the homeless.