Looking for a Good Writers Conference? Head to Jackson Hole This Summer

If you’re looking for a writers conference in a beautiful location this summer, consider the Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I was part of the faculty in 2009 and will be again in 2011. Attendees at the conference are sure to get critiques for their work, meetings with agents, good presentations, and outdoor beauty that’s worth any travel costs.


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June 24–27, 2010, in downtown Jackson Hole, WY. Registration fee unknown but likely available on the website. Jackson Hole is at the northwest corner of Wyoming and sits at the base of the Grand Teton Mountains.


Agents!–including Meredith Kaffel (Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency); Alexandra Machinist (Linda Chester Literary Agency); and Abigail Koons. You can see their “wants” here, but between them, the three handle an awful lot of subjects and categories. Other speakers include:

  • Marysue Rucci is Executive Editor, Vice President at Simon & Schuster where she acquires and edits fiction and narrative nonfiction
  • Ellen Edwards has been an executive editor at New American Library since the fall of 1998, focusing on commercial women’s fiction, including contemporary and historical novels, romance, and cozy mystery series.
  • Janet Fitch is the author of the Oprah’s Book Club novel White Oleander, which became a film in 2002. 
  • Louis Bayard writes historical-thriller novels and has been nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger awards; he has been named one of People magazine’s top authors of the year.


All attendees’ work is critiqued by multiple presenters, so you can multiple opinions on your work from professionals. It’s a smart way of doing things.

Secondly, I am not joking when I say Jackson Hole is one of the most beautiful locations for a writers conference. The weather is amazing in June and the outdoor scenery is unbeatable. Last year, my wife and I did a raft ride down the Snake River, multiple hikes, a hot air balloon ride, and more. It’s worth the travel costs—trust me.


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