April 24th, 10am
Writing Authentic Characters and Stories With Heart with Sheryl Haft
Sat, Apr. 24, 2021 10 AM | 12 PM
$25. Must register to attend.
Thu, Feb 25, 2021 6:30 PM
Pandemic Poetry: Unpacking the Discomfort with Thomas Kneeland
February 9th, 7:00-8:30pm MST, online
“Writing Stories that Readers Will Want to Read” with John Rember
This special opportunity is limited to 12 participants.
Participants send a 1000-1200 word narrative or narrative excerpt to Jackson Hole Writers at least ten days before the session. This should be unpublished writing that you are working at a stage where you haven’t solved all of the problems it presents. If you send an excerpt, please note how it fits in the larger work it’s a part of.
Participant narratives are shared with John Rember, and he will read each piece carefully, putting himself in the place of a reader/editor, taking notes with an eye toward what is working and what isn’t. Once he has a good idea of everyone’s interests, skills, and areas where he can bring his own experience to bear, John Rember will sketch out an hour’s craft talk. He will try to address issues that the various pieces have in common, and will try to be an articulate advocate for your readers.
John won’t single out anyone’s work for criticism, but he will give you solid, practical advice that will make your readers love you, or at least love you more than they do now. John has dealt with tough editors and he will try to imitate one long enough to give you an idea of what will warm the cockles of their hard, jaded little hearts, at least as far as a story can accomplish such a thing.
In addition, John will send each participant a half-page or so of comments on their work, with an emphasis on useful advice going forward.
After that hour, we can open up the session for discussion/comments/questions/rants for thirty minutes or so. With luck and good will, it will be a good and worthwhile ninety minutes for all of us. John would much prefer a room with all of us in it, but that will have to wait until 2022. In the meantime, he looks forward to reading your work.
John Rember, author of three books of short stories (Coyote in the Mountains, Cheerleaders from Gomorrah, Sudden Death, Over Time), a memoir (Traplines), a why-to-write book (MFA in a Box), and an end-of-the-world book (A Hundred Little Pieces on the End of the World). For a complete biography and publication list, see his website at johnrember.com. John also writing a journal of the plague year and posting it on the website. It contains almost all of his 2020 writing.
January 9th, 10:30am – 12:00pm
“Writing Into Big Questions” – Online Craft Class with Katherine Standefer
Thanks to the generosity of the Wyoming Humanities Council, in collaboration with Wyoming Stargazing, we hosted a science fiction writing workshop in Spring 2020 with published author, Dr. Mike Brotherton, of the University of Wyoming.
Originally from the St. Louis area, he got his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas in 1996, and held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Kitt Peak National Observatory before moving to Laramie, Wyoming. His specialty is studying the supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies and how they shine when in the active phase. He is also interested in the relationship between such active galactic nuclei (AGN) and their host galaxies, and their mutual evolution. His work is primarily observational, and he uses a wide assortment of telescopes/observatories operating across the electromagnetic spectrum including WIRO, McDonald, IRTF, KPNO, Lick, Keck, Gemini, the VLT, Hubble, Chandra, and the VLA. He also makes use of data archives such as the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys. In addition to being a scientist, he is a science fiction writer, author of the well-received science fiction novels Star Dragon (2003) and Spider Star (2008) from Tor Books. He is also the founder of the NASA-funded Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers, which brings a dozen award-winning professional writers to Wyoming every summer.
Saturday, April 24th, 10:00-11:00am MST Ticket price includes access to a recording of the session for one month. You have an idea for a
Saturday, April 24th, 10:00-11:00am MST
Ticket price includes access to a recording of the session for one month.
You have an idea for a story that is compelling you. Maybe you have written a few pages or a fully-formed draft. Is the emotion that is inspiring you to write your story coming out on the page?
In this workshop, Sheryl Haft will apply lessons from beloved children’s books and Pixar’s The Art of Storytelling to encourage greater character depth and emotion in your writing.
A deep dive into mentor texts will shine light on structure and character building. In-workshop exercises will give writers opportunities to discover the strengths of their characters and the heart in their stories.
“The characters in a children’s book must reach into the heart of the reader on page one. Emotional content is the main reason a child and a parent will go back to a book again and again.” – Rosemary Wells
About the Instructor
Sheryl Haft is the author of four books for young readers, including the Amazon Bestseller, GOODNIGHT BUBBALA—A Joyful Parody, and the forthcoming MAZIE’S AMAZING MACHINES.
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 11:00 am MST