There’s probably only one place on Earth where an aspiring author can get expert advice and inspiration on writing and publishing from some of the hottest novelists, poets, agents and editors on the scene for just $300.
That would be at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, which for its 30th year has an all-virtual affair in the works for June 23-27. But that $300 is the early-bird registration price for scriveners who sign up no later than Monday. After that the cost goes up to $330 — which is still a pretty ridiculously reasonable figure.
Jackson Hole Writers, the nonprofit that organizes and hosts the conference, called off its 2020 event for the obvious coronavirus-related reasons, but it has offered a handful of online affairs since then and now has its Zoom chops down sufficiently to pull off a five-day series of online panel discussions, workshops, critique sessions, keynote speakers, readings and other such literary happenings.
The schedule for 2021 has about 30 events listed, usually two keynote speakers each morning, an afternoon workshop, manuscript critiques for those who pay extra for them and social e-events in the evening.
Talks, workshops, panels and critiques are offered by professional writers, agents and editors like Megan Griswold (“The Book of Help”), Téa Obreht (“The Tiger’s Wife”) and Ruth Ozeki (“Tale for the Time Being”).
Other guest faculty include poets Juan Morales and Jonathan Fink, children/young adult authors Kathi Appelt and Alicia D. Williams, and non-fiction authors Angus Fletcher and Andrea Barnet.
In addition, about 20 writers who call Jackson Hole home make up the conference’s resident faculty
With three dozen faculty members making themselves available to 80 to 100 aspiring writers, opportunities for face-to-face interaction abound. Author-director Tim Sandlin said participants respond enthusiastically, get excited and “go home and write a book.”
“That’s mostly what’s it’s for,” he said, “to get them charged up, give them info, give them enthusiasm.”
Writers can register right up to the start of the conference. In addition to the full five days, there’s a $100 day rate.
Writers who submit manuscripts by May 19 can pay just $50 for three one-on-one critiques; after May 19 the price goes up to $75. There’s also a $125 extended critique option, a $150 preconference workshop and a $150 rate for any teen accompanying an adult conferee.
“And we have a limited number of scholarships for high school students,” Sandlin said.
To register and for more information on the conference and faculty members, go to JHWriters.org.