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One adult and two juvenile sandhill cranes are pictured on Sept. 23, 2018, in Grand Teton National Park. Cranes, a valued species in Teton Valley, will be the focus of one of the library’s #writeout workshops for young writers.

The Teton Regional Land Trust and Valley of the Tetons Library are partnering to offer a series of summer workshops for writers young and old, while also introducing valley residents to private conservation properties.

Funded in part by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Writing Life and #writeout workshops will take new and experienced writers outside to learn from established authors while enjoying some secluded spots in the valley. It will be a unique opportunity to visit several different TRLT conservation properties in the valley, chosen because they protect both working lands and wildlife habitat.

The series includes adult courses on short fiction, personal essays and memoir, and poetry, while the young adult offerings focus on fiction writing and natural science.

The participating authors include Idaho Writer in Residence Christian Winn, literary nonfiction writer Sara Mansfield Taber, and Pulitzer nominee Laurie Kutchins. Authors will also give readings at the Driggs library on the evening of each workshop. Everyone is welcome to those events.

One session, aimed at teenagers, will feature Jackson writer Matt Daly and TRLT biologist Bill Dell’Isola. In “A Place to Roost,” the pair will help young authors write, perform a service project, and learn about vital crane habitat in Teton Valley.

For a full run down of the workshops, visit valleyofthetetonslibrary.org/writing-life-summer-writing-workshops/. The workshops are free but registration is required and space is limited so sign up in advance by calling (208) 354-5522 or stopping by either the Driggs or Victor library.

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