Idaho Mystery (etc.) Writers…

Do you write mysteries, suspense, crime fiction, thrillers? You are heartily invited to join us, sisters (and brothers)!

An Idaho chapter of the international crime-writer’s association, Sisters In Crime, is in the process of forming. Our first meeting will be in Boise one week from today, on 12 January (5-7 p.m. MT).

Meetings will be in Boise every other month. Check out their website, IdahoSinC.com, for more information.

Curated Calls & Competitions

Today IWU would like to acknowledge what looks to be a terrifically useful resource — a wealth of over 80* no-fee, paying opportunities for writers.

*and that’s just for this issue of her newsletter

Erika Dreifus regularly serves up these huge piles of contests, competitions, and other opportunities — potentially saving writers an appreciable amount of online research.

Visit her Practicing Writing website and/or subscribe to her newsletter.

Treasure Valley Writer?

We want YOU.

A New Program in the Treasure Valley Solicits Writers

If you’re a writer, you might find it difficult to get your work into potential readers’ hands (and ears). Writers Read, a program in Star, addresses the problem by giving writers a chance to read their work in public.

Mark your calendar

Location: Ada Community Library, Star Branch

Free, starting at 5:30 p.m. MT

  • 17 January
  • 21 February
  • 21 March

Your participation will encourage the organizers to continue!

More about it

Every month we’ll meet, featuring up to four authors per event. Participants can read anything they’re working on:

  • fiction, poetry
  • memoir
  • children’s lit
  • nonfiction
  • graphic novels

Writers Read organizer Tina Johnson is looking for writers to read at upcoming events in January, February, and March. “We’re inviting writers with all levels of experience across the Treasure Valley and beyond. “We’re excited to hear from teen as well as adult writers,” she said.

Be the audience

The program also seeks audience members. “It’s a great event for listeners as well,” Johnson said. The program lasts about an hour and includes time to chat with authors around the refreshment table.

If you have any questions, contact Tina Johnson at: starwritersread@yahoo.com
To sift out spam, please use this subject line — Writers Read Firstname Lastname — for example, Writers Read Jane Smith

Happy Horror-days

Hallowe’en has passed, but every month is a good month for excellent horror. Screenwriters, feast your eyes on these “Best Horror Movie Scripts of All Time” from The Script Lab. All it takes is a free sign-up to be able to dissect pages and pages of the greatest scary and terrifying movie scripts:

Halloween, Alien, Scream, 28 Days Later, The Exorcist, The Thing (1982), Hereditary, The Conjuring, Candyman, A Quiet Place, Night of the Living Dead, Insidious

Read Newspapers @ Library

Yes, there are lots of newspapers and magazines to trawl through at your local library — but your library card may be your passport around those irritating paywalls, as well.

(A brief aside, recognizing that work deserves monetary compensation, including writers and responsible journalists, and the organizations they work for. All true. But we still are irritated by paywalls, aren’t we?)

Check with your local library to see if their services include subscriptions to magazines and periodicals such as: Idaho Statesman, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, New York Times, and more.

If you’re in Boise, check out this page in the BPL’s Research and Learning section for what you might be able to access.

Photo by Alfons Morales on Unsplash

Sometimes, a Shepherd…

Remember when discovering a new book was always a fun experience? Any more, one feels battered by vendor advertisements or lost deep in the machine that is Goodreads.

Enter Shepherd.com – now in beta, but eminently functional.

Tell me where else you could find human-curated (actually, author-curated) lists of:

Or browse by Wikipedia topic and find a treasure trove of books on friendship, China, or Magic-Supernatural, for example.

Recommended by your website editor as a fun and positive and most interesting browse.