Suspense Voice & Theme

Mystery Writers of America (Northwest Chapter) is presenting a full-day mini-conference 11 February. It’s online, and available to nonmembers as well.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite – $10/members and $20 for nonmembers.

Agenda includes
  • Increasing Pace & Suspense with Intentional Rewrites, presented by Elena Taylor
  • Writing Essentials: Voice & Theme, presented by Briana Lane

Read more about the courses and the presenters on the Eventbrite site.

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,, for more information.


  • Do you, or someone you know, want to learn how to write a script for the big screen?
  • Have you thought of entering the i48 Film Festival, but don’t feel you have the skills needed?
  • Are you an author with a published book or short story that would make a great film?

The Catalyst Arts Collaborative* now has an 8-week SCREENWRITING 101 class. It will run Wednesday evenings 8 Feb. through 29 March (6:30 – 7:30 p.m. MT). SPACES ARE LIMITED. Instructor: Sherry Briscoe

*2417 W. Bank Drive, Boise

In this class

  • You’ll learn all the basics of screenwriting
  • You’ll write a screenplay from start to finish

Note: The Catalyst is actively seeking instructors in related fields, such as: camera operation, sound, and directing

Vancouver Writers Fest – streamed

LIMITED TIME ACCESS — Passes are on sale now for their Digital Festival Release: 30 specially curated events, many previously sold out, representing some of the most intriguing, edifying, and fun offerings from our 2022 Festival, available online. Pay What You Can: $0 – $20 – $100 [recommended] – $250

Update! Extended through 30 JANUARY (was 6 January)

Sunny Beaches in February

…at a writer’s retreat. Yes! It’s possible. While your friends and neighbors are bemoaning gray skies and dismal snow slush, you could be honing your writing skills at WRITER’S CAMP with well-known local author Amanda Turner 5-19 February 2023.

Spend 5 days and 4 nights in a creative paradise...we’re confident that you’ll find Writers Camp to be a safe and encouraging environment.

Read all about it and register on this page. SPACES ARE LIMITED.

Photo by Sean Oulashin on Unsplash

Tribal Laws & Justice

The Mystery Writers of America, Northwest Chapter, will be presenting a rich program 15 October for writers wanting to learn about tribal laws and justice. It’s online (Zoom) and only $10 or $25.

You need something unusual and unique for your plot. The protagonist travels to a tribal casino for a little recreational gambling or enjoy a dinner at the casino’s fab restaurant. His server is a Native American woman who later disappears that night. And he becomes the prime suspect? Who has jurisdiction in the case? The Feds, the tribe, or the county? Or your protagonist gets a DUI on tribal lands. Who handles the case?

These and other questions will be addressed by experts dealing with these and other tribal issues during the Chapter Seminar on Tribal Juridiction Matters.  

Register at Eventbrite today!!!

Ticket holders can join us Saturday, OCTOBER 15, from 9 AM to 3 PM – or view the recorded event later – or both!

     MWA-Northwest is thrilled to present five distinguished speakers, serving both local and distant tribal nations, to discuss the impact of jurisdictional issues between the tribes and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • Suquamish Tribal Police Chief Mike Lasnier has over 35 years of law enforcement service and experience.
  • Suquamish Tribal Deputy Police Chief Mark L. Williams sits on several tribal, county, and state collaborations focused on helping criminals reentering society upon release from jail or prison in an effort to reduce recidivism. Additionally, he is the sole representative for all U.S. tribes on the Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reporting modernization project.
  • DAN RAAS spent 39 years representing the Lummi Nation in Whatcom County. He served as an Associate Justice and later Chief Justice on the Tulalip Court of Appeals.
  • MIKE MCBRIDE has served as attorney general for the Seminole Nation, as justice of the Pawnee Nation Supreme Court as attorney general to the Sac and Fox Nation.
  • TROY EID currently serves as the elected President of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. He has also served as chair of the Indian Law and Order Commission (the national advisory board to the President and Congress for strengthening public safety for all 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Portland Book Fest 2022

Portland Book Festival returns on Saturday, November 5, 2022. This daylong event features author discussions, pop-up readings, writing workshops for youth and adults, kids’ story time, an extensive book fair, local food trucks, and more!

Click here to view this year’s full author lineup. Day-of Festival schedule will be released in October.

You can find virtual and in-person writing workshops at our downtown Literary Arts space. Passes are only $15-25 (with free admission for high school students). There are also premium add-on events.

Read all about it.

Long Live Romance!

Romance Writers’ Week is coming 24-28 October 2022. This is a free week of writing training with expert authors, publishers, and marketers (including NYT bestselling author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & the Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and more).

Did I mention it’s free. Register here. And no travel cost: it’s all online.

  • Learn from award-winning romance authors including Sarah MacLean and Lizzie Camilla Blackburn
  • Connect with fellow romance authors in daily networking events
  • Gain valuable knowledge and practical skills to help you obtain your writing goals

Sponsored by ProWritingAid.

Photo by 德綱 曾 on Unsplash

Write Sci-Fi?

They’ve done it for Romance and for Thrillers, and now ProWritingAid is doing it again. Learn from award-winning authors like Andy Weir, Gareth Powell, and Nghi Vo. Unlock the secrets for writing, editing, and publishing a science fiction story at this free weeklong online summit from August 29 – September 2, 2022.

It’s all free. Register and learn more on their site.

  • Connect with like-minded writers in daily live networking sessions
  • Discover tips and tricks for outlining, drafting, editing, marketing, and publishing from renowned experts.