The Cabin’s Summer Program

Boise’s The Cabin has an extensive slate of activities and learning opportunities lined up for the summer and throughout the rest of the year.

Prices range from free to “pay what you can” and on up.

Upcoming writing workshop titles include:

  • Free drop-in writing workshops
  • “Solitude & Ourselves: Writing for Lonely Times”
  • Rainbow Poets: an LGBTQIA+ writing workshop
  • The Art of Nature: an environmental writing workshop
  • Building Worlds Word by Word (how to write great sentences)
  • Meet the Players (character)
  • Generating Flash (of course: flash pieces)

Summer writing camps for kids grades 3 – 12? Check these out:

  • Urban Ink
  • One Acts
  • Cabin Writers
  • Strange Lands
  • Picture This
  • Word Play

And watch their website for news on these upcoming Readings & Conversations with:

  • Reza Aslan
  • Rainn Wilson
  • Amor Towles
  • Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Joy Harjo
  • Ruth Ozeki

Your Writing Career

Past – Present – Future is a three-part seminar, part of the Sisters in Crime SinC Into Great Writing series, during which they’ll discuss the topic from different angles. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, 5 March 2022.

Free to Sisters in Crime members. $25 for non-members.

The seminar includes three panels:

  • Things I Wish I’d Known: Jennifer J. Chow, Jennifer Hillier, Ausma Zehanat Khan , moderated by Wanda M. Morris
  • Publishing in the Present Tense: Michelle Addo, Jenny Chen, Samantha Fabien, moderated by Kellye Garrett
  • Structures for Success: Gigi Pandian, Alex Segura, moderated by Sandra S.G. Wong

Registration required. Read more about it.

TV Reads 2022

The featured title for this year’s Treasure Valley Reads is Anthony Doerr‘s Cloud Cuckoo Land. Doerr is a Boise resident and Pulitzer Prize winner* (for All the Light We Cannot See)

Read more on the Treasure Valley Reads website, which states, in part:

We encourage everyone in the community to read this engaging story and come together at events to learn and experience something new, be creative, and share ideas about themes in the book.

That page also includes an Eventbrite link to attend the free keynote presentation by Mr. Doerr on Friday, 11 March 2022.

*amongst many other awards

Too many newsletters?

It happens to all of us: something or someone looks interesting, you subscribe to their newsletter, and then . . . your inbox explodes. (An aside: we do earnestly hope that you’re subscribing to the IWU newsletter — always short and sweet.)

That being said, your IWU editor has found a few newsletters here and there that seem to have earned their place in one’s inbox. Check them out. You decide.

  • Virtual Author & Writer Events, a Substack by Sarah Nicholas, lists both free and paid online events, neatly organized into: For Readers – Free, For Readers – Paid, For Writers – Free, and (you guessed it) For Writers – Paid. There have been some real gems in here. Once a week. You can submit an event. No cost, though there is a Tip Jar available if you find it useful.
  • Authors Publish is a very succinct newsletter that comes out a couple of times a week. Again: no fee. For those interested in submitting to traditional publishers (periodicals and houses), they can keep you abreast of who’s open to receiving submissions on what topic. They’re very strict on their criteria, and vet everyone they list.

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Doerr @ Morrison Center

The Cabin has arranged its first in-person “Readings & Conversations” in nearly two years, and the author is none other than Anthony Doerr.

The tickets gain you access to either an in-person seat at the Morrison Center in Boise, or you can choose to live-stream it. Mark your calendar for Thursday, 13 January 2022. More details on The Cabin’s website, including a ticket sales link.

Crime Writer’s Week (19 April…)

Free! Slaughter, Gardner, Rankin, Hillier, and more Their first ever Crime Writer’s Week is jam-packed with events for crime and thriller authors….[click heading to read post]

Treasure Valley Reads 2021

What would happen if a whole region read the same book and talked about it? That’s the premise of Treasure Valley Reads. How great is that? Your dedicated website manager had never heard of it before.

This year the book chosen is A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin — compiling the best work of the legendary short story writer.

There are several online events as detailed in this document (link pending), including:

  • March 11: Book discussion (hosted by Garden City library)
  • March 13: Book discussion (hosted by Star Branch Book Club)
  • March 18: Lucia Berlin influences (hosted by Ada Community Library)
  • March 19: Writing Workshop (hosted by Boise Public Library)
  • March 24: Drop-in Book Club (hosted by Boise Public Library)
  • March 25: How we talk about class and race in A Manual for Cleaning Women (hosted by Ada Community Library)
  • and more!!

Learn more about these FREE ONLINE events on the Treasure Valley Reads Events Calendar page.

Mexican Gothic : From manuscript to marketplace

The Authors Guild is presenting Silvia Moreno-Garcia in conversation with Ashleigh Heaton, Julie Leung, and Eddie Schneider on the ever-relevant topic of marketing for authors. Learn more about the book, the author, and the panelists — and sign up.

“Designed with an audience of fellow writers in mind, From Manuscript to Marketplace offers candid conversations about the current realities of publicity, social media, virtual events, working with agents and editors, and more.”

The Zoom meeting requires registration but is free. It begins at 4 p.m. 15 December 2020.

Readings with Patti Smith, Madeline Miller

The Cabin in Boise continues its series of readings this fall – online.

9 October 2020 – A reading with Patti Smith, acclaimed musician and author of Just Kids, M Train, and Year of the Monkey. Patti will also sing a few songs with her longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan. Tickets include complimentary copy of book.

10 November 2020 – A lecture with Madeline Miller, author of Circe and The Song of Achilles. (postponed from this spring)

Poetry reading (online) 16 September

Do you enjoy lively and original poetry? The Live Poets Society Is conducting its first Zoom poetry reading (hosted by its long-time community partner, the Garden City Public Library) on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

There’s no fee and the public is welcome to participate.