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.

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Lake House Retreat in No. Idaho

Find your inspiration and apply what you learn while staying in this cute lake house nestled among the cedars of North Idaho.

  • Limited spots are available.
  • Accommodation fees are modest as are the session fees.
  • Women-only retreat.

This write and work writers retreat will focus on preparing your product and getting it published. 

Register and learn more about it on this Lake House Retreat Registration Page.

There is also a Facebook page for the event.

4-6 November 2022

The accommodation options are very flexible and range from $150 to $250 with “Buddy [room-share] Add-ons” at a reduced price.

Your ticket will include two nights’ accommodations, three meals and a dessert Charcuterie board Friday night, as well as all seven sessions and a group critique. One-on-one critiques or edits can be purchased for an additional fee.

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

High School Students – Harriman Time!

Join other high school students 31 July – 6 August 2022 for an intensive week of imaginative writing with professionals in Idaho’s finest outdoor classroom, Harriman State Park. 

  • Experience nature’s beauty and solitude first-hand.
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
  • Open yourself to new writing styles.
  • Join a community of writers your age.
  • Try watercolor painting, storytelling, or paper making.
  • Ride horses, meet moose, and watch trumpeter swans.
  • Explore the trails and meadows of Idaho’s finest outdoor classroom.
  • Read your work to an appreciative audience.
  • And publish your finished work (or works) in Henrys Fork Journal.

Guiding writers and staff, as of date of this post, include:

  • Christian Winn
  • Nichole LeFavour
  • Dwayne Blackaller
  • Sherry Briscoe
  • Jessica Holmes
  • Daniel Hidalgo
  • Kara Hidalgo
  • Kate Baray

Your Jan/Feb workshops

The Cabin (Boise) has released their January and February 2022 workshops. There appears to be something for everyone, genre- and interest-wise. In addition, there’s a mix of online and in-person opportunities, depending upon your location and pandemic concerns.

Here’s a quick list. Visit their website for more details. Scholarships available.

Writing Productivity

This Saturday (13 November 2021, beginning at 11:30 a.m. MT) Kate Baray will host an Idaho Writers Guild “Write Track” session a topic relevant to most writers — conveniently in the middle of NaNoWriMo month.

She’ll discuss two of her favorite tactics: accountability and sprinting.

The online meeting will open with discussion, move to Kate’s suggestions, and close with some short sprints.

You can RSVP on Facebook or just join the meeting on Zoom.

Photo by Maico Amorim on Unsplash

12 June Writer’s Retreat

Join the write-ins or participate in workshops on:

  • Getting Away With Murder: Top 3 Perfect Poisons
  • Build Better Characters With the Dictionary of American Regional English
  • Create Unique Characters and Unpredictable Plots With Tarot

Sponsored by the Boise chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Coeur Du Bois, registration is open at — free and open to the public, and completely online.

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.

30 January 2021 : Join ICAN for a “Write on Writing Retreat”

The Idaho Creative Writer’s Network (ICAN) invites everyone to join together for a full-day writing retreat. Register ahead of time (or just show up). It’s:

  • Free
  • Online (so no COVID-19 worries and clothing is casual-casual)

On January 30, we’ll welcome you at 9:00 am on Facebook, meet back at noon to check our progress, have a mid-afternoon Facebook break and then conclude at 5:00 pm on Facebook to report our mutual success.

Read more about it on the Idaho Creative Writer’s Network website and on the ICAN Facebook page.

See you there!

Do you work with children’s books?

A new addition to our Writers’ organizations in (and near) Idaho page is the local (Utah and southern Idaho) chapter of SCBWI — the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illlustrators.

They’re currently meeting via Zoom (online conference, during COVID) with the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 6:30 p.m. You can network with colleagues and even submit your work for feedback. Contact to register for the meeting and to answer any questions you might have.

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