Plotting issues?

Are you a visual thinker? Do you have an outlining process, but you just don’t enjoy it? Are you disorganized or a repentant panster? Join us as author, editor, book coach, and the education lead for Plottr, Troy Lambert, shares how using this software can help you craft better stories faster, avoid plot holes before they happen, and even create a robust and powerful series bible.

Join the Coeur du Bois (local RWA chapter) as their guests for this free online presentation on Saturday, 5 Feb., at 1 p.m. MT.

Register beforehand at

Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, author, and blogger who lives, works, and plays in Boise, Idaho with the love of his life and three very talented dogs. Passionate about writing dark psychological thrillers, he is an avid cyclist, skier, hiker, all-around outdoorsman, and a terrible beginning golfer.

POV Puzzle You?

The USA Today bestselling novelist and winner of the Anthony Award, Simon Wood, will speak on “Understanding the All-Important and Sometimes Elusive POV” courtesy of the Grand Canyon chapter of Sisters In Crime (SinC).

This free presentation, via Zoom, will begin at 10:30 a.m. (MT) on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Registration is required.

Topics Simon will cover include:

  • How to decide which character is the best to tell your story
  • Identifying the worst mistakes authors make with POV, and how to avoid them
  • When you should use multiple POVs
  • Creating a hierarchy for POV characters

Again, this is a free presentation courtesy of the Grand Canyon Writers (SinC).

Photo by Judith Prins on Unsplash

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

Romance Writers’ Week

ProWritingAid is hosting a FREE week of sessions October 11 – 15. (You may recall their Thriller Writers’ Week earlier this year.)

Join hundreds of other romance writers to learn what makes a romance novel swoon-worthy. Whether you’re writing contemporary, paranormal, historical, or speculative romance (or something in between), you’ll find practical, actionable sessions to help you plan, write, and market your romance story.

Learn from bestselling authors like Tia WilliamsTalia HibbertLouise Dean, and Carolyn Brown, as well as romance writing experts from Pages & PlatformsSimon & SchusterHarlequinRomance Writers of America, and more

Inkers Con : for authors

Through the good people at BookBrush we’ve just learned about an all-online, open-internationally conference conducted over three weeks (July 17 – August 2). For a single price (payable in two installments) their digital conference allows viewing of all 26 online presentations! Digital attendees will have three years to access the content. Attendees will receive membership in the exclusive Facebook group, have access to live Q&As, and can host or participate in attendee-led roundtable discussions.

Topics lean toward author-support and business with several live-chat-with-author sessions.

Read more about it on their website:

TheLastSale – 50% off all

Dean Wesley Smith and Kathryn Rusch have been doing sales on their vast catalogue of online courses all through the pandemic (about every two months) but this is it.

The last sale on every WMG Publishing Workshop, Lecture, Pop-up, Classic, and Subscription.

From 6 June until Thursday 17 June.

And then that’s it.

Read the announcement of the writer’s sale and check out all the offerings. Well worth it.

Write on the Sound (1-3 Oct.)

Usually, WOTS is an Edmonds, Washington event, but this year it’s going to be online.

It’s a small, affordable conference focused on the craft of writing. A broad variety of sessions, workshops and panel discussions are available for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today’s writing and publishing industry. 

Registration opens 9 August and is a la carte. The schedule includes keynote speaker Lisa See on “Building the Story: Writers’ Process & Research.”

  • There’s a writing contest opportunity for any registered authors.
  • You can have your manuscript or poetry critiqued by a professional author or writing instructor.

Workshops include:

  • Getting Published: From Traditional to Self-Publishing
  • Revision Made Easy
  • Making a Scene: Getting Your Characters to Act (Out)
  • Your Vision / Your Voice
  • It was a Dark and Stormy Night
  • What Good is Research?
  • Fifteen Tips for Getting (Happily) Published
  • Memory and Imagination: Tools for Writers of Memoir
  • Pillars of Great Nonfiction Writing
  • The Secret Power of Verbs
  • Understanding Narrative Structure
  • How Cross-Disciplinary Writing Can Enhance Your Craft and Elevate Your Career
  • Creating Emotional Impact in Fiction and Memoir
  • Spark the Fire: Improvisational Techniques for Writers
  • The Three Step Formula for Building an Author Platform
  • A Vivid Sense of Place
  • Who’s That Talking: The Problem With Point of View
  • Indigenous Ekphrastic Technique: Bending Boundaries, Breaking Barriers
  • Creating Believable Villains

Willamette Writers Conference

Mark your calendar. The 2021 Willamette Writers Conference will again be all online: 29 July through 1 August 2021.

They’ll have workshops, Master Classes, pitching, and Zoom games aplenty. Everything for you to connect with your community, develop your craft, and expand your career as a writer!

There will be plenty of announcements and communications to come, but for now, mark your calendars … and sign up for the WW newsletter if you’re not already receiving them.