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IWG October Literary Lunch

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IWG Literary Lunch: The Profession of Writing

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise

Presenter / Program: George Mullin / How to Ask for Business

 George Mullin is Senior Assistant General Counsel at Micron. Prior to joining Micron in 2011, George was a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin, a large international law firm.

How proactive are you in going after writing assignments? From identifying individuals who could hire you to making your submissions more appealing, there is a process that our speaker George Mullin has found to be effective. Learn about that process at this month’s Literary Lunch.

The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (except November and December). Network with writers and others in the literary community and get rejuvenated! The Literary Lunches are open to the public.

For more information about the IWG Literary Lunch, contact Merilee Marsh, 208-921-5328, or email mm@merileemarsh.com.

September Backtalk

We kick off the fall edition of Backtalk with a discussion on Protagonist vs. Antagonist.  Bring your favorite heros and villains to share as we delve into what makes them tick, and explore the best ways to make these key story elements click in a way that will hook your readers and keep them turning pages.

Where:  Chili’s, Franklin and Milwaukee
When:  Saturday, September 20, 11:30 – 1:30.
Note:  Backtalk will take a break for the Holiday’s in November, but will return in January on it’s regular bi-monthly schedule.

September Literary Lunch

Tuesday September 16th 11:30-1:30 at the Riverside Hotel 2900 Chinden

Speaker: Nancy Buffington, Boise SpeakWell—Speaking Skills for Writers.

As a writer, you know how to communicate with the written word. How are you with verbal communication? Whether it’s reading your work out loud to an audience, promoting yourself via an electronic interview, or making a pitch to a publisher, speaking well stretches the effectiveness of your communication.

Nancy Buffington is an Executive Communications Coach who has taught and tutored writing and public speaking for more than 20 years at four universities. With a background in the performing arts, she holds a Ph.D. in English.

The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (except November and December). Network with writers and others in the literary community and get rejuvenated! The Literary Lunches are open to the public.

Larry Brooks to conduct an all-day writing class in Boise November 8th, 2014

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Larry Brooks

Here is what best-selling novelist, Larry Brooks, has to say about his November 8th all-day workshop in Boise:

“This no-frills workshop (artful rhetoric will not be part of the curriculum) will take what you’ve been taught about “The Basics” and turn it inside out.  Because those basics too often lead to “good” novels, when in today’s highly competitive and rapidly shifting market only original and truly “great” novels get published and have a real shot at finding a readership.  “Great” is no accident, there are specific differentiating factors, criteria and benchmarks that enable greatness over and above the so-called “basic elements” of good fiction… which is what everybody else is shooting for.  Bring a crash helmet, this will be intense.”

Brooks has developed and taught workshops around the country since the mid-1980s. Check out his blog at www.storyfix.com to read more about him and his two blockbuster writing books, Story Engineering:  Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing, released in 2011 from Writers Digest Books, and Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling.

Spend a day with this phenomenal teacher and learn why his six core competencies not only work, but can also be found in virtually every successful piece of fiction ever written. He’ll break down the process of storytelling into specific developmental criteria, from concept to character to sequence and theme, and give you a vision for how all the parts of your story can become a whole in excess of their parts. You’ll come away with a new perspective on your own work and the pathways that can make it not just a good story, but a great one.

No matter where you are in your writing career, no matter what you write, you do not want to miss this workshop. Seating will be limited, so sign up now! Click here to register.

August Literary Lunch

Tuesday August 19th 11:30-1:30 at the Riverside Hotel 2900 Chinden

Program:  Tennessee Williams’ Writing Process and the Relevance for Today’s Writers 

Speaker: Jacky O’Connor, Boise State University Professor

For more information about the IWG Literary Lunch, contact Merilee Marsh, 208-921-5328, or email mm@merileemarsh.com

The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (except November and December). Network with writers and others in the literary community and get rejuvenated! The Literary Lunches are open to the public.

July literary lunch

Tuesday July 15th 11:30-1:30 at the Riverside Hotel 2900 Chinden

Program:  How the Library Can Help Writers 

Speakers: Boise Public Library’s Lorie Broumand and Heidi Lewis 

The Boise Public Library fills a significant role in the writing community. Among other topics, attendees will learn how the BPL helps with books (how to write a novel or how to get published), why it’s beneficial for local writers to book an appointment with a librarian, what online tools (QueryTracker, Duotrope…) are useful, what the BPL will offer in the future for local writers, and an overview of the BPL Writing Workshop.

For more information about the IWG Literary Lunch, contact Merilee Marsh, 208-921-5328, or email mm@merileemarsh.com

The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (except November and December). Network with writers and others in the literary community and get rejuvenated! The Literary Lunches are open to the public.

June Literary Lunch

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Location: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program: The Business of Writing    Presenter: Diane Raptosh, Boise’s Poet Laureate and Idaho’s Writer-in-Residence

The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (except November and December). Network with writers and others in the literary community and get rejuvenated! The Literary Lunches are open to the public.   For more information about the IWG Literary Lunch, contact Merilee Marsh, 208-921-5328, or email mm@merileemarsh.com.

Idaho Writers Guild May Luncheon

Program: A writer’s round-up

Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden, Boise- Click here for a map

May’s Literary Lunch features roundtables of discussion. The questions from the attendees at each table will generate the discussion. There will be three rounds: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, 12:15-12:45 p.m., 12:45-1:15 p.m. (Announcements will take place from 12 noon to 12:15 p.m.) You are welcome to stay at a particular table or move to another table of your choice.

Rendezvous Recap-Doug Copsey

Peer Writing Groups-Jim Lambert

 Editing-Stacy Ennis

 ePublishing-Joanne Pence

Editing-Donna Cook

Networking-Elaine Ambrose

For more information about the IWG Literary Lunch, contact Merilee Marsh, 208-921-5328, or email mm@merileemarsh.com The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (except November and December). Network with writers and others in the literary community and get rejuvenated! The Literary Lunches are open to the public. 

 Upcoming lunches:
 
June 17 Diane Raptosh, Boise’s Poet Laureate and Idaho’s Writer-in-Residence-The Profession of Writing  July 15 Lorie Broumand and Heidi Lewis-How the Library Can Help Writers August 19 Jacky O’Connor, Boise State University Professor-Tennessee Williams’ Writing Process and the Relevance for Today’s Writers

SCBI Annual Writing Conference

SCBWI Annual Writing Conference

Tell Me a Story

2014 Regional Conference

April 25th -26th, 2014

Don’t miss our annual writing conference for readers, writers, teachers, and librarians of children’s literature. Sponsored by Boise State Department of Literacy, SCBWI, ICIRA.

Featured Speakers:

Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince, The Runaway King, and Book 6 of Scholastic’s Infinity Ring Series.

Melissa Miller, Associate Editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Gregory Taylor, librarian at Hillside Junior High School in Boise, Idaho.

Kelly Gallagher, literacy education expert, full time English teacher at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, author of Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It, Reading Resources: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School, Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12, and more.

 When and Where:

Book signing by authors: Friday, April 25, 2014, 4:00-5:30 pm at Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. 8th Street, in Boise.

ICIRA Reception, Awards Dinner: Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:30-8:30 pm, BSU Student Union Building, Bishop Barnwell Room with dinner and keynote speaker, Kelly Gallagher.

Conference: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:45 am-5:00 pm

Boise State University, Student Union Building, Lookout Room, 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725

Manuscript critiques and graduate, undergraduate,

and in-service credit available.

 Register at SCBWI (Utah/Southern Idaho Chapter, Events)

 

April book club

Dear IWG Book Club Members,
The next meeting to discuss The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh will be on April 9th at 6pm at Merilee Marsh’s home at 2404 Parkside Drive in Boise. Please let me know if you can make it.
If you want to bring a dish you can sign up by going to Perfect Potluck. Enter coordinator last name: Turner. And password: Flowers.
May’s selection is Runaway by Alice Munro, followed by Emma Donoghue’s Room in June.
Happy Reading,
Amanda
 
A.K. Turner
Phone: 208-949-4683