The Cabin and the Idaho Writers Guild

15 Sep

In the next few weeks, I’m going to tell you about a few of the resources available to writers in the Boise area. I’ll start with two of my favorite, The Cabin and the Idaho Writers Guild (IWG). I enjoy membership in both. You may join The Cabin without joining the IWG, but to be a member of IWG, you must be a member of The Cabin. Currently you can join both for six months at half the price. It’s a great opportunity to check out these two groups.

The Cabin

This organization is located in that building you see between the Boise River and the Boise Public Library on Capital Blvd. One of my favorite things about The Cabin is its Annual Readings and Conversations, featuring nationally-acclaimed literary figures. This year’s line-up includes:

Jonathan Franzen, the author of The Corrections and Freedom. Both were Oprah’s book club picks. I’ve read the first and am currently enjoying the second.

Nicole Krauss, the author of Great House and The History of Love.

Elizabeth Strout, the author of Amy and Isabelle and Olive Kitteridge, a novel I absolutely adore. I loved the main character in this book and the way Strout created this story from a series of short stories. Very clever.

Scott Simon, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition and the author of Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other and Pretty Birds.

The events are held at Boise’s Egyptian Theater. If you don’t want to buy season tickets, individual tickets will be available as the dates approach. For additional information, go to The Cabin’s website

The Cabin also hosts various writer workshops, author readings, writing camps in the summer, as well as other events.

Idaho Writers Guild

This is a relatively new group, and they’ve already organized some great functions and events.

They offer a monthly Literary Lunch at Smokey Mountain Pizza on Parkcenter in Boise where you can buy a lunch, if you like, and listen to the speaker.

Backtalk is held bi-monthly at the Sun Ray Café on 13th in Boise. I participated in one of these events where a local attorney talked about copy write law. What a valuable afternoon that was.

The group also put on the All About Agents conference I blogged about earlier this year, and there are plans in the works for a larger conference.

If you’re interested in joining the IWG, here’s a link for more information, as well as details on the current half year offer I mentioned above

Again, this is a great time to try out a membership due to the half-year—half-price offer. I hope to see some of you at these events.


Posted by on September 15, 2011 in community, Idaho, workshops, writers


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16 responses to “The Cabin and the Idaho Writers Guild

  1. P. L. Parker

    September 15, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    I’ve often wondered about the Cabin. Thanks for the info.

    • Carley Ash

      September 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      I’ve enjoyed being a member of The Cabin and have been very impressed with IWG.

  2. Janis McCurry

    September 15, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    Great info, Carley. I look forward to reading more about the organizations in the coming weeks.

    • Carley Ash

      September 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      Thanks, Janis. I participated in another group last night and am looking forward to sharing what I learned in my next blog.

  3. Peggy Staggs

    September 15, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    very interesting. There are a lot of resources there for poets and the literary genera.

    • Carley Ash

      September 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      They are great groups.

  4. Liz Fredericks

    September 15, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    This is great information, Carley. I learn something new every time you blog. Thank you –

    • Carley Ash

      September 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      Thanks, Liz.

  5. johannaharness

    September 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Thanks, Carley! I love hearing about local resources. 🙂

    • Carley Ash

      September 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      I’m learning we have a lot of groups from which writers can choose.

  6. Steph

    September 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Carley, I love your blogs. I learn something or get a laugh out of everyone you write.

    • Carley Ash

      September 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      Thanks, Steph.

  7. Mary Vine

    September 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Thanks for the info, Carley.

  8. Carley Ash

    September 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    You are most welcome.

  9. Emily Ryan

    September 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Hi Carley. Thanks so much for the wonderful write-up! I really enjoyed meeting you at the IWG lunch this afternoon and I look forward to seeing you at Readings & Conversations.

    -Emily (from The Cabin)

    • Carley Ash

      September 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

      Thanks Emily. I enjoyed visiting with you too. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks for checking out the blog.


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