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.
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 http://www.thecabinidaho.org/.
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 http://www.thecabinidaho.org/idaho-writers-guild/.
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.