Boise Novel Orchard

29 Sep

Boise Novel Orchard is a local support system for writers—literary, fantasy, suspense, romance, science fiction, and poetry. It’s all-inclusive. It’s also a well-rounded group that offers three different meetings each month.

Critique Meetings: The organization began three years ago in November, a continuation of National Novel Writing Month (NanoWriMo), and the critique group continued to meet. Participants share twenty pages of fiction or five poems with other members to be critiqued and then discussed at the next meeting.

Seminars: A year after the critique group was established, a second monthly meeting was implemented, where select components of the writing craft are discussed. These seminars are generally led by the group’s founders, husband and wife team Sam and Megan Justice. Both graduated from Boise State University with degrees in English.

I participated in the workshop meeting on September 14th. The topic for that evening was Point of View (POV). POV is something I feel that I do quite well, but I found the discussion fascinating and learned several things that evening.

Book Club: This year Boise Novel Orchard added a third monthly meeting to their line-up—a book club. In this book club, books are read and evaluated from a writer’s perspective. Was the book successful? Why or why not? It’s a study of the author’s technique. A particular literary theme is selected quarterly. The group is currently reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.

Boise Novel Orchard is a fascinating organization. With a critique group, seminars, and a book club, it is well-rounded, and it’s led in a knowledgeable but relaxed manner. Critique meetings and workshops are held at Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise. The book club meets at Hyde Park Books in Boise’s north end. You’ll want to contact the leaders to confirm the dates and times. Here’s a link to their website


Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Idaho, workshops, writers


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16 responses to “Boise Novel Orchard

  1. johannaharness

    September 29, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    I’d never heard of this group. Thanks for telling us more about them, Carley.

    • Carley Ash

      September 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      You are most welcome.

  2. Janis McCurry

    September 29, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    Another great resource for writers. Thanks!!

    • Carley Ash

      September 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      I’m discovering more and more all the time.

  3. Meredith Conner

    September 29, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Ah, if only I lived closer!

    • Carley Ash

      September 29, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      They are working on getting an online group established.

  4. Clarissa Southwick

    September 29, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    I had no idea there were so many writing groups in Boise. You always do such a great job of sorting them out. Thanks, Carley 🙂

    • Carley Ash

      September 29, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Thanks, Clarissa.

  5. Liz Fredericks

    September 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Carley, you’re providing a great service to individuals in the region who are interested in learning more about the craft. Nice job.

    • Carley Ash

      September 29, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      Thank you, Liz.

  6. Peggy Staggs

    September 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    I didn’t know this existed. Thanks for the information.

    • Carley Ash

      September 29, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      We have a wealth of writers in this town.

  7. Lynn Mapp

    September 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Carley Ash

      September 30, 2011 at 10:48 PM

      You are welcome, Lynn.

  8. P. L. Parker

    September 30, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    POV – I could use more of that myself.

  9. Mary Vine

    October 1, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    I didn’t know much about this group, so thanks for sharing. It sounds like the perfect group for the poet, too.


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