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 http://boisenovelorchard.org/