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Local Writers Conference

The Idaho Writers League annual conference will be held in Pocatello this year at the Travel Lodge, 133 Burnside, September 22 and 23.  This is a great learning experience sponsored by the league’s local chapter, a chance to meet publishers, agents and other Idaho writers right here in town.

Presenters and workshops will cover a wide variety of topics, including travel writing, outdoor articles, book art/design, self-publishing, marketing, screen writing, and fantasy writing, among others.

If you register by September 1st, the fee for both days, including lunch and the banquet, is $95 for league members or $105 for non-members. Send fees and your contact info to LaDean Messenger, 828 Callie Street, Chubbuck, ID 83202.

You may also register at the door for a fee of $125. If you want to come only on Friday,  the fee is $50.  If you can attend only on Saturday, the fee is $60.   Bring a guest to any meal for $15.

Don’t miss this one.




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Sorry, but the Saturday writers meeting has been cancelled due to low attendance.

It looks like everybody is busy, busy this weekend. Part of it may be due to family stuff and the Riverfest, the Ice Cream Zoofari, and preparations for eclipse viewing on Monday.

The critique group on Sept 2nd may not be a go either, Labor Day being a long holiday weekend.

We will definitely get together September 16th. I think Russell Pike has something interesting for that meeting, and Chris Cole wants to share some of his work in progress.

Keep in touch via our Facebook group forum at https://facebook.com/groups/pocatello writers/.

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Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
July 15, 2017, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Cris Cole had a great idea about critiquing one another’s First Page openings on our facebook group forum – but then others felt hesitant about posting their work online for various reasons.

So, how about we dedicate our July 15th meeting to first page feedback? Everyone please bring an opening scene of something you have written, and we will go around the room orally expressing our reactions as beta readers. In the interest of time, we won’t do extensive written editing on the handouts – just simply offer our verbal reaction as casual readers.

Please try to bring something short to read. Keep it down to a page (or one and a half pages at most, in case you need to leave off at a better stopping point). It can be either fiction or nonfiction. If you have nothing to read right now, no problem; just attend and offer your friendly company and valuable feedback to others.

Things to think about: Were you hooked or intrigued right away? If you were browsing in a bookstore, would you continue reading after glancing at the first page? Were you right away oriented as to the scene, the main character and their dilemma? Too much detail? Not enough tension ? Did you want to turn the page and continue reading? Would you buy this book?

Happy Independence Day, everybody!
See you in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, keep in touch by joining our Facebook OPEN FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pocatellowriters/


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We don’t have a study topic for May, so will use this third-Saturday meeting for all critiques instead.  You can also attend our first-Saturday Critique workshops, same time and place.

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Marshall Public Library
Saturday, October 15, 2016

You pour your energy and soul into a story, wrestle night and day, agonizing over every page and word.  You have gone over your story so many times you are bored with it and no longer able able to  see your writing with fresh eyes, as a casual reader might.

The next step is to let someone else, another writer, editor, or friend give you their honest feedback .

On October 15th, JAMES NORRIS will lead our group in a workshop about “How to Give a Professional Critique”, and how to benefit from receiving one.

Join us to learn more about this valuable writing tool.

In the meantime, keep in touch by joining our Facebook OPEN FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/


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Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
Saturday September 17, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Next Saturday, Ella E. Barnard, a creativity coach from Rockland, will do a presentation about self-publishing on Amazon for our writers’ group. Some questions she may cover are:

* Why do you write?
* What are your biggest worries or fears around writing?
* What is your writing goal for 2016?
* What are your biggest worries about self-publishing?

Please do join us, everybody. This Saturday will be an informative get-together, and we would love to see you all again.

We won’t have time for readings or critiques at this meeting. If you want to share your work with the writers’ group, join us for our full two-hour critique workshops that are held on the first Saturday of each month, same time same place.

Keep in touch by joining our Facebook Open Forum at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/.

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July 16 Meeting Followup

Our meeting today was a lot of fun. Thank you, Tammy. Got to meet three new faces today, as well.  We asked Tammy to continue her lessons for the next two months, so we won’t have time for critiques at next two 3rd Saturday meetings. As it was, they had to kick us out of the library.

For the time being, 1st Saturday meetings will be all for Critiques, and 3rd Saturdays will be for two full hours of Workshop, Study Sessions or How-to stuff.   Announcement reminders will be sent out a week ahead of time.

In the meantime keep in touch or hang out with us at our Facebook GROUP FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/

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