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Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Sherrie Seibert Goff will lead our August meeting on the topic of writing powerful dialogue. Effective dialogue moves the plot forward, subtly conveys information, creates tension, deepens characterization, creates immediacy, and reveals emotions capable of stirring reader empathy.
We will discuss various techniques to improve one’s writing of dialogue, as well as dialogue’s many roles in the writing of good fiction. Please join us at the Marshall Public Library at 3:30pm.
Second hour will be reserved for readings, if you want to share some of your work. Come to get inspired and enjoy the company of local writer friends.  In the meantime, see you on our Facebook forum at https://facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/.


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Hi Fellow Writers,

March Madness is not just for basketball fans. In the next week, there are so many deliciously literary things going on in Pocatello that — if you’re like me — you’ll have to pick and choose what to attend. Before I get into the meeting info, here’s a sampling of some worthwhile activities.

Rocky Mountain Writers Festival

This annual literary celebration starts tomorrow, March 9 and runs through this Sunday. Check their schedule here. Also, if you’re free and interested, join us this Friday afternoon at 4pm in the Bengal Cafe at the Idaho State University Student Union to sit at the Minnie Howard Writers table (you can sell your books, or simply just show your support).

Bitch Magazine Founder – Keynote Speech Friday March 11

This does conflict with the speaker for the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Festival. However, Andi Zeisler is the founder of Bitch Magazine, one of the coolest feminist magazines out there, and this is a great opportunity to get to know her, and her magazine. (Note that this is part of a whole Gender Conference at ISU, see schedule here.)

Temple Grandin Talk, March 9

Temple is not only a professor and one of the leading faces of autism; she’s also a writer. Even if you can’t get in to see her talk, you might be interested in the book signing afterwards.

If you missed our Feb 19 meeting, Donna Jordahl led a discussion about great hooks and great endings. Thanks to Donna for lending us her time, energy and talents! We also heard from Sherrie Goff and Andrea in the second hour for readings — thanks for sharing, both of you.

So what’s coming up next? Since I’ll be out of town for the next meeting, Larry Ferro has graciously agreed to lead our next meeting. Here’s what he has planned:

Jocelyn asked me to lead the next meeting as she will be spring breaking.  For this meeting, I’d like to focus on characters.  I know we all have favorite characters, protaganist in our stories so I’d like each of us to bring some quitessential passage from your story (a paragraph or a page) that describes your character best and read it to us.
I’ll try to find some examples of my favorite passages that describe characters and I’d ask you to do the same.

In the second hour, we’ll have readings. If you would like to read, just leave a comment to this post (see this page for a refresher on how readings work).

And of course, as always, you can visit our website, Minnie Howard Writers, Pocatello, to see what we’ve done in the past.

Happy writing!

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