Idaho Writer’s Guild Launches New Series

The publishing world is changing daily, it seems, and interest in non-traditional forms of publishing is rampant. As “Writers Working for Writers,” the Idaho Writer’s Guild is proud to launch a new program series, “Random Readings,” for writers and readers to explore together what publishing means to them and how to go about it. 

Random Readings kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cabin in downtown Boise. This series will be held on a quarterly basis, and each will focus on a different theme. At each Random Reading, featured writers will share their experiences moving words from their muse to the printed page. 

They will read from their books, with commentary about how they tamed their material. Plenty of time will be left for asking questions and sharing thoughts about the nuts and bolts of the publishing processes they chose. The afternoon includes refreshments and time to socialize. 

On Jan. 30, Bonnie Dodge, Dixie Thomas Reale and Patricia Santos Marcantonio venture from their Magic Valley homes to Boise to share how they wrote and published “Voices from the Snake River Plain.” A collection of short stories, poems and essays published in 2009, the book has been described as “a small treasure….we learn there is beauty in the landscape around us and people with stories to tell.” Tales by these award-winning writers touch on disparate subjects: a jackalope, an old Mexican ghost story, haunting landscapes and a road trip with Louis L’Amour and Zane Gray. 

Boisean Valerie Robertson reads from her debut novel, “Blade’s Edge.” She is a former president of the Coeur du Bois Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and the founding and current president of the Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, which produces the Murder in the Grove mystery conference. Valerie also organizes the Boise Speculative Fiction writer’s support group.  

Also from Boise, Ken McConnell is both traditionally published and self-published.  A software test technician, Ken wrote and published “Starstrikers” in 2008. His first novel is “a military space novel that takes place between two galactic civilizations.” He also wrote “Null Pointer,” a mystery novel about a programmer sleuth.

“Random Readings” will take place in the Jean Wilson Reading Room, on the garden level of The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise. Admission is free; non-members are welcome. For further information contact Diane Graham at diane@idahowritersguild.org. Information about the Idaho Writers Guild is available at http://www.idahowritersguild.com.

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