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Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Writers' Conference Resource Guide

If you think you’d like to attend a writer’s conference this year, but need a little guidance on finding the right one for your writing needs and budget, you might want to check out Shaw Guides.

It lists conferences in all fifty states as well as worldwide.

Here is a list of conferences in Idaho to get you started:

1. Granite Creek Ranch Fiction Workshop
Workshops, reading of western writing; cattle drives & trail rides on the ranch.
Ririe, ID

2. Idaho Writer's League Annual Conference
Speakers and workshops with emphasis on websites, marketing, and publishing.
Coeur d'Alene, ID

3. Lost Horse Writers' Conference
Workshops, readings, panel discussions, master classes & recreation. Classes offered in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.
Sandpoint, ID

4. Murder In The Grove
Workshops & panels, Q&A, master class.
Boise, ID

5. Payette Lake Writers Conference
Friday: all-day fiction workshop (separate enrollment); Sat & Sun: presenters & workshops.
McCall, ID

6. River's Edge Retreats
Lectures, entertainment, group interaction, writing time.
St. Anthony, ID

7. Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators - Utah/So. Idaho Chapter
1-day workshop featuring lectures, writing exercises, discussion and critique.
Long Beach, CA : Boise, ID

8. Sun Valley Center for the Arts Writers Workshop
Memoir writing workshop
Hailey, ID

9. Sun Valley Writers' Conference & Workshop
Small group breakout sessions, panel discussions, readings, talks.
Sun Valley, ID


  1. Great idea going to at least one conference. It can help kick your muse into high gear. I'm thinking Murder in the Grove sounds good. Anyone who wants to hitch a ride is more than welcome. Thanks Linda for listing these. Sue Anne

    1. Hi Linda:

      I didn't see any dates listed for these conferences.The dates for each of these Idaho conferences would be nice.

  2. Bill, click on "conferences in Idaho" just above the list. It's in bold red.

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