Archive for February, 2011

The IWG is bringing in four top West Coast agents to Boise on May 20-21 for an “All About Agents” workshop.

The workshop is especially designed for all book and screen writers who are now, or expect to soon be, looking for a literary agent. We will have panel sessions on the agent-writer relationship, book and film industry today (including small publishers vs. large, and small “indie” films vs. Hollywood film), plus smaller, informal question and answer sessions on fiction, non-fiction, and screen writing. In addition, you will be offered the opportunity to have a one-on-one, ten-minute pitch session with up to two agents of your choice. Lots of time for informal conversation with the agents will also be provided at a Friday evening reception. On Saturday, a continental breakfast and lunch are included in the workshop registration fee. All events will take place at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in downtown Boise.

Information about the four agents (two of them are from Los Angeles and heavily involved in the film industry as well as literary publishing, one from the San Francisco Bay Area, and one from Seattle), the workshop schedule, and registration is now available at:


If you have trouble with the link, you can go to www.idahowritersguild.com , click on “Event Calendar,” and there you’ll find a link to complete information about the workshop.

Space for the one-on-one pitch sessions is limited, so don’t wait until the last minute.  Happy writing!


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Mark your calendars and sharpen your pencils.  Here’s what’s next with the Idaho Writers Guild:

Backtalk: “Pitching – Fast Ball or Slow Curve?” 

March 12th at Sun Ray Cafe in Hyde Park, 11:30-1:30

As we look forward to our agents workshop, May 20-21, where one-on-one pitch sessions will be available, Mary Kelly McColl, Kathy Macintosh and Amanda Turner, successful pitchers all, will lead a discussion on the how-to’s of presenting your book or screenplay to an agent face to face.  If you’re brave enough, bring your log lines and elevator pitches and be ready for some feedback at the Sun Ray Cafe in Hyde Park.  If you can’t make it, not to worry, we’ll continue the discussion at our May 14 Backtalk, just one week prior to the agents workshop, and anyone who wants a dress rehearsal can pitch our panel to warm up for the real thing. 

Panelists Amanda Turner, Mary Kelly McColl and Kathy McIntosh

Lit Lunch: Memoir with guest author J. Reuben Appelman

March 15th at Smoky Mountain Pizza on Parkcenter, 11:30-1:30

J. Reuben Appelman is a graduate of the MFA program at BSU, a multiple grant recipient from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, a poet, novelist, screenwriter and film producer.  He is currently at work on an investigative memoir about a serial killer’s attempted abduction of him as a boy.

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