Upcoming Events

4th Annual
Treasure Valley Writers' Fest

Oregon Trail Church of God
23057 Old Highway 30
Caldwell, ID 83607
October 20, 2018

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
The Fourth Annual ICAN Treasure Valley Writers' Fest and Writing Contest promises to be packed with information and interaction for beginning and established writers seeking to improve their writing and marketing skills. A networking dinner will give attendees the opportunity to interact with fellow writers and presenters.

Presenters include the ICAN Executive Committee, JoEllen Claypool, Carol Peterson, and Carol Kjar. Our guest speaker is local author, Mary Vine! Our theme is Working Together, Writing Better. Come prepared to engage in a writing activity to practice what you have learned. Bring two pages of your own writing that you are willing to share in a group! 

Conquering the Fear and the Excuses: When it comes to writing and sharing your writing, there are many obstacles and fears you may face. JoEllen is going to explore some way to conquer fears (and mostly excuses) so that we can fulfill our writing goals.
Your Writing Becomes You: Mary will talk about her journey from fear to confidence, elements of writing, expectations, a writing plan, the importance of beta readers and book reviews, and will suggest a method to find the right publisher for your polished manuscript.
Critique Groups: Ideation for Writers: Do you wonder what readers will think of your book? Asking fellow writers for a critique can help you over plot problems and give insight into what your readers might think. Carol Kjar will explain how working together in a critique group can help your best story to come out.
Group Horn Tooting: How Joint Marketing Can Take You from Kazoo Player to Rock Star: When it comes to marketing, we want to be rock stars. But when we toot our own marketing horns, we often feel like we’re playing a kazoo. Carol Peterson explores some of the ways we can work in cooperation with other writers to help them promote their work as they promote ours

The day caps off with an awards ceremony for winners of the writing contest.

Early Bird Pre-registration - $79 (ends September 15, 2018 and is non-refundable)

Open Registration (begins September 16, 2018 and is non-refundable)

With registration, one free contest entry is allowed.

Options are available for additional contest entries or for entering the contest only. 

Contest Deadline - September 25, 2018 (No Extensions)

Submissions may not be previously published 

One entry only per category

​2019 Write On Writers' Retreat

Learning Lab
308 East 36th Street
Boise, ID 83714

Saturday January 19, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Previous Speakers and Guests
Meet Pamela KleibrinkThompson
Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is a career coach, writer, and recruiter. She is an internationally known speaker and has presented on career issues and writing at conferences from Stuttgart, Germany, to San Diego, California, and at schools from Singapore to Sarasota.  Pamela worked as a production manager on the Emmy Award-winning animated series The Simpsons and has written and produced training films for AT&T and IBM. Her articles have appeared in more than 100 publications.  You can reach her at [email protected]
Meet Lance Thompson
Lance Thompson has written for television (Mr. Belvedere), been a script doctor for movies (The Two Jakes, The Honeymooners), and is an award-winning motion picture advertising consultant who has worked on over 500 campaigns. His writing and photography have appeared in magazines, (Air & Space Smithsonian, Cowboys & Indians, Hemispheres), books (X-Plane Crashes) and newspapers (Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News).  He has lectured on writing at the Scriptwriters Network in Los Angeles, at Idaho Scriptwriters Association, and conducted screen writing workshops for the Idaho Film Office.  He was founding president of Idaho Media Professionals and has hosted two local television interview shows, Capital Rap and Idaho Media Showcase.

Authors inspiring and leading others to achieve their life goals.