The Cabin is the first — and only — center for readers and writers in the heart of Southwest Idaho (and yes, we’re housed in an actual cabin).
This actual cabin was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1940 to honor the 50th anniversary of Idaho’s statehood. It served as the offices for the State Forestry Department and the Soil Conservation Corp until 1990, at which point the building didn’t do much besides deteriorate. The City of Boise acquired it in 1992.
By the mid-1990s, the city didn’t seem to know what to do with the cabin, so it was slated for possible demolition. However, a group of local writers saw past the disaster and reimagined the building as a gathering place for Boise’s readers and writers. They agreed to renovate and preserve the historical structure in exchange for a 30-year lease. In 1996, the Log Cabin Literary Center was born.
Over the past 22 years, The Cabin has experienced more than a name change. Writers as renowned as Anthony Doerr have led Summer Writing Camps. Cultural icons like Gloria Steinem, Michael Pollan, Cheryl Strayed, and David Sedaris have graced our local stages. The next generation of poets, writers, and free-thinkers have gotten their start in the comfort of their own classrooms thanks to Writers in the Schools. The Cabin has incubated all manner of experiences that ask all of us to think about the power of literature.
Now, The Cabin is the hub for the literary arts in the state of Idaho. We provoke discussions and challenging conversations, spread the joy and craft of reading and writing, and invest in the literary community with the hope of creating human connections through words. Our workshops, lectures, readings, camps, publications, and other activities forge community through the voices of all readers, writers, and learners.