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June 2020

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: The Tools of Creative Writing with Daniel Stewart

June 10 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

Whether just starting to explore writing or currently practicing, this six-week, multi-genre course focuses on the tools of the creative writer. Each session will feature a specific “tool”: Figurative language imagery shape and form rhythm and music reading as a writer revision Using text models and prompts designed to inspire beginner and practicing writer alike, we will learn new skills, polish old ones, and refresh concepts. Regardless of genre—even if you don’t have a genre—this workshop with spark your creative…

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VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Gutsy Writing with Susan Bruns Rowe

June 11 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until June 25, 2020

"My starting point is that the ability to write is unusually mysterious to most people. Few of life's difficult tasks seem so acutely unrelated to effort or talent." ~ Peter Elbow   Why is it that we produce so much writing that is flat, empty, and—dare we say it—dead? Gutsy writing, writing that exudes energy, that contains strong, coherent, and interesting ideas is within our grasp. But not by following the methods most of us learned in school. If you're…

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Free Drop-In Writing Workshop

June 16 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Cabin in the Jean B. Wilson conference room, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
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DROP-IN WORKSHOP  is The Cabin’s free and open writing workshop, held from 6:30 – 8:00 PM on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Drop-in is hosted by writers Danny Stewart, Heidi Kraay, and other guest writers who create unique prompts designed to inspire a supportive community of local writers. No RSVP required. Lesson is designed for full hour-and-a-half attendance so come early (or a little late) and snag a seat! June's 3rd week workshop is taught by Teaching-Writer Colleen Brennan! Colleen Brennan is a freelance writer,…

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From Aristotle to Breaking Bad: Using the techniques of Hollywood to shape your next novel

June 23 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  This class explores how act structure can provide the framework to write a novel with propulsion and drive. We will briefly review the concepts of Aristotle and Joseph Campbell, and then examine the various structural approaches of the reigning plot gurus in Hollywood. We will use examples from TV and film—including Breaking Bad, Little Miss Sunshine, The Full Monty, and The Graduate—to illustrate how long-form narratives sustain their momentum. We’ll also scout out that illusive borderland between literary and…

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Publishing 101: Understanding the Publishing Process with Industry Experts Allison Hunter, Christine Pride, Kate Lloyd, and Elizabeth Breeden

June 24 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

Join leading publishing industry experts for this two-part series about the publishing process — from getting an agent and selling your book, working with your editor, and successfully promoting and marketing your book. After presentations from publishing veterans, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions directly. Join us for these talks if you've been dying to know... How to find the best agent for you What makes a good query letter What agents do and don’t want to see in a query…

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July 2020

Word Play for Grades 3-4 (Morning, July 6-10)

July 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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July 6th – 10th Monday – Friday from 9AM – 12 PM  Grades 3 – 4 at The Cabin 801 S Capitol Blvd, Boise $147 for Cabin members (learn more about Cabin membership here) – $177 everyone else Set your poems and stories in motion with games and play. What does joy smell like? Taste like? And what rhymes with orange? (Door hinge? More hens?) Play the types of story and word games that wake up all five senses, sparking creativity and encouraging…

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Cabin Writers for Grades 5-6 (Morning, July 6-10)

July 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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July 6th – 10th Monday – Friday from 9AM – 12 PM  Grades 5 – 6 at The Cabin 801 S Capitol Blvd, Boise $147 for Cabin members (learn more about Cabin membership here) – $177 everyone else Find your truth and write your story. J.K. Rowling said “the stories we love best live in us forever.” But how do we write those stories? Through powerful language, truth, and our unique vision of the world. Work with an experienced teaching-writer from The Cabin…

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Urban Ink for Grades 7-9 (Afternoon, July 6-10)

July 6 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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July 6th – 10th Monday – Friday from 1 PM – 4 PM  Grades 7 – 9 at The Cabin 801 S Capitol Blvd, Boise $147 for Cabin members (learn more about Cabin membership here) – $177 everyone else Pound the pavement and take your imagination downtown. The city has its own heartbeat (or so the song goes). Can you find it? Using cityscapes, coffee shops, public art, and urban life as your map, find and write the pulse of an urban-influenced short…

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Free Drop-In Writing Workshop

July 7 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Cabin in the Jean B. Wilson conference room, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
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DROP-IN WORKSHOP  is The Cabin’s free and open writing workshop, held from 6:30 – 8:00 PM on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Drop-in is hosted by writers Danny Stewart, Heidi Kraay, and other guest writers who create unique prompts designed to inspire a supportive community of local writers. No RSVP required. Lesson is designed for full hour-and-a-half attendance so come early (or a little late) and snag a seat! July’s 1st Tuesday workshop is taught by  Teaching-Writer Heidi Kraay! Playwright Heidi Kraay examines the connection…

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Lit Mag 101: Sending out your manuscripts for publication

July 9 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Cabin in the Jean B. Wilson conference room, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
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Based on Wieland’s longtime MFA course in publishing at Boise State, this class looks at the importance of literary journals to a writer’s career. Discussion topics include:   The lit mag landscape in the United States, past and present. What a lit mag can do for you. How to find the right journal for your work. Using the tier system approach to sending out. Common mistakes made when submitting. Writing a good cover letter and preparing your manuscript. What editors…

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Strange Lands for Grades 3-4 (Morning, July 13-17)

July 13 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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July 13th – 17th Monday – Friday from 9AM – 12 PM  Grades 3 – 4 at The Cabin 801 S Capitol Blvd, Boise $147 for Cabin members (learn more about Cabin membership here) – $177 everyone else Build a (strange) new world in this sci-fi/fantasy fiction camp. Zombies, dragons, robots, oh my! Kick things off by working with other writers to build the rules for the fantastical realm of your dreams. With your teaching-writer/wizard guiding you about town, let your imagination boil…

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Strange Lands for Grades 5-6 (Morning, July 13-17)

July 13 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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July 13th – 17th Monday – Friday from 9AM – 12 PM  Grades 5 – 6 at The Cabin 801 S Capitol Blvd, Boise $147 for Cabin members (learn more about Cabin membership here) – $177 everyone else Build a (strange) new world in this sci-fi/fantasy fiction camp. Zombies, dragons, robots, oh my! Kick things off by working with other writers to build the rules for the fantastical realm of your dreams. With your teaching-writer/wizard guiding you about town, let your imagination boil…

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Strange Lands for Grades 7-9 (Morning, July 13-17)

July 13 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702 United States
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July 13th – 17th Monday – Friday from 1 PM – 4 PM  Grades 7 – 9 at The Cabin 801 S Capitol Blvd, Boise $147 for Cabin members (learn more about Cabin membership here) – $177 everyone else Build a (strange) new world in this sci-fi/fantasy fiction camp. Zombies, dragons, robots, oh my! Kick things off by working with other writers to build the rules for the fantastical realm of your dreams. With your teaching-writer/wizard guiding you about town, let your imagination…

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A Night of Translation with Clyde Moneyhun

July 15 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Cabin in the Jean B. Wilson conference room, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
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  Writers should translate.  Translation is a superb way to learn about language, practice the craft of writing, and of course create a thing of beauty.  Who has translated?  A very partial list:  Dryden, Shelly, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Borges, Nabakov, Calvino, Pavese, Murakami, Heaney, Graves, Ciardi, Merwin, Pinsky … In this two-hour workshop, I will introduce the main theories and practices of literary translation.  We will do hands-on exercises, we will all draft and revise short translations, and we will each…

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Word Play for Grades 3-4 (Morning, July 20-24)

July 20 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

July 20th – 24th Monday – Friday from 9AM – 12 PM  Grades 3 – 4 at The Cabin 801 S Capitol Blvd, Boise $147 for Cabin members (learn more about Cabin membership here) – $177 everyone else Set your poems and stories in motion with games and play. What does joy smell like? Taste like? And what rhymes with orange? (Door hinge? More hens?) Play the types of story and word games that wake up all five senses, sparking creativity and encouraging…

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