Meeting Schedule

To get the Zoom link, RSVP HERE

Networking beforehand from 12:30 – 1:00  MDT

1:00 – Speaker MDT

2:10: Business Meeting MDT

Non-members are invited to attend two meetings a year for free

All events are also posted on the chapter’s Facebook page.

July 9: One-day writing retreat. Details to be announced.

June 9-12: Members only Summer Retreat. Contact Tracie Lee or a member of the board for more information or to get on the waitlist.

May 7: Getting the Most Out of Solo or Group Writing Retreats with Kyrsten Bell 1:00pm In-Person OR Zoom (see Link at top of page)

In-Person Location: 913 W. River St. Suite 300 Group One Sotheby’s International Realty – Boise Office

Retreat — verb, to withdraw or retire, especially for seclusion. Are you planning to attend a writing retreat this year? Whether your answer is yes or no, this presentation will help you prepare for everything from a group retreat to a just-for-you mini-retreat. You’ll get tips for goal setting, what to bring, how to get in the right mind-space, and post-retreat recovery.

Kyrsten Bell is a fundraiser trained in event management by day. By night, she’s a yet-unpublished romantic mystery author with five novels in various stages of completion. When it comes to retreats, she has attended, organized, and mentored several. Most were memorable in a good way, and then there was this one in Garden Valley — well, every plot needs a big-black-moment.

April 2: Strength-Based Writing with Becca Syme 1:00pm VIA ZOOM

Surely, you’ve heard someone say, “this is how I found success with my writing” (or even, “you should do X to be successful as a writer”) and it may have made you want to try that tactic or that strategy. But will it work for you? Anyone can say, “this worked for me” and they may say, “it might not work for you” but they can’t tell you why. Becca can tell you why. Come to this presentation about using your Strengths in writing, and how you can become a better decision-maker in your writing career.

Becca Syme is Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership and a decade and a half of coaching. She’s coached more than 5000 individual writers in how to become the version of themselves that will find success in their writing career. Becca writes fiction and nonfiction and lives in the mountains of Montana where it is always winter and never Christmas.

March 5: Staying Organized During the Chaos of Writing a Novel with Robin Lee Hatcher 1:00pm VIA ZOOM

Chaos is often a good description of a novelist’s life. A writer must keep track of plot, characters, productivity, and much more while also trying to stay on top of life in general. In over forty years as a writer, Robin has developed a number of techniques and strategies to help her stay organized even in the midst of chaos. This workshop will look at many of the tools she uses or has used to organize her characters from book to book, to make sure her imaginary world comes to life, and to keep herself as productive and positive as possible.

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 85 novels and novellas with over six million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

February 5: How Plottr Can Help You Craft Better Stories Faster (with Troy Lambert) 1:00pm VIA ZOOM

Are you a visual thinker? Do you have an outlining process, but you just don’t enjoy it? Are you disorganized or a repentant panster? Join us as author, editor, book coach, and the education lead for Plottr, Troy Lambert, shares how using this software can help you craft better stories faster, avoid plot holes before they happen, and even create a robust and powerful series bible.

Troy is a freelance writer, author, and blogger who lives, works, and plays in Boise, Idaho with the love of his life and three very talented dogs. Passionate about writing dark psychological thrillers, he is an avid cyclist, skier, hiker, all-around outdoorsman, and a terrible beginning golfer.

January 8: Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022! VIA ZOOM

Join us on Zoom for our 2022 kickoff meeting! Everyone will have the opportunity to share their accomplishments from last year and declare their goals for the coming year. If you missed the “goal cards” at the Christmas party, you’ll have the opportunity to get those filled out at this meeting. See you then!