Meetings and Events

Networking beforehand from 12:00 – 1:00  MT

1:00 – Program MT

2:10: Business Meeting MT

Non-members are invited to attend two business meetings per year for free.

(Speaker events are a non-refundable $10 for non-members)

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

2023 Programs


March 4: Great Ideas and Where to Find Them with Charlie N. Holmberg VIA ZOOM 1pm MT.

Are you stumped with what to work on next? Ever wondered how a favorite author came up with such an amazing premise? There’s a lot of frustration with the question, “Where do good ideas come from?” because nothing and everything is the answer. In this class, we’ll talk about where and how to mine great story ideas using a variety of strategies, and how to choose those that best resonate with readers.


Charlie N. Holmberg is a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of fantasy and romance fiction, and writes contemporary romance under C.N. Holmberg. She is published in over 20 languages, has been a finalist for a RITA award and multiple Whitney awards, and won the 2020 Whitney for Novel of the Year for Adult Fiction. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at



Non-CBC members are welcome to attend for the non-refundable fee of $10.



February 4: Conflict For Everyone In Your Book with Laurie Schnebly Campbell VIA ZOOM 1pm MT.

Tools for determining naturally lovable (and intriguingly flawed) personality types include Adlerian birth order, Jungian thought/feeling scales, the Dewey priorities, and other theories of temperament. Learn which ones will offer the best opportunities for conflict between your realistic characters…whose “inborn” personalities will both oppose and attract.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves giving workshops that draw on her background as an advertising copywriter, a counseling therapist, and a romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year.” Her favorite book are those created in the classes she teaches for, with 51 first sales so far.

Someone at this presentation will win free registration to an online class by Laurie.

January 7: Goal Setting for Authors with Tracie Lee. In-person only at Smoky Mountain Pizzeria and Grill
415 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 83706. Chapter president Tracie Lee will lead a short program where we’ll use the Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (GMC) framework to set 2023 author goal(s). **No Zoom Available**


December 3: Mark your calendars for our IN-PERSON annual members-only Christmas Party & Gift Exchange at 100pm MT at Smoky Mountain Pizza 415 E. Parkcenter Boulevard 83706

November 5: Researching Your Contemporary or Historical Novel—Panel: Panel by Joanne Pence and Louise Berlin w/a A.B. Michaels 100pm MT at Smoky Mountain Pizza 415 E. Parkcenter Boulevard 83706

 Join us in person** for this panel on researching your contemporary or historical novel. Authors Joanne Pence and A.B. Michaels will share their tips on finding the information you need, weaving realistic details into your narrative, and knowing when to stop researching.

**Zoom option if host wifi is working: (members ONLY).

Joanne Pence is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of two mystery series as well as a supernatural suspense series, and romances. Her books have won or been nominated for a number of high honors, including the Willa Cather Literary Award for Historical Fiction; North American Book Award for Mystery; Daphne du Maurier Award, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and Best Amateur Sleuth Award. She has been president of the local Sisters in Crime chapter, and is a founding member of the Idaho Writers Guild.

Louise Berlin, who writes under the pen name A.B. Michaels, is the author of nine novels. Six of them comprise the historical fiction series “The Golden City,” which takes place in and around San Francisco during the Gilded Age. Her contemporary series, ”Sinners’ Grove Suspense,” follows descendants of characters found in the historical novels. A native of California, Louise holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history (UC Davis and UCLA) and broadcasting (San Francisco State University). After working for many years as a promotional writer and editor, she turned to writing fiction. She lives with her husband and two spoiled dogs in Boise, Idaho and is hard at work on her first historical mystery, using characters introduced in her historical fiction series.

October 1: Don’t be a Hermit: Working with Retailers, Libraries and Other Authors by Skye MacKinnon 1:00pm MT via Zoom

Being an author isn’t all about sitting at a desk by yourself. Sometimes, it can pay off to reach out to others and work together. Bestselling author Skye MacKinnon will talk about improving sales and visibility through engaging with retailers and libraries, as well as how best to work with fellow authors to bundle our energy and audiences to reach as many readers as possible. 

Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today bestselling romance author from the West coast of Scotland with over 100 books published. Having lived in several different countries, she now embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, aliens in kilts or the streets of Edinburgh.

She also writes fiction for children and young adults as Isla Wynter, and non-fiction for authors as Skye B. MacKinnon (starting with a book about German translations). Her books have been translated into five languages and she prides herself on having an international publishing strategy.

Skye moved her books wide in 2018 (the same year she became a full-time author) and hasn’t looked back since. She’s passionate about making her books available in as many places as possible, as well as making the most of her backlist and increasing its value through audiobooks, translations, fiction apps and so on.

Other specialist subjects include cowriting, organizing multi-author projects, optimizing metadata, newsletter strategy, branding and cover design.


Website for authors:




September 10: Virtual Book Club 1:00pm MT via Zoom

Members, bring one fiction and one non-fiction book to recommend to the group. Fiction may be romance or another genre. Non-fiction may be craft or something of general interest to our members.





August 6: How to Structure and Analyze a Great Scene with Abigail K. Perry 1:00pm MT via Zoom

Abigail K. PerryScenes are a fundamental unit of story that, when written well, advance the plot and develop characters in a way that engages readers. In this workshop, certified Story Grid editor and book coach Abigail K. Perry teaches some key scene elements that can make or break a scene, some including five key commandments that advance a plot, why forcing a main character to make a crisis decision is the most important thing you can do in a scene, and three Socratic questions that can help writers edit their own scenes with intention and purpose.

Abigail will also pull examples from love stories (films and/or novels) to demonstrate how these structural elements work, and will encourage viewers to participate in the presentation.

Abigail K. Perry is the host of the podcast Lit Match and a book coach and certified developmental editor who specializes in Upmarket/Commercial fiction, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, MG/YA fiction, and YA fantasy. Abigail holds a B.S. in TV, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University and a Master in Secondary Education from Endicott College. Abigail worked as an editorial intern and the Agency Relations Assistant for P.S. Literary Agency, is fluent in book and movie quotes, and loves a long walk with good company, which includes audiobooks and two and four-legged loved ones and buddies.

Learn more about Abigail on her website if you need help researching literary agents or want to learn more about the writing craft.

Speaker events are free for CBC Members.

July 9: One-day writing retreat. 10 am -3 pm In-person at Group One Sotheby’s International Realty
913 W River St, Ste 300, Boise.

Bring your notepads, laptops, and creative mojo to this one-day writing retreat. Pack a lunch and, if desired, bring snacks or treats to share. The facility has a kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, hot/cold water cooler, and Keurig coffee maker.

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.