The Palouse Writers Guild is an independent collective comprised of several local writing groups who banded together in order to bring professional development opportunities to the Palouse. Since first being formed in 2016, the Palouse Writers Guild (PWG) has grown from 15 members to serving over 200 area writers today. As a result of this overwhelming response, we are launching our own PWG webpage.
The Palouse Writers Guild’s goal is to facilitate literary education by supporting writers’ groups, author readings, workshops, writing contests, and conference attendance. Membership is open to writers of all genres and media, regardless of publication status. Anyone interested in free writing, critique, participating in writing exercises, attending literary events, or just socializing with groups of like-minded people is welcome to join.
In honor of Indie Author Day, October 13th, I would like to introduce eight outstanding local authors who will be available to sign books for Indie’s First Day in November.
Indies First was first conceived by Sherman Alexie, who asked fellow authors to “be a superhero for independent bookstores [and] spend an amazing day hand-selling books at local bookstores.” Fittingly, the day falls on Small Business Saturday. This year BookPeople of Moscow has teamed up with the Palouse Writers Guild to bring in a fantastic line-up of local authors. Continue reading →
Do you find the concept of promoting yourself as an author a daunting task?
Khaliela Wright will demystify the concept of an author platform and provide real world examples authors can employ to promote themselves and their work. Her talk will cover avenues to publication, the importance of networking, effective use social media, publicity, and the necessity of an author website. Judah Wright will lead a hands-on workshop in which authors will purchase their domain names, discuss options for website hosting, and build their own WordPress website, including choosing a theme, customizing your website, adding widgets and plugins, and building content.
Are you a self-published author or published with a small press?
This workshop with Carol Price will cover what it means to be an IndiBound Bookstore and what independent booksellers want from local authors who self-publish or are published by smaller presses. Carol will also cover the listing requirements for placing your book in her store, along with the services BookPeople of Moscow offers to local authors.
Often times, reading and writing seem like lonely endeavors. Fortunately, they don’t have to be. The Palouse and the LC Valley have a plethora of opportunities for readers and writers to come together, share their hobbies, and improve their crafts. Below is a sampling of area events this spring. Continue reading →
NaNoWriMo is about to descend on Moscow, Idaho. Helmet wearing Scriblerians will invade coffee shops to plunder the page. During NaNo, writers take no prisoners, it’s a manuscript or bust. Below is a calendar of local writing opportunities for the Palouse and Lewis-Clark Valley. (Unfortunately, I have yet to discover where the Pullmanites plan to park their posteriors while putting pen to paper.) And once the budding novelist have completed the great American novel, they can learn how to publish their work by attending the Build A Book Workshop.
NaNo Rebels looking for opportunities to avoid working on a novel, look no further! A Confluence of Writers is hosting a Read-In at the Blue Lantern Coffee House in Lewiston, Idaho at 7 PM on Friday, November 3rd. Writers are encouraged to bring something to share (reading time limit is 5 to 7 min.) or just enjoy a warm beverage while listening to others. Continue reading →
Have you longed to see your work in print and feel the heft of a book in your hands? Now is the time to turn dreams into reality.
The Build a Book Workshop, hosted by the Palouse Writers’ Guild will walk you through the steps of self-publishing from start to finish. Whether you long to publish a collection of short stories or poems, a memoir, novel, or other work, by the end of the workshop your manuscript will be formatted and ready for printing.
Bring your laptop and all files associated with your project, including any graphics. In just 3 hours you will learn how to format your text, upload a cover, format the spine, and discover the importance of ISBN numbers and bar codes. Continue reading →
It’s always nice to see your name in print, even if it’s not on the cover of a book! This morning one of the writing groups I belong to made the paper again. The story, “Locals find their writing zone at the coffee shop” was featured on the front page of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy a copy of the paper to read the whole story. In addition to quotes from yours truly, the story also features quotes from fellow writers, Sonya Bramwell, Leona Ahles, and Jay Dearien.
“Freelance Writing Today” with Steve Bunk
Are you interested in freelance writing? This workshop by Steve Bunk will cover marketplace opportunities and challenges, along with technologies and strategies for contemporary writers, including how to submit work to magazines.
Steve Bunk is a Boise journalist who edits Idaho Magazine. Previously, he wrote about biological research for The Scientist, and before that was based in Australia, where he filed magazine and newspaper reports from throughout that country and Southeast Asia for fifteen years. He also has worked in corporate communications in Boise and as a writer and editor in Athens, Greece. His nonfiction account, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil, was published in 2014 by New West Books.
Date: Saturday, April 29th
Location: 1912 Center in Moscow, Idaho.
Partial funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Latah County Arts Committee.
This event is sponsored by the Palouse Writers’ Guild. *The Palouse Writers’ Guild does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity/national origin, religion, gender identity/sexual orientation, disability, age, marital/family/parental status, or political beliefs.
In my quest for a better writers’ group I kept getting the same piece of advice. “Just start your own group.”
On August 1st, I was offered to take over the running of a defunct Meet-up group. My first action was to change the group’s name and remove anyone who had accidentally joined looking for a Meet-up in Moscow, Russia. That paired the list down to 15 members, only 3 of which had ever shown up. Since taking over the group, membership has grown to nearly 50 people, indicating that others in the area are hungry for professional development and a connection with other writers.
The Palouse Writers’ Guild’s goal is to facilitate literary education by supporting writers’ groups, author readings, workshops, writing contests, and conference attendance. Our calendar lists the dates and times of writing groups from the Moscow/Pullman area. Membership is open to writers of all genres and media. Anyone interested in free writing, critique, participating in writing exercises, attending literary events, or just socializing with groups of like-minded people is welcome to join.
Going forward, we have set aside Saturday, April 29th as our event date and are busy planning a set of four writer’s workshops. If you are a Palouse area writer looking for a home, feel free to join us.