So you want to be a writer, eh? Well, you're in luck. Some big names in the literature world are headed to Boise Thursday, May 3-Saturday, May 5, and they're ready to teach you a thing or two. The Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous will bring literary authorities in a barrage of genres—screenwriting, poetry, songwriting, publishing, magazine writing, literary agents, you name it—together in a sort of writeapalooza.
The three-day event will include workshops, pitching practice sessions, open mics, book signings and keynote addresses. It wraps up with a cocktail reception and banquet at the Basque Center where awards and raffle prizes will be doled out.
"People just seem to be hungry for this kind of stuff," said Sherry A.E. Cann, Rendezvous contest coordinator, author and governing board member of the Idaho Writers Guild. "They want more help. They want to meet people in the business that they can't meet here on the streets in town."
Cann and crew worked for nearly a year putting the rendezvous together, and the result is an impressive lit lineup that includes local talent like Anthony Doerr and George Kennedy and acclaimed out-of-staters such as Tim Cahill and Laurie Notaro.
"We thought about who would be a good draw for the people here," Cann said. "Who could really help them with their work. ... We're very excited."
Approximately 150 people have already claimed their spots for the rendezvous but there are still a few available. Add-ons such as one-on-one sessions with industry professionals, individual pitch sessions and marketing plan discussions are available for an additional fee.