Hear lectures and attend workshops hosted by some of Idaho’s best writers.

Every year, the Idaho Writer’s League hosts a conference to help Idaho authors meet other writers in their area and hone their craft.
The 2018 Conference will be held September 20-22, in Moscow Idaho.  We offer workshops on topics ranging from fiction, poetry, publishing and more.  Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your craft!







Workshops by Experienced Writers

 Keynote Address by Brandon Schrand

Networking opportunities with other Idaho Writers


Author Photo Sessions

Award Ceremony for Contest Winners


Pitching Appointments







Our keynote address on Friday will be offered by Brandon Schrand, author of “Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior” and “Enders Motel: A Memoir” for which he received a Barnes and Noble Great New Writers selection. 

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sports IllustratedThe Dallas Morning NewsThe Utne ReaderTin House, ShenandoahThe Georgia ReviewThe Missouri ReviewColumbiaRiver Teeth, Ecotone and numerous other publications. He has won the 2006 Willard R. Espy Award, Shenandoah’s 2008 Carter Prize, the Pushcart Prize, four Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, and has had Notable Essays in the Best American Essays 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2017His nonfiction has also earned a Yaddo residency. He lives in Moscow, Idaho with his wife and two children.




Our keynote address on Saturday will be offered by Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history and currently enrolled in the university’s English Lit Graduate program.

Peter Leavell was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest, 2013 Christian Retailings’s Best award for First-Time Author, and Meridian Idaho’s 2016 Writer of the Year. A novelist, blogger, teacher, ghostwriter, jogger, biker, husband and father, Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho.

What:  Roots and Wings, A Gathering of Writers on the Palouse

Where:  Best Western Inn, 1516 Moscow-Pullman Road (Highway 270)

When: Sept 20-22, 2018 (Thursday Evening, Friday, Saturday)

              Moscow, Idaho


Note: Thursday evening includes early registration, a Board Meeting for officers, and a ‘Meet & Greet’ for all early arrivals.  Download the Conference Schedule and Registration Forms Here. Scroll down for more details. 




Sign Up for the Idaho Writer’s League Conference now by downloading this Registration Form


Full Conference:

Idaho Writers League Members EARLY BIRD by 8/31: $125

Idaho Writers League Member First Timer Special: $125

Non-Members EARLY BIRD by 8/31: $145

Idaho Writers League Members and First Timers AFTER 9/1: $145

Non-Members AFTER 9/1: $165

Students with Valid I.D. $50


By Day Conference Fees:

Students with valid I.D. Singe Day: $30

Friday Conference with lunch: $65

Saturday Conference with lunch: $65

Saturday Award Banquet $30

(Meal options on Registration form. Vegan/Vegetarian options available.)


On-sight breakfasts for those not staying at hotel: $10



Be Ready for Conference:


Pitch Appointments. Here’s your chance to pitch that story for a magazine. Two magazine publishers will be taking pitches for their publications on Friday between 2:15-3:45. Study their links below and you’ll be ready to sign up at registration for these publishing opportunities:


  • Kitty Fleischman is publisher and editor of IDAHO Magazine. She has written and photographed for United Press International, was a founder and co-publisher of the Idaho Business Review, and wrote Velma Morrison’s memoirs, The Bluebird Will Sing Tomorrow.
  • Garrin Hertel is publisher/editor/writer/designer of Nostalgia Magazine, a print magazine featuring photos and personal accounts of American days gone by.


Author Photos. Need an author photo for social media, your website, or business cards? One of our presenters has offered to take photo shoots for FREE at the conference by appointment at Registration until all the slots are filled. Friday from 4:45-5:45 and Saturday 2:15-3:15 



K.S. Brooks is an award-winning photographer, author of 30 works in varying genres, and administrator of the indie author super-blog, Indies Unlimited. She works as a journalist, photojournalist, newspaper editor, and teaches writing and self-publishing for the Community Colleges of Spokane. She is chief copy editor for the Chewelah Independent, and the staff writer and sub-editor for the Silverado Express.