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Fifth Annual Treasure Valley Writers' Fest

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Sand Hollow Baptist Church

29627 Old Highway 30

Caldwell, ID 83607

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The Fifth Annual ICAN Treasure Valley Writers' Fest and Writing Contest will be held in Caldwell, Idaho. The event promises to be packed with information and interaction for beginning and established writers seeking to improve their writing and marketing skills. A networking lunch will give attendees the opportunity to interact with fellow writers and presenters.

Presenters include the ICAN Executive Committee, JoEllen Claypool, Carol Peterson, Carol Kjar, and Mary Vine. Our guest speaker is Kimbre Christopher. We will be focusing on the business side of writing. Bring your laptop if you have one as we may be doing some hands-on activities. During that hour, we are excited to announce that we will also have a photographer on site to take headshots.

The day caps off with an awards ceremony for winners of the writing contest following a panel time with our speakers to ask any questions you may have.


Writers as Entrepreneurs (Carol Peterson)

We are not just writers. We must also get our books into the hands of the readers for whom we write. That means production, marketing, sales, taxes, and treating what we do as the professional business it is. This workshop will walk through the steps of business creation and management with checklists, resources, and suggestions to help take the mystery out of the process so you can focus on the joy of creation.

The ABC and 123 of Your Writing Business (Mary Vinecore)

Abbreviations and numbers are used in book industry standards (ISBN and ASIN to name a few). Some are required while others are not. This workshop segment will help you understand the different types of product identifiers, what they mean, where to get one, the cost and if an identifier will benefit your writing business.

Is your finished manuscript automatically copyrighted? Some say yes and some have profound reservations about not taking it a step further to register with the Library of Congress. In this workshop segment, you can learn the benefits of going that extra step to file with the Library of Congress. We’ll tell you how to go about filing with the Library of Congress within a specific timeline, what you need, the cost and the waiting period for your certificate.

Websites (Kimbre Christopher)

Do you need a website and what do you need it to do? Kimbre is going to walk you through some questions to help you decide if you need a website and what kind will benefit you best.

Creating a Buzz: It’s Never Too Early to Start (Carol Kjar)

If you want to sell your books, you must establish yourself as an author. Having a strong on-line and social media presence is key for reaching your audience. Author Central (Amazon), Goodreads, and LinkedIn are excellent websites to claim the title of author and establish credibility.

Engaging Your Audience (JoEllen Claypool)

Facebook author pages and book pages are a good way to engage your audience on the topics of reading and writing, for promoting your books, and keeping your fans updated on your latest project. JoEllen will show you how easy it is to stay connected to your readers.

Think Like a Publisher: Creating a Production Schedule for your Writing (Carol Peterson)

Magazines plan what they will run a year in advance. Book publishers schedule production several years ahead of releases. As professional writers, we should also know what we will write and when we will write it.

This workshop will help you create your own production schedule, find ideas to blog about, and suggest how to schedule books from concept to publication.

Who Are You? Introduce Yourself to Your Audience (Carol Kjar)

Long before your book comes out, an author needs to start building a platform to reach their readers. Letting people know who you are as a writer is important for self-promotion. By developing an artist statement, you can find your strengths that can help you when talking with readers, speaking on podcasts, or writing a blog. You’ll learn several techniques to use to attract an audience and presell and promote your book.

Fall ICAN Writers’ Contest Guidelines


  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Children’s
  • Poetry/Song Lyrics
  • Bible Study

Email entries to idahocreativeauthorsnetwork@gmail.com

Date due – September 30, 2019 (No Extensions!)

Submissions may not be previously published in print and/or electronic form.

One entry only per person per category allowed. Multiple categories may be entered.

Word count/ Line count requirements:

  • Name, Title and Category in header
  • All above info must be completed to be eligible.
  • Times New Roman – 12 point or Courier 12 point
  • .doc format
  • Double spaced
  • One inch margins
  • Ragged right (no justified margins)
  • Page numbers
  • 1200 maximum (entry may be incomplete)
  • No profanity or graphic content will be accepted

Additional guidelines:

Only entries that have been paid for before October 1, 2019 will be judged.

Entry will not be returned

Do not attach more than one entry at a time

You may enter more than one category - $10 fee for each entry if you are attending the conference. One entry per category. The fee will be $25 per entry for those who will not be attending the conference. These particular entries ($25 each) will be receiving a formal critique whether or not they win.

Send each separate entry to email address above.

Winners will receive an award, a certificate and a formal critique. Names and pictures of the winners will also be published on the ICAN website as well as on Facebook. Those who do not win will receive the judges' scoresheets and comments.

Need not be present to win.

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Sand Hollow Baptist Church

29627 Old Highway 30

Caldwell, ID 83607

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