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Coeur d’Alene library holding writing contest

Writers take note: There will be ample opportunities for you to pick up some tricks of the trade over the next week.

And for those who just want to jump in, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is again offering authors the chance to pick up a bit of cash by holding its annual writers competition.

But first the teaching of the tricks:

•The 2009 Whidbey Island Writers Conference will hold its 2009 meeting Friday and Saturday at various sites. Following keynote speaker Philip Margolin’s Friday-morning speech, the conference will feature a number of “fireside chats” with various authors.

Saturday’s activities will include sessions with authors, editors, agents and publishers.

Fees for the full conference are $265. For more information, go online at or call (360) 331-6714.

•Beth Bollinger, author of the novel “Until the End of the Ninth,” will teach a creative-writing workshop titled “Painting with Words” on Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Artist’s Tree, 828 W. Sprague Ave.

The workshop, which costs $30, will cover “how to turn true stories into literature.”

Advance registration is required. For information, call (509) 456-2300.

•Don’t forget the March 14 conference, “Marching Toward Publication: Writing and Selling in Today’s Fiction Market,” sponsored by the Inland Empire Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Spokane International Airport, 9015 W. SR 2. For registration and fee information, go online at

•The Coeur d’Alene Library’s annual writers competition, in its 21st year, calls for previously unpublished fiction and nonfiction prose up to 2,000 words.

Cash prizes ($100, $50 and $25) are awarded to the top three finishers in each of five age categories: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, and 19 and above.

Deadline is March 31. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 28.

For more information, e-mail David Townsend at Or call (208) 769-2315, ext. 426.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Book talk

•Book Group Meet-Up, noon today, Auntie’s Bookstore, Main and Washington. Call (509) 838-0206.

•On Sacred Grounds Writers Group, 1 p.m. Thursday, On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. Call (509) 747-6294.

•Inland NW Writers Guild, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Auntie’s Bookstore. Lynda LeBlanc will talk about such literary devices as plot development and use of flashbacks. E-mail Bonnie McDade at communiqueink@, or call Linda Bond at Auntie’s at (509) 838-0206.

•Idaho Writers League, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Road, Coeur d’Alene. Mike Kincaid will talk about working with the Lightning Source print-on-demand service. (208) 762-0976.

The reader board

•Bush poet Milton Taylor/Urban Coyote Band, reading/concert, 1 p.m. today, Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. Tickets: $6. Call (509) 229-3414.

•Edward Humes (“Monkey Girl”), reading titled “Talk Radio Evolution: An Evening with Edward Humes,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Washington State University, CUB Ballroom, Pullman. Call (509) 335-7180.

•The StoryTelling Company (featuring Sandy Compton), 6 p.m. next Sunday, Ivano’s Ristorante Italiano, Sandpoint. Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for children age 12 and younger. Call (208) 263-0211 for dinner reservations (seating begins at 4:30 p.m.).

Dan Webster can be reached at (509) 459-5483 or For more stories by Dan, see columnists.
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