Idaho Writers Conference

 June 10 - Crafting Effective Dialogue 
with Christian Winn


Dialogue does more than relay what characters say to each other. Skillfully written, dialogue reveals characters’ emotional depths and propels a story forward. Using published examples that exemplify strongly written dialogue, Idaho Writer in Residence Christian Winn shows what dialogue should—and should not—do, and how to accomplish it.

Christian Winn is a fiction writer, poet, journalist and teacher of writing who lives and works in Boise. He is the 2016-2019 Idaho Writer in Residence. His work has appeared in McSweeney'sPloughsharesThe Chicago Tribune's Printers Row JournalGulf CoastSanta Monica ReviewHayden's Ferry ReviewTriQuartely and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at The Cabin, Boise State University, and with the Writers Write Workshop Series. Winn is also the producer of Storyfort and Modern Campfire Stories. His debut story collection, Naked Me, is recently out from Dock Street Press who will be publishing his second collection, What's Wrong With You Is What's Wrong With Me, in early 2017. 

We’re the Idaho Writers Guild — offering professional networking and educational opportunities as diverse as the writers who join it. In addition to serving as a networking resource for writers wishing to become actively involved in the writing community, the IWG plans and develops programs to aid writers. Our membership reflects all genres and media.
We’re a community-based literary arts organization promoting education in the community by hosting public programs and projects, including author readings, workshops on a broad spectrum of topics, writing contests, and conferences of interest to writers and readers of all genres.
Writers of all genres are eligible for membership. Members receive discounts to IWG workshops and events, and an online newsletter. Roster members, additionally, are sent requests that IWG occasionally receives for paid work and speaking engagements.

Board Members

The Guild is run by a nine-member volunteer Board, elected annually by the membership. The current IWG Board:  

  • Gretchen Mullins, President
  • Cristen Iris, Treasurer
  • Sherry Briscoe, Contests, Wordplay, Writers Corner
  • Sylissa Franklin, Literary Luncheon
  • Christy Hovey, Social Media Marketing 
  • Merilee Marsh, Marketing & Critique Groups
  • Doug Copsey, Event Coordinator, Conference Faculty
  • AK Turner, Book Club, Websites, Conference Faculty
  • Laura Delaney, Consulting Board Member
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