Idaho Writers Conference

The 2017 Idaho Writers Conference is scheduled for May 5-6, 2017 at the Boise Centre. Registration opens December 1st. Here's a sneak peek at some new faculty members...

Lilly Ghahremani, Full Circle Literary
Lilly Ghahremani is a literary agent and recovering lawyer (!) now using her powers for good. She co-founded Full Circle Literary over a decade ago, and leads the charge on the agency’s dynamic non-fiction list. She is always on the lookout for a project told in an engaging, even humorous voice by someone who really knows their stuff. Recent representative deals include Leah Ingram’s College Money Hacks, Dawn Dais’s Sh!t No One Tells You parenting series, and The Crafted Life by Instagram superstar Rachel Mae Smith. Lilly is always actively seeking projects in: Health & Fitness, Self-help, Parenting, Business, Relationships, Decor/Design & Lifestyle and Pop Culture. Although she takes on fiction selectively, she would love to find some non-genre fiction to represent, especially stories that are very high concept or that feature diverse characters. She is open to memoir and narrative projects from an author who has a strong public platform and a clear plan for how to get the book into the right hands once it’s published. For more information about Lilly and her agency, please visit, or join her on twitter @Wonderlilly.

Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management 
Annie Hwang is an agent at Folio Literary Management where she represents a range of fiction for adults and select nonfiction projects. She gravitates towards literary fiction with commercial appeal, and is particularly drawn to braided narratives and layered plots, especially when populated by complex characters with deep emotional resonance. Commercially, she’s looking for both sweeping historical fiction and visceral literary thrillers that depart from the norm of the genre. The most important thing to her, beyond concept or pitch, is breathtaking storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. A California native, Annie worked in journalism before joining the publishing world, where she digs for stories that keep her reading late into the night and stay with her long after she puts them down.

Allison Malecha, Grove Atlantic
Allison Malecha is an assistant editor at Grove Atlantic, an independent publishing house that focuses on literary fiction, serious nonfiction, mysteries/thrillers, and plays. She also works with Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Press imprint, including authors Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Perry, Robert Olen Butler, Thomas H. Cook, and Charles McCarry. A native of the Midwest, she has a B.A. from Columbia University and is doing her best not to lose her language skills in French and Czech.

Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency 
Patricia Nelson has been a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency since 2014, representing women's fiction, contemporary and historical romance, and select literary fiction, as well as all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction. Recent sales include books placed with St. Martin's Press, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin Random House, among others. Patricia holds master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and, prior to joining the world of publishing, spent several years teaching literature and writing at the college level. She is actively building her list and is currently seeking new talent in all genres she represents.

Rolf Potts, Vagabonding
Rolf Potts has reported from more than sixty countries for the likes of National Geographic TravelerThe New Yorker,, Outside, the New York Times MagazineThe BelieverThe Guardian (U.K.), Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and the Travel Channel. His adventures have taken him across six continents, and include piloting a fishing boat 900 miles down the Laotian Mekong, hitchhiking across Eastern Europe, traversing Israel on foot, bicycling across Burma, driving a Land Rover across South America, and traveling around the world for six weeks with no luggage or bags of any kind. Potts is perhaps best known for promoting the ethic of independent travel, and his book on the subject, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Random House, 2003), has been through twenty-one printings and translated into several foreign languages. His newest book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer (Travelers' Tales, 2008), won a 2009 Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and became the first American-authored book to win Italy's prestigious Chatwin Prize for travel writing.

Tom Reale, Brown Books Publishing Group
Throughout his diverse career, Tom has held a variety of creative, operations, and development-driven roles across a number of top-tier publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, Miller Freeman, and Harcourt Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As a facilitative force in these organizations and others, Tom brings with him deep competencies in publishing process, quality management, organizational change management, content management, publishing production technologies, and project management. 

By conservative estimate, Tom Reale has cajoled, conspired on, influenced, aided and abetted, or otherwise published over 150,000 books, 20,000 magazine issues and untold number of Internet-distributed assets over his 30-year career in publishing. As a veteran to publishing in traditional royalty, pre-purchased subscription, government contracted, and now, author-owned business models, Tom has acquired a singular perspective on what it means to publish, and what it takes to succeed in today’s ever-evolving publishing markets.

Eric Smith, P.S. Literary Agency
Eric Smith is an associate literary agent with P.S. Literary, focusing on sci-fi, fantasy, select non-fiction, and Young Adult books across all genres. When he isn't working on other peoples' books, he can be found writing his own. His debut humor book, The Geek's Guide to Dating, was published with Quirk Books in 2013. His YA fantasy novels, Inked and Branded, came out in 2015 and 2016 with Bloomsbury's digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark. You can catch him writing about books for Book Riot, Barnes & Noble, and Paste Magazine. Follow him at @ericsmithrocks. 

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
  • Elaine Ambrose, Events & Marketing
  • Joanne Pence, Memberships, Registrations, and Job Postings
  • Sherry Briscoe, Contests, Wordplay, Writers Corner, IWG Writers Conference Newsletter 
  • Christy Hovey, Social Media Marketing & Newsletter
  • Merilee Marsh, Marketing & Literary Luncheon
  • Doug Copsey, Event Coordinator, Conference Faculty
  • AK Turner, Book Club, Websites, Conference Faculty
  • Greg Likins, Workshop Development
  • Laura Delaney, Consulting Board Member

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