Literary Luncheon

Idaho Writers Guild LITERARY LUNCH
The Relevance of Writing

The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise
$20 for members, $25 for guests

Screenwriting Techniques You Can Apply to Your Writing with Lance Thompson

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 11:15)


Many disciplines of screenwriting can be applied to prose in all genres, from epic novels to short stories. Presenter Lance Thompson will discuss a few techniques and explain they can improve your writing.  

  • Every Word Earns Its Place 
  • Show, Don’t Tell
  • Enter Late, Exit Early
  • Theme Comes Last
  • Pitch Makes Perfect

Lance Thompson has written for television (Mr. Belvedere), has been a script doctor for motion pictures (The Two Jakes, The Honeymooners), and is an award-winning veteran of hundreds of motion picture ad campaigns (Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Disney).  His writing and photography have appeared in magazines (Air & Space Smithsonian, Cowboys & Indians, Hemispheres, Delta Sky) and newspapers (Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News). He was founding president of Idaho Media Professionals and lectures on Hollywood history at the Osher Institute.

The Idaho Writers Guild, writers working for writers, meets the third Tuesday of every month (excluding November and December). The Literary Lunches are open to the publicThe fee (which includes lunch) is $20 for members of the Idaho Writers Guild and $25 for non-members. For more information about the IWG Literary Lunch, go to, contact Merilee Marsh, 208-921-5328, or email


  1. Really enjoyed the roundtable discussions. Went back for double doses of 'Story Structure' and 'The Importance of Place', but the one that surprised me the most was 'Television Scriptwriting' with Royce. It's not something that I had ever looked at before, but the difference in perspective between a novel, television script, and even a movie script are pretty fascinating.
    I had planned on handing out cards with my upcoming book, 'Blademage Adept' (Now in Pre-Order on Kindle), but left them by the comment basket due to the chaotic nature of this particular luncheon. Not many cards got taken, but they must have been noticed, according to the spike on Amazon. Thanks for the support, guys!

  2. Your book looks great Chris! Congrats on your writing success!

  3. I'm not able to make it to the luncheon tomorrow. Please donate my ticket fee to someone else or use it as a general donation. Sorry to miss!

  4. I'm new to Idaho Writers Guild - just joined yesterday. I plan to attend the luncheon on Sept 20th. I don't see a place on this page (or elsewhere) to pay in advance.