The 2020 Idaho Writers Conference will be April 24 and 25 in Boise at the Centre
Here are some of the people who will be sharing their knowledge with you:
Kim Cross is a New York Times Best-Selling author known for meticulously reported literary nonfiction. A full-time freelance writer, she writes for Nieman Storyboard, Outside, Southwest magazine, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Bicycling, Bike, ESPN.com, and a few newspapers. Her long-form stories have been recognized in “Best of” lists by the Columbia Journalism Review and included in the Best American Sport Writing. Kim’s first book, What Stands in a Storm, chronicles the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded weather, the April 2011 storm that unleashed 349 tornados on 21 states, killing at least 324 people. What Stands in a Storm won the Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize for Excellence in Writing and the American Society of Journalists and Authors nonfiction book award. A Barnes & Noble “Discover” pick, it was named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015 and was a finalist in the GoodReads Choice Awards. Kim teaches creative nonfiction at Boise State University and writing workshops for The Cabin.
Patty Costello lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, a zany awesome toddler, and a dog named Pippa. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of St Thomas and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. She currently works in higher education. Her first book is a picture book called Catalina and the King’s Wall which released in 2018 from Eifrig Publishing.
Johnny Worthen is an award-winning, best-selling author, voyager, and damn fine human being! He is the tie-dye wearing writer of the nationally acclaimed, #1 Kindle best-selling Eleanor, the Unseen. Among his other excellent and very read-worthy titles are the adult occult thrillers What Immortal Hand and Beatrysel, the award-winning mystery The Brand Demand, and the genre bending comedy-noir The Finger Trap, winner of the Diamond Quill for best book of the year. The Finger Trap introduces Tony Flaner, the lovable slacking sarcastic detective whose adventures continue in Thicker Than Water and In the Wake of Captain Lord. Trained in stand-up comedy, modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny is a frequent public speaker, teacher and blogger. He’s a writing instructor at the University of Utah and an acquisitions editor for Omnium Gatherum, a publisher of unique dark fantasy, and Dandelion Ink, purveyors of great mystery. He lives in Utah.
Sherry Briscoe, an award-winning author, writes suspense with a dash of romance and a pinch of the paranormal. Her childhood heroes were Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe, and she insists that episodes of The Twilight Zone made perfectly fine bedtime stories. In addition to her short story collection, Mists of Garibaldi, Sherry has written for numerous magazines and publications. A native Idahoan with Cajun and Native American heritage, she holds degrees in Journalism, Photography, and Adult Education. She is a world traveler, US Army veteran, founder of the Idaho Screenwriters Association, active board member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and professional speaker and workshop facilitator.
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.
Erica Virvo is a purposeful traveler and connector, who loves the thrill of living in countries of which people have rarely heard. She’s spent 5 years studying and working in lesser-visited countries in the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa. Erica has been an integral part of the Nomadic Matt team since she moved back to the U.S. in 2013, heading the creation of the series of self-published city, country, and continent Nomadic Matt Guidebooks. Her tips have been featured in publications including Levo League, the Positive Psychology Podcast, and Forbes.
Marcia Franklin has been a producer and host at Idaho Public Television since 1990. She is the producer and host of Dialogue, a statewide conversation program focusing on the humanities, which is beginning its 25th season.
Franklin is also a producer for Idaho Experience, a history series, and Outdoor Idaho, a series that covers environmental and outdoor issues in Idaho. She is also the past managing editor and host of Idaho Reports, the station's legislative program.
Marcia has also produced special documentaries, including "Barbara Morgan: No Limits," "Hearts and Minds: Teens and Mental Illness," and "The Color of Conscience."
Her programs have garnered some of the highest media honors, including a George Foster Peabody Award, the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, and five regional Emmy Awards.
In 2003, Marcia traveled to Iran for six weeks on a Pew Fellowship in International Journalism. She produced, shot and edited a documentary about the environmental movement in that country.
She is the recipient of the "Women of Today and Tomorrow" Award from the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage and the "Women Making History" Award from the Women's Center at Boise State University.
Marcia is a founding board member of the non-partisan City Club of Boise and a past president of that organization. For many years, she was a “Big Sister” in Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She is a frequent moderator at events around the state.
Prior to taking her position at IdahoPTV, Marcia worked as the assistant to the news director at KQED-TV in San Francisco and as a broadcast reporter at KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, ID. A native of Washington, DC, she has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Malia Collins, Idaho's Writer in Residence, grew up in Hawaii and left home for the wilds of Wisconsin where she received her degree in creative writing and journalism from Beloit College. She spent a few years traveling and living abroad until going back home to Kailua, Oahu, to get her Master’s in Literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After finishing her degree, she moved to Grenoble, France, on a Rotary ambassadorial scholarship to study French Literature at L’Universite Stendhal. It was there that she fell in love with snow and skiing. Shortly after returning to the States, she made a three-day stop in Boise to say hello to her grandparents. That was in 1999, and she’s been here ever since. Malia has published short stories in a number of literary magazines, has two Hawaiian children’s books, and is currently working on a guide to Hawaiian culture as well as a novel. She loves to swim in the ocean, walk Kailua Beach, and hike up Table Rock, particularly at sunrise. She lives in Boise with her husband and two children. She is an assistant professor in the English Department at the College of Western Idaho.