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    • 10/24/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland (Teton B Room)

    Note start time of 6:30 PM. The Mystery Writers Academy is intended for adults only. Thank you for your understanding .

    DAVID R. FRAZIER is a third generation photojournalist who has lived in Boise 51 years.

    His presentation will include:

    • Difference in technology and society in past 50 years that makes solving crimes easier
    • How a reporter helped solve crimes by making people aware 
    David started working at the Idaho Statesman in 1968 and it took them nearly 5 years to have the good sense to fire him. Since that time Dave has written for the NEW YORK TIMES, TIME MAGAZINE, THE PORTLAND OREGONIAN and made photos for about every publisher in the U.S. 

    He has traveled the world making educational pictures for textbook publishers and travel guides. His first book, “DRAFTED!  Vietnam at War and at Peace” is a memoir of his service in the Vietnam War in 1967 & 68.  The book is rich in history, humor, and of photos made during the war and on three return visits to Vietnam. In his spare time he publishes an on-line newsblog he calls THE BOISE GUARDIAN.  The content deals mostly with local government issues.

    He is a former police reporter for the YPSILANTI PRESS in Michigan and the IDAHO STATESMAN. Interest in law enforcement got him appointed as the citizen representative on the Idaho Law Enforcement Planning Commission in the early 1970s by Gov. Cecil Andrus.  He also served 5 years as a police officer in Garden City. 


    • 01/23/2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TBD
    Registration is closed

    This presentation of the Mystery Writers Academy will be of interest also to writers of science fiction, fantasy, and military history. However, it is not suitable for children, and some adults may find the terms used to be offensive. Audience discretion is advised.

    Karl Henwood is a US Army Armor Officer in Idaho's own 116th Cavalry Brigade and an Iraq veteran. He has spent 13 years on various versions of the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and a variety of armored minivan-equivalents which are not, in fact, tanks. He holds a history degree from University of Portland and has always had an interest in military theory throughout the ages, something now informed by plenty of real world experience. He lives in Boise with his wife, four year old son, and two very strange dogs, and his first novel just crashed and burned on query. 

    The presentation will cover:

    1. Why Giant Robots Are Silly: How basic physical constraints have shaped equipment and tactics, from the Spartan Phalanx to the A-10 Warthog, and how to apply them to your fantasy or Sci-Fi setting.
    2. Opening A Can: How to hurt armored things, from the Black Knight to the crew of a Star Destroyer, and how to make heroes/villains believably hard to kill.
    3. Playing Well With Others: How supporting systems, from wagons of grain to fleets of fuel trucks, are required to sustain combat and how to add depth to your story by including them. 
    4. Better Living Through Failure: Brief case studies that provide valuable lessons on on how not to wage armored warfare.
    5. Question and Answer: What-ifs, seemingly stupid questions, and writing specific inquires are not only permitted but encouraged since the entire purpose of the presentation is to bridge the gap between the practical and the fictional.

Thanks to the sponsors of the Idaho Writers Guild

 Rediscovered BookshopMill Park Publishing



Idaho Writers Guild

PO Box 8862

Boise ID 83707


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