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Write Now!

The Coeur d'Alene Chapter of The Idaho Writer's League can help you begin...

You've made the resolutions. You bought new paper and a really good pen. You even cleaned a small corner of the bedroom and put up a desk. Yet you still can't seem to take the time to put pen to paper. What you need is inspiration, motivation, and encouragement. You need the Idaho Writer's League.

For over 60 years, the Idaho Writer's League (IWL) has been providing local communities with support and encouragement for the art and profession of writing. Since 1943, the Coeur d'Alene chapter of the IWL has provided everything you need to make your writing dreams come true.

At the Idaho Writer's League you will:
* Hear presentations by well-published authors and knowledgeable others from the world of writing.
* Share original writings.
* Participate in small, encouraging, likeminded critique groups.
* Discuss writing techniques or problems you are having with your work.
* Enter IWL state writing contests if you choose.
* Be encouraged to attend the IWL state writers convention the last week-end in September.
* Be mentored by a caring, knowledgeable, sensitive group of writers.
If you'd like to join our group click HERE to display an application form.  Print it and send it to the address on the form. 

By coming to one of our meetings you take the first step towards fulfilling your goals, nurturing your talent and possibly getting yourself published like these Coeur d'Alene Chapter Authors.

Nikki Arana - National award winning author of fiction book series and nonfiction book
Nancy Barnes - Nonfiction book author
B J Campbell - Newsletter editor and western writer
Patti Dickinson - Fiction and non-fiction books
Wes Hanson - Teacher and poet
Mary Jane Honegger - Magazine and newspaper writer
Mike Kincaid - Pilot and adventure novels author
Michael Marsden - Ghost stories and romance novelist
Mary Langer Smith aka Maryn Langer - Historical novels
Elizabeth Mastin - Poet and newsletter columnist
Barbard Rostad - Poet
Sandy Smith - Senior romance author
Larry Telles - Film history and juvenile novels

From Our Members:

Being a member of the Coeur d'Alene chapter of the Idaho Writer's League is to surround oneself with talented poets and writers, determined through their work to maintain a tradition of literary excellence that was begun a half-century ago. The result on my writing is that I keep raising the bar.

Patti Dickinson

I was a member of the Idaho Writer's League Twin Falls Chapter for 15 years. It was wonderful to be able to continue my membership in this organization when I moved to Coeur d'Alene six years ago. I find the support and opportunities for growth invaluable. For me, the writing itself doesn't get easier, and I need the loving support and honest critiquing I receive from the group.

Mary Langer Smith
aka Maryn Langer

In the Coeur d'Alene Chapter of Idaho Writer's League, beginning writers find acceptance, encouragement and guidance, and practical help. But what I cherish most is the non-judgmental, constant prompting to do a little better, to reach a little higher. I have found the members of the CDA Chapter to be a cornerstone of principle and purpose as I build my writing career.
Nikki Arana

When I joined the IWL, Coeur d'Alene Chapter, I found an audience for my own poems and prose. The bonus came when I listened to their work and found ways to improve mine.

Michael Marsden

Updated: February 16, 2011

Chapter Officers



Faye Higbee


mdnf.higbee at




Shelley K. Martin
shelleykay12 at


Laurie Jaeger

dnljaeger at

208- 659-1246 

Assistant/Board and Publicity Chair

Janice Abel

fishlingjan at



Hospitality Chair

Barbara Rostad

bkr9950 at









If you would like to know more about the Coeur d'Alene Chapter or the Idaho Writer's League email the chapter President cda at 

or write
P.O. Box 1286
Coeur d"Alene, ID 83816-1286  

Events and Announcememnts

The Coeur d'Alene Chapter meets twice each month.

A daytime meeting is held every 2nd Wednesday at the Jewett House located at 1501 E Lakeshore Dr, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. To view a map of the location click here. Meeting times are 9:00AM to Noon. Listen to guest speakers each month, catch up on the events being sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Chapter and bring your current work for our readings.

An evening meeting is held every 3rd Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30. Our new meeting place is now the Lutheran Church of the Master - ECA at 4800 N. Ramsey Rd. (corner of Ramsey and Kathleen.) To view a map of the location click here. Learn about what is happening in the Coeur d'Alene Chapter and bring your current work for our readings. Please note that there is no Thursday meeting in December. We would encourage all who can to attend our Christmas party at our Wednesday meeting.