What a great example of synergistic partnership!

We worked with THE CABIN to bring a Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, along with a new non-profit, ArTPack to add a wonderful sack of art supplies and books, to Ms. Sarah's 5th grade class at Jefferson Elementary School.

For 8 weeks, each student received masterful writing and art instruction by teaching author Ms. Chris.

Today was the big reveal of their writing and art with a Gallery Walk outside their classroom. Check it out!
We have partnered with THE CABIN to provide a Writers in the Schools (WITS) to Ms. Sarah's 5th grade class at Jefferson with the Fantastic Writer, Ms. Chris.

These teachers have gone above and beyond in bringing Literacy, Art and Writing to these curious and talented students.

We need to give a shout out to ArTPack, a new non-profit that creates and deliver art supplies and educational materials to Kids in our community. They believe art should be a part of everyone’s life!
Our family program kids had so much fun creating together at last week's Crafternoon and yesterday's Comic Book Creation Activity taught by Laura from THE CABIN. Here are photos of everyone hard at work 🎨
Laura Roghaar from THE CABIN teaches a writing class to our students in the family program. On Wednesday the class worked on dialogue. It was funny, fun, and there was a lot of joy in the room. Read aloud was also great. They are reading some new short stories from a book by Brian Selznick called “Kaleidoscope”.
The Read Freely Project is going strong! When all is said and done, we will have given away over 700 books and started many conversations.

If you'd like to help support this project, please consider donating to help us make this an annual event with THE CABIN 🌟
The #ReadFreelyProject is going strong! When all is said and done, we will have given away over 700 books and started a lot of good conversations in the community.

If you'd like to help support this project, please consider donating to help us make this an annual event with THE CABIN !
We're getting ready for the #ReadFreelyProject 's August distribution day already! This is what 90 copies of Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley looks like 🌟

So far this summer in partnership with THE CABIN we've given away 500 brilliant diverse books with the help of 50 volunteers in the community, and we're hoping to give away even more in September!

How can you help?

📗 Pick a book from the project and apply to give 10 copies away for free!

📘 Donate to the project via The Cabin, or by buying stickers/t-shirts from Rediscovered Books!

📙 Get the word out on social media using #ReadFreelyProject and #ReadFreelyIdaho
This summer we've started the #ReadFreelyProject with THE CABIN , and we're asking for your help!

1. You can donate through The Cabin to bring in more books for the project!

2. You can sign up to give away 10 copies of one of the books from the project for free; the only catch is that you must physically hand it to the people you give it to.

3. You can spread the word on social media and get more people involved! We firmly believe that more people reading books like these is one step closer to a better world, so let's start the conversation! 📚
Reading freely is to read without restriction. Different viewpoints and voices is a big part of that, and why we chose these books to give away with The Cabin to as many people as we can with the #ReadFreelyProject

We want these books to reach as many hands as possible, and need your help!

You can:
📘 Apply to give away 10 copies of a book
📗 Donate to the project through THE CABIN
📙 Purchase a Read Freely t-shirt
📖 Share the project on social media
Reading freely is to read without restriction. Different viewpoints and voices is a big part of that, and why we chose these books to give away with The Cabin to as many people as we can with the #ReadFreelyProject

We want these books to reach as many hands as possible, and need your help!

You can:
📘 Apply to give away 10 copies of a book
📗 Donate to the project through THE CABIN
📙 Purchase a Read Freely t-shirt
📖 Share the project on social media
We've started a new initiative with THE CABIN called the Read Freely Project.

The experiences of last year have taught us how critical relationships are to warding off loneliness, how crucial it is to seek common ground and greater understanding, and why we must find joy in the small things. Books offer a tool for each of those tasks. And our right to read, widely and without constraint or censorship - from authors outside our experience, to the unknown and unexpected—is no freedom to be taken lightly.

This project aims to connect readers with the rich and diverse stories all around us in hope of increasing connections, understanding, and joy between our neighbors, far and wide.

This includes an emphasis on the authors and stories that are different from our own, often unheard, and sometimes even banned. Read Freely Volunteers will give away hundreds of books written by BIPOC authors ten books at a time.

How it works:
We have selected ten titles for children, youth and adults that represent diverse voices. Volunteers will choose a title from our list and apply for a set of 10 copies of this book to give away to interested readers.

That's it. We want to give away as many of these books as possible, and we need your help! More information is on our website:
On February 17th, we invite you on a virtual journey over to The Cabin for a lecture with James Mcbride, accomplished jazz musician, screenwriter, and author of seven books, including National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird.

Bank of Idaho is a proud sponsor of THE CABIN in Boise. The cabin is a center for reader and writers. Yes! It really is in an actual cabin. Their mission of forging community voices aligns perfectly with that of Bank of Idaho's.

Click the link below to learn more and purchase your tickets.

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The Cabin is a nonprofit in Idaho. We are a center for readers & writers. The Cabin is a Boise, Idaho literary arts organization.

We've been creating human connections through words since 1996. You can read, write, and learn with us at:

READINGS & CONVERSATIONS, an annual lecture series that brings internationally-acclaimed, provocative, and inspiring writers to Boise
WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS (WITS), a program that places professional writers in classrooms with 3rd-12th grade students
SUMMER WRITING CAMPS, literary adventures

Operating as usual

Photos from THE CABIN's post 05/25/2022

What does joy smell like? Taste like? And what rhymes with orange? (Door hinge? More hens?) Play the types of story and word games that wakeup all five senses, sparking creativity and encouraging new paths to writing imaginative poems and stories. Then, explore nearby parks and other locations for inspiration.

This summer writing camp is for 3rd and 4th grade students and will be June 21-24 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at The Cabin.

Register now - spots are limited!

Timeline photos 05/24/2022

Did you know The Cabin hosts a FREE Drop-in Writing Workshop every first and third Tuesday of the month? The next one will be on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Local writer Danny Stewart will be creating unique prompts designed to inspire you and other writers in the community. Join us!

Register here:

Photos from THE CABIN's post 05/11/2022

We are only weeks away from June which means it’s time to register for our Summer Writing Camps! We have eight different week-long literary adventures to choose from for kids in 3rd grade through high school.

Hot tip: Camps are filling quickly so make sure to register ASAP!

Learn more at

Timeline photos 05/09/2022

Pack up your lawn chairs and blankets, and join us for a student reading of poetry and prose to celebrate the publication of CAMBIA, The Cabin's annual anthology of selected works from our Writers In the Schools program (WITS).

Tuesday, May 10
Gene Harris Bandshell inside Julia Davis park
6 PM - 8:30 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)

Learn more at


We need your help to reach our goal of $10,000 through ! If we can hit our goal, every donation will be DOUBLED!

Timeline photos 05/05/2022

COIN starts...(drum roll)! For every $20 you donate to The Cabin through Idaho Gives by 4 PM today, one of our writers will contribute a sentence to a collaborative story that we'll be updating on our website. Donate now and follow the story!


Want to support young writers in our community this summer? We're looking for Volunteer Teaching Assistants for our writing camps. As a teaching assistant, your job is to help the teaching-writer and support our campers as they learn how to flex their writing muscles.

Learn more and sign up now!

Photos from THE CABIN's post 04/08/2022

What an incredible honor and joy it was to welcome award-winning poet, professor, and all-around delightful, poignant, Vans-wearing human Cathy Park Hong back to Boise last month. She joined us at The Egyptian for our second-to-last Readings & Conversations event of this season.

During the event, Cathy Park Hong reflected on a question she’s been asked a lot over the last few months: “What brings you joy?”

“It dawned on me because of the frequency of the question that people were desperate to be reminded of joy,” Hong said during the event.

She reflected on her own reminders: “My 7-year-old daughter brings me joy. When she sees a cherry blossom tree she says it looks like a bouquet a giant would give to a friend. My husband gives me joy. Writing gives me joy, that is, for the 10% of the time when it’s flowing.”

What brings you joy?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers talks about his new book 04/01/2022

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers talks about his new book

Check out this great interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers! We're excited to see Powers at the The Egyptian Theatre in a couple weeks!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers talks about his new book Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers' new novel, "Bewilderment", looks at climate change and animal extinction through the eyes of a widowed father and his nine-year-old son. Powers is coming to the Egyptian Theater in Boise on April 18th as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations Ser...

Photos from THE CABIN's post 03/30/2022

Is this spring weather giving anyone else the urge to sing?

Here's a look back at a few highlights from our lovely evening with Josh Ritter and John Darnielle earlier this year.

Photos from THE CABIN's post 03/22/2022

Curious about bending reality and exploring the future in your writing?

Join The Cabin's teaching-writer Natanya Biskar on a six-week journey into speculative fiction. Read works by Ted Chiang, Zadie Smith, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Deborah Eisenberg, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, George Saunders, and Diane Cook and discover techniques to finesse your own longer speculative fiction piece.

Starts in one week on March 29th! Register for this writing workshop:

Photos from THE CABIN's post 03/18/2022

Tracy Sunderland is an award-winning screenwriter whose students love her — just look at some of the feedback they shared from last year's screenwriting course!

This is your last chance to sign up for her 6-week online Writing for the Screen workshop starting Monday, March 28. If you've dreamed of putting your movie ideas onto the page, this is an amazing opportunity to do so with a gifted teacher to guide you.

Register for Tracy's screenwriting workshop here:


Join a gathering of The Cabin’s award-winning teaching-writer team at The Egyptian Theatre on March 26 as they read short selections from their prose and poetry, alongside student-penned animations produced by Boise illustrator James Lloyd.

This free event is open to all and is part of Treefort Music Fest Storyfort events.


If life has you howling at the moon, go ahead and channel that energy into your writing.

We’d love to include your poetry or prose in this year’s Moon-themed Writers in the Attic (WITA) publication. Take the theme literally or figuratively and share your writing with us.

Submit by Monday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m. MDT.

Find the finer details here:

Photos from THE CABIN's post 03/04/2022

We’re excited to see Cathy Park Hong tonight at The Egyptian Theatre, where she’ll be talking about her book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.

The show is sold out, but a very limited number of rush tickets are available.

See you tonight at The Egyptian!

Photos from THE CABIN's post 03/03/2022

Registration for our Summer Writing Camps is open!

The Cabin's Summer Writing Camps help kids cultivate a lifelong love of writing through fun, week-long literary adventures. Campers explore community spaces like the Idaho Botanical Garden, Birds of Prey, and The Cabin as they build tools to creatively express themselves. Camps are available for 3rd - 12th graders.

Find our eight different camps and learn more here:


From climate change to flying cars, from robot overlords to virtual reality, the future holds both worry and possibility, anxiety and hope.

Explore how fiction can cast its gaze forwards and examine the future, in all its uncertainty and possibility. Join teaching-writer Natanya Biskar for Writing the Future: a speculative fiction workshop. This 6-week workshop starts Tuesday, March 29.

Find more details and register here:

Photos from THE CABIN's post 02/17/2022

Writing takes time, space, and sometimes just the right lunar conditions.

Let the full moon tonight be your inspiration for your 2022 Writers in the Attic (WITA) submission. Polish your prose or poetry and submit by March 14.


Dream of writing your screenplay?

Get a jumpstart in our spring workshop, Writing for the Screen: a short film screenwriting workshop. Join writer Tracy Sunderland in a practical exploration and approach to screenwriting. This workshop runs for six weeks starting Monday, March 28.

Learn more and register here:


Looking to share your writing with the Boise community?

Check out a new open mic at @boisehive for spoken word and poetry, started by a local community member.


Speaking of the revision
process…announcing a spring workshop to help you
make your writing the best it can be!

Acquire a toolbox for rewriting and revising, overcome
procrastination, tame your inner critic, and make your
writing shine in Revision: The Key to Successful
Writing, an online workshop with Colleen Brennan.
Starting Thursday, March 24, and running for 6 weeks.

Register here:

Scholarships are available.


Calling all writers!

We know the writing process takes time (and then there’s the revision process). So we’re giving you an extra week to fine tune that short story (1,500 words or less), poem, or essay.

The deadline for your Writers in the Attic (WITA) submissions on our 2022 theme of Moon is now Monday, March 14.

We look forward to seeing your writing!


Josh Ritter & John Darnielle

Are you ready for Josh Ritter and John Darnielle tomorrow?

Today is your last chance to get tickets before sales close tonight!


One week to go! Do you have your tickets?

Join us for an evening of music, conversation, and readings with Josh Ritter and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Get your tickets here:

Photos from THE CABIN's post 01/06/2022

WITS check-in! Here's a little peek inside a recent activity one of our Teaching-Writers, Elizabeth Barnes, did with her Writers in the Schools residency class at Rose Hill Montessori, guaranteed to make you smile 😊

For the holiday season, Elizabeth’s WITS class created a gnome project!

Outline of the Project:

Class One: Students created the gnomes. The gnomes then lived in the classroom the entire month of December.

Class Two: Students read about the Nordic tradition of gnomes and looked at the classic book Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen. Because this book was written like a field guide, students looked at other field guides about plants and animals.
Students then went on a walk in the snow and imagined the world as if they were a gnome. They wrote a short field note and/or story about their gnome.

Class Three: Students wrote a letter to their parents that introduced the gnome. They wrote the letter on parchment, signed it with a quill, and then sealed the letter with a wax seal. When this was complete they packaged up their gnomes along with their stories and the letter as a gift for their parents.

We're so proud of our WITS Teaching-Writers and students here at The Cabin- to gnome is to love 'em!

Timeline photos 12/31/2021

Resolution time! Wanna write more in 2022? Shoot for the moon and become a published author while you're at it! The Cabin is now accepting submissions for our 11th annual Writers in the Attic publication; this year's one-word theme is "Moon". Submission deadline March 7th. More details here:

Timeline photos 12/27/2021

We're starting off 2022 with a bang! Our first workshop series, taught by Colleen Brennan, is all about polish and shine. Revision is EVERYTHING to writers, and this six-week class will have you building skills like a pro. Spaces limited, scholarships available! For more info visit our website here:

The Cabin’s Story

The Cabin is the first — and only — center for readers and writers in the heart of Southwest Idaho (and yes, we’re housed in an actual cabin).

This actual cabin was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940 to honor the 50th anniversary of Idaho’s statehood. It served as the offices for the State Forestry Department and the Soil Conservation Corps until 1990, at which point the building didn’t do much besides deteriorate. The City of Boise acquired it in 1992.

By the mid-1990s, the city didn’t seem to know what to do with the cabin, so it was slated for possible demolition. However, a group of local writers saw past the disaster and reimagined the building as a gathering place for Boise’s readers and writers. They agreed to renovate and preserve the historical structure in exchange for a 30-year lease. In 1996, the Log Cabin Literary Center was born.

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