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Do you have a story idea or characters’ voices flitting around in your mind?

DO you already have a printed manuscript, or scraps of one, tucked into a back drawer?

Do you dream of leaving a memoir behind?

You are not alone. Many writers start with an idea and, through community, are able to craft the story they long to tell. ICW meets bi-weekly for write-ins, monthly for fellowship and twice in a larger capacity for our Fall Gathering and Annual Conference.

Not sure you are ready to commit? We offer two, free, no-obligation meetings to allow you to see if this is the right community for you. If you decide to join ICW after that, we have several membership plans to best serve you. We even have a scholarship for those who may need assistance*.

To learn more and become a member with ICW, visit the Become a Member page.

*The ICW scholarship is limited. To learn more, visit the application page.

What members are saying…

Idahope was my key to becoming a published author. I met other writers who encouraged me to learn from rejection and challenged me to put my work in front of different publishers. They inspired me to never stop learning and growing as a storyteller.

Heather Woodhaven, USA Today Bestselling Author of Arctic Witness 

My eyes are actually welling up a little bit as I think about how important the writers at ICW have been to my writing journey over the last decade. From brainstorming, critique and editing, to invaluable writing and publishing advice, mentorship and resources. Not to mention the importance of ready access and encouragement when it comes to the unique challenges of being a writer and artist of the Christian faith. ICW has been with me every step of the way.

Lisa Michelle Hess, Author and ICW Board Member

Before my husband and I moved to Idaho, I belonged to writers’ groups in other states, where I made great friends and learned how to hone my craft. However, I didn’t find the faith-based camaraderie Idahope Christian Writers offers. We worship together, pray together, party and picnic together. Lifelong friendships, critique partners and groups, plus at least one book club have been birthed by ICW. Having been a member since day one, I’ve been privileged to watch multiple members publish multiple books in multiple genres, thanks to the encouragement and training we receive. After the long pandemic pause, I’m excited for the ICW reboot!!!

Rebecca Carey Lyles, author of the Kate Neilson Series, Prisoners of Hope Series, and the Children of the Light Series

The relationships I found within Idahope helped my first contract become a reality. Without those critique partners, I wouldn’t be the author I am today.

Lisa Phillips, USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 60 books

I appreciate all the information and support I received when I lived in Idaho and attended Idahope. Thank you, everyone!

Claudia Bernard

The relationships and experience that IdaHope gave me proved invaluable as I went from being an aspiring writer to growing into the ‘real deal’. I can honestly say the influence of other Christian writers gave me confidence, hope, and wisdom as I navigated my writing journey.

Niccole Perrine, Author of Children’s “Joy Series”