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Writers in Residences

Writer CMarie Fuhrman sits on a gravel beach next to a still body of water. Fuhrman has long dark brown hair with bangs and is wearing a white blouse that ties at the elbow and a long white layered skirt with brown cowboy boots.

CMarie Fuhrman, photo by Mel Ota

Sometimes it is the hello from a friend that turns our day around. Sometimes it’s a phone call. One person to another, exchanging ideas, stories: empathizing and growing each other’s worlds and writing. What better way than through a letter, sent by mail, and placed in your hands, to make a connection, a new friend.

Idaho Writer in Residence CMarie Fuhrman and the Idaho Commission on the Arts are presenting a non-virtual writing event designed to build community, encourage creativity, provide diversion and, potentially, to relieve some of the emotional weight we are experiencing during this time.

Join us for IdaPost, a pen pal writing project. Interested writers can sign up below by answering a few simple questions. Registrants will be mailed the name and address of another Idaho writer as well as the first writing prompt from CMarie. Pals exchange via the method of communication they agree on. The initial prompt will be followed by three others, which will arrive via USPS. Pen pals will give each other feedback, exchange ideas, and provide encouragement. No writing experience is necessary; prompts will be appropriate for all ages, and all levels of experience. All IdaPost participants will have the option to submit a piece of writing conceived during the project, to be included in a IdaPost Zine published by the Arts Commission in spring, 2022.

There is no cost to participate, however, writers must pay for any outgoing postage.

Registrations for the 21/22 cohort are closed. Watch this page to follow along with writing prompts and information about how to join us in 22/23.