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Once upon a time four writers had a dream. They made their dream come true.

I’ve tried to write this column a dozen times in the last month. I’m having trouble because I’m deeply moved by the subject. How to be honest. How to convey what I’m feeling. How to let go and move on. No matter how many different ways I begin, I end up in the same place, so please bear with me.

Once upon a time there were four women who loved to write and tell stories so much they formed a critique group that met regularly for years. Once a week they gathered to pour over their stories, offering suggestions and comments, and most of all encouragement. If a writer was entering a contest, she’d challenge the others, “You should enter too.”

Once a year these writers scheduled a writers’ retreat, taking a weekend to write, explore and laugh. One year they tramped around the Idaho ghost town of Silver City. Another year they explored Idaho City and its cemetery. Rocky Bar. The Hagerman valley. They attended bookfests and conferences and cheered each other on.

Eventually the writers organized what they called the Other Bunch Press. They held workshops; they published a book.

Life happens and things change. Jennifer Sandmann moved to Washington and Dixie Thomas Reale is writing stories from the clouds, or maybe the ocean where she loved to “swim” with the whales. Patricia Santos Marcantonio and I remain here in southern Idaho writing our fingers to stubs and loving every minute of it.

If you’ve been following us on Facebook you know that things are changing here at Other Bunch Press. We’ve changed our name as well as our website. What hasn’t changed is our passion for telling stories and sharing our love of writing with others. Our motto, “Everyone has a story, what’s yours?” remains the same. Our passion for bringing writers together is constant.

Pat and I are carrying on, happy to announce the formation of our new partnership, River St. Press. We’re releasing a middle grade book this spring called Billie Neville Takes a Leap. Please watch for it, it’s the story of a little girl who has a dream to be a daredevil like Evel Knievel. We’re also working on the third book of our Snake River Plain series, an anthology of family recipes, which we plan to release in early 2015. We will continue to hold workshops and bring writers together. We will continue to tell our stories.

We are grateful for your support and continued interest. Please come with us as begin our new adventure as River St. Press.com.

-Bonnie Dodge

 

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Thanks everyone for stopping by and saying hi this weekend at the Thousand Springs Arts festival. What a great place to gather and the weather couldn’t have been better.

Canyon Rim BookFest 2011

Bonnie Dodge, Dixie Thomas Reale and Patricia Santos Marcantonio at Canyon Rim BookFest 2011

Bonnie Dodge guest on The Writers’ Block radio show

Bonnie Dodge reads her writing on the Writer's Block show

On March 10, Bonnie Dodge was interviewed by Amanda Turner, host and producer of The Writers’ Block, on Boise Community Public Radio based in Boise. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to it here. Bonnie discussed a variety of topics, from the writing process to her involvement with The Other Bunch. She also read several of her works.

IDAHO AUTHORS’ HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR

The Other Bunch will be joining Jennifer DeNaughel, Betty Hare, Cliff Johnson, Niels S. Nokkentved, Jack Goodman, and Merri Halma at a holiday book fair December 11, 2010, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Zulu Bagels & Java Jungle, 1986 Addison Avenue East, Twin Falls, Idaho. Stop by, say hello, and support these local authors. Their books will make great stocking stuffers.

Finding Your Voice Workshop

We had a lot of fun presenting our workshop April 17. The speakers were awesome, and the audience had lots of questions. If you couldn’t make it this time, maybe we’ll see you next time. Here bestselling mystery author Joanne Pence is giving a workshop on Voice.

Finding Your Voice Workshop this weekend

Pat, Dixie and I are putting the finishing touches to our Finding Your Voice workshop that will be held April 17 in Twin Falls, Idaho. We are excited to have bestselling author Joanne Pence as our guest speaker. Her books have been USA Today and Independent Mystery Bookstore Association bestsellers. Author of more than thirteen books, Joanne will lead a workshop on how to find your own unique voice.
Other workshops will include Tools to Fire up your Creativity, Memoirs: Who has to Right to Write One which includes family histories, Creating Sparks and Banning Doubts, and The Writer’s Life.

If you’ve ever had the desire to write, this workshop is for you. You can find out more about the workshop here.