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Opening of the Silver Creek Writers Studio

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The Silver Creek Writers Residency is pleased to announce Cody Gittings, a freelance filmmaker and videographer from Boise, Idaho, as its inaugural guest for the Silver Creek Writers Residency. The residency runs from March 4 through March 9, 2015 to coincide with the 2015 Sun Valley Film Festival.

Gittings’ current film, “Smoke,” co-produced with Stephen Heleker, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and is now in post-production with an Idaho premier in the works. “Smoke” was adapted from the Whiting Award-winning author Alan Heathcock’s short story of the same title published in his powerful collection “Volt.” “Volt” has won numerous best book and editor’s choice awards, including GQ Magazine’s Book of the Year.

“‘Smoke’ is a father-son story with a dangerous twist that, once read, cannot be forgotten,” said Bill Fowler, Silver Creek Writers Residency’s founder. “Heathcock is a major authorial talent living in Boise, and when we learned Gittings was adapting the story and producing the film in Idaho, we were eager to host him as our first resident.”

Silver Creek Writers Residency is a new program offering emerging and early-career writers of diverse genres the opportunity for independent and inspired work while staying in beautiful Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho—the resting place of Ernest Hemingway and haunt of Hollywood legends.

“Part of our mission is to directly benefit emerging writers who have the potential to influence the public discourse on issues important to our valley and the West,” Fowler said. “To that end, our first nonfiction writer this summer will be working in the subject of nature or wilderness.”

Fowler has also announced the February 21st, 2015 opening of the Silver Creek Writers Studio in Ketchum, a private workspace for residency participants, as well as local writers.

“I’m thrilled that during Silver Creek’s first year we’ll be hosting five talented writers working on timely subjects and telling great stories,” he said. “In addition, the Silver Creek Writers Studio will be a nice amenity for our residents and local writers who need a refuge for focused work. Our biggest challenge is finding guest houses and host homes to accommodate our residents. We’re actively seeking the public’s help with this.”

For donations or inquiries for The Silver Creek Writers Residency and the Silver Creek Writers Studio email Silver Creek Writers Residency, Inc. is a 501c(3) tax exempt Idaho corporation.

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