KETCHUM,  IDAHO—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 AlanHeathcock’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 beforgotten,” 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 Silver Creek Writers Residency and the Silver Creek Writers Studio  email  Silver Creek Writers Residency, Inc. is a 501c(3) tax exempt Idaho corporation.