Thursday, Mar. 6, 7pm, Great Harvest Bread Company: "Why Alaska?" - Reading & Craft Talk with Katey Schultz
Saturday, Mar. 8, 9am-4pm, 645 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage: "Flash Fiction in a Flash" - class with Katey Schultz
Wednesday, Mar. 12, 7pm, Anchorage Museum: "Essaying Alaska" - Crosscurrents with Sherry Simpson and Christine Byl
Friday, Mar. 14 to Sunday, Mar. 16: Anchorage: "Submitting Your Book: The First 20 Pages" - weekend intensive with Brendan Jones
Saturday, Mar. 15, 1-4pm: UAS Egan Library, Juneau: "Complex & Conflicted Characters" - class with Don Rearden
Click here to link to Newsradio 970 KFBX interview with poet Camille Dungy talking about "writing the whole environment."
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Anchorage Remembers: a Centennial Memoir Project
To commemorate the historic rise of Anchorage from the first sale of town lots in 1915 to Alaska’s largest city in 2015, 49 Writers will publish a memoir anthology—Anchorage Remembers—that celebrates the history of Anchorage in the words of those who have lived it. We are currently offering a series of FREE memoir writing workshops taught by local writers to help interested individuals with a story idea for submission. The final series takes place at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, Saturday & Sunday, 1-3 pm, March 22, 23, 29 & 30.(four 2-hour sessions totaling 8 hours). Click here to register. We are looking for new or experienced writers 50 years and older who are interested in learning about memoir writing, have a story to tell or an idea for a story, want to receive feedback on their writing, and would like to submit a short personal story (up to 1,000 words) they have written to the Anchorage Remembers anthology.
The call for submissions to the anthology will open on April 1, 2014, with a deadline of June 30, 2014. Publication of the anthology is planned for the end of the year. We will also hold public readings by anthology contributors that coincide with the June/July 2015 celebrations. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Anchorage Centennial Celebration.
Imagine an Alaska firmly established on the literary map as a dynamic creative community.
It has started to happen: Alaskan authors appear on the New York Times bestseller lists, or win the Whiting Writers Award, or get listed as finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. All in a state where writers of diverse cultures and backgrounds come together to learn, develop, and share their common interests. That's the Alaska that 49 Writers envisions. Why not get involved at this exciting time when our state is growing as a place that nurtures emerging writers, while gaining national respect as a home to literary excellence?
One easy way to show that you value Alaska's writers and literature is to support 49 Writers in this year's Pick.Click.Give. campaign when you file for your Permanent Fund Dividend. This is the first year we've been eligible to participate and you can read here what 49 Writers co-founder Deb Vanasse has to say about how far we've come, with your help, in such a short time. While there are many deserving nonprofits in the state, you are probably on this website because arts and culture are important to your life. If you believe in the work that 49 Writers is doing to support our creative community, if you've benefited personally from our programs, if you love Alaskan literature--why not make this the year that you make a difference: Pick.Click.Give. to 49 Writers.
Hone Your Creative Writing Skills
We offer affordable creative writing classes of interest to writers at all levels—beginning, intermediate, and advanced. So whether you are just starting out or have already published, you will find a topic on the 49 Writers schedule that meets your needs. Perhaps you want to delve into some element of craft, such as sentence structure or character development. Or you might have reached the point where you need to dig into serious revision. Maybe you're looking for inspiration from a special topic like spiritual writing or the literary uses of humor. Perhaps you're drawn to explore the boundaries between poetry and prose. Find more information about our classes and faculty here.
For those of you who seek a remote writing experience, check out our writers retreat at the beautiful Tutka Bay Lodge, led each year by a nationally renowned author.
Join Our Community of Writers
There are many ways to engage with Alaska's literary community through 49 Writers. You can follow our blog, which features posts on craft and the writing life by regular and guest contributors, author interviews, a weekly news roundup, and the annual Poets in Winter dialogue. New blog features include Alaska Shorts (a chance to publish your work) and Writergirl, a column that answers your nagging questions about writing and publishing.
As a members of 49 Writers, you'll receive invitations to literary salons and other gatherings and receive regular bulletins about opportunities of interest to Alaska writers. And, once a year, you can come together with your fellow writers to enjoy some literary solidarity and camaraderie at our April Write-a-thon.
Connect with Authors and Audiences
We also organize literary weekends in rural communities, so let us know if you are interested in hosting one.
In October, why not participate in Alaska Book Week, the statewide celebration of Alaska's writers and their books coordinated by 49 Writers? You can create book displays, hold author events, participate in panels, give readings, stage community-wide events—anyone can get involved and celebrate. Every year, more Alaska writers are gaining national and international recognition—we are becoming a force on the literary scene!
Right: Photo of Camille Dungy and Sean Hill by Mary Virginia Stroud
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