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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?
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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