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 49 Alaska Writing Center

John Straley

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Thursday, Apr. 24, 7pm, Great Harvest Bread, Anchorage: "The World of Self-Publishing and Why," Reading & Craft Talk with Elise Patkotak

Saturday, Apr. 26, 9am-12pm, Anchorage: Digital Tools for the Creative Writer - class with Lawrence Weiss

Saturday, Apr. 26, 1-4pm, Juneau: Every Day a Victory - class with John Straley

Saturday, Apr. 26, 8-10pm, Juneau Public Library: John Straley (Cold Storage, Alaska) reading and book signing

Tuesday, May 14 & Saturday, May 17, Anchorage Museum: "The Pressure is Off: Independent Publishing Options for Writers" with Dana Stabenow and Deb Vanasse

Monday, Jun. 2, 6-9pm, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council: Perspectives & Viewpoints: Exploring Points of View - class with Deb Vanasse. Click here to register.

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Anchorage Remembers is now accepting submissions

Later this year, 49 Writers will publish an anthology of personal stories written by Municipality of Anchorage residents, 50 years and older, who have memories of Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River over the years to share with the community. In February and March, we offered a series of free memoir-writing workshops in various locations to help eligible residents to craft their stories for submission. We encourage everyone who participated in a workshop to submit their work! If you have a story but did not attend a workshop, we are happy to consider your submission too. 

Click here for more information and to submit.


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

Christine Byl classWe 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.

Visit our blog. Find out more about membership here. Follow us on Facebook.

Connect with Authors and Audiences

Whether you are a writer or a reader, you can connect with authors through a variety of 49 Writers events, such as our three signature seriesCrosscurrents, Reading & Craft Talks, and Synergies.

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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49 Alaska Writing Center
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Anchorage Alaska 99522



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