Spring 2015 creative writing classes
We are pleased to introduce some new faculty members this spring and to bring back instructors whose classes you have enjoyed in past seasons. Kathleen Tarr, who taught a very successful course on spiritual writing two years ago, is back with a new class that will be enriched by her many experiences in the intervening period. Bryan Fierro, who moderated the Luis Urrea Crosscurrents last April, is teaching a class on how to write dialogue that zings. Colorado author and former Alaskan Rachel Weaver will be visiting in February and March to help those of you writing a novel or memoir to tackle the huge task of writing a book. Local poet Sandra Kleven, editor of Cirque and organizer of Poetry Parley, will lead a very interactive discussion about some of America's important poets. And Larry Weiss returns with two classes that get into the nuts and bolts of writing: one on historical research and the other on publishing your book on Kindle.
Registration is open. Some registration fees have increased slightly as we bring them into alignment with current instructor rates but they are still exceptionally good value. Consistent with past years, in 2014, our students gave both instructors and classes a 98 percent excellence rating.
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Juneau classes: Find information on Juneau classes here.
All registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis; we do not hold slots or accept installment payments. Payment in full is required at the time of registration and before participating in a class. You can register and pay with VISA/Mastercard via our secure server by clicking the "Register Now" links below. If you prefer to pay by check or PayPal (send to email@example.com), complete and submit our online form. Class size is limited for some courses, so we recommend you register early to avoid disappointment. Please be sure you are a current member of 49 Writers before registering at the member rate.
We do not issue refunds if you cancel but if you notify us at least 24 hours in advance, we will provide a tuition voucher in the amount of your registration (valid for one year) less a 10% cancelation fee. If 49 Writers has to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will issue a full tuition refund.
At this time we are unable to offer distance options for regular classes (either by teleconference or Skype) and participation must be in person. Dependent on grant funding, we hope to offer the occasional class at your local library via Alaska OWL. For regular updates on classes and author events, sign up for our newsletter or follow our blog at http://49writers.blogspot.com/.
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WRITING THE THREE DIMENSIONAL NOVEL OR MEMOIR with Rachel Weaver
This class will help writers tackle what may seem like the overwhelming task of writing a novel or memoir. Whether you're looking for guidance to help you along in your current drafts or are just beginning to face the challenge, Rachel will provide insight and direction to move you forward in the process. Covering critical questions related to dramatic tension and conflict, character development, dialogue, plotting, setting and scene work, this class promises an enlightening, encouraging experience to aid you in your writing, present or future.
HISTORICAL RESEARCH SOURCES FOR WRITERS with Lawrence Weiss
New date: Saturday, April 4, 9am-12pm (3 hours)
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
In this half-day class we will review online and local sources for historical research of narrative material and images. The focus will be on Alaska materials, but many of the resources are national in scope. We will review national newspaper archives, UAA and State of Alaska historical holdings, federal holdings, community museums and historical societies, interview techniques, and other sources for historical material for writers. Our priority will be free and low-cost resources.
HOW PUBLISH YOUR BOOK ON KINDLE with Lawrence Weiss
New Date: Saturday, April 18, 9am-12pm (3 hours)
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
This class is a practical review of how to format a book for publishing on Kindle, how to submit the book for publication, and how to monitor the book once published. We'll start with a brief overview of the world of electronic publishing. We will also discuss how to format for Smashwords and how to submit. Smashwords is kind of a "middleman" broker that then gets your book onto itunes, Barnes and Noble, and several other sites world-wide. Finally, we will spend a little time discussing marketing your ebook.
ONLINE CLASSES with Andromeda Romano-Lax
These classes are asynchronous: there are no scheduled meeting times but there will be weekly assignments and expectations. and everyone will complete the work on their own time. Interaction will utilize text-based formats such as discussion boards.
POINT OF VIEW INTENSIVE
Sunday, February 8–Saturday, March 7
12 hours over 4 weeks
Point of view is a complex topic even for intermediate and advanced writers, and there are few better ways to deepen and vary one's fiction than by experimenting with the many choices available,including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person; degrees of omniscience and unreliability; and braiding of different POVs. In this generative online class, we will sample literary examples, write, and rewrite, deepening our sense of how perspective and distance create windows into character and affect a story's ultimate meaning. Suitable for all levels and ages. Emphasis will be on fiction but open to nonfiction writers and some memoir strategies will be discussed.
Sunday, April 5–Saturday, May 16
18+ hours over 6 weeks
Most writing is re-writing, and in this week, we will bring our novel and creative nonfiction works-in-progress to the next level, revising at both micro and macro levels for language, structure, character arc, and more. We will reverse outline, identify common errors or weaknesses, and explore the differences between polishing and radical revision. Students should have a novel or memoir that is at least half-drafted, and preferably all or mostly drafted. This will be a workshop-intensive class. Suitable for intermediate or advanced level writers, open to fiction and nonfiction.