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. 

Fall Registration opens in late August. Consistent with past years, in 2014, our students gave both instructors and classes a 98 percent excellence rating. 

Anchorage and Online classes: scroll down

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 49writers@gmail.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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Saturday, April 18, 9am-12pm (3 hours)

Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)

$50 member


$60 non-member


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.


WRITING IN 360 DEGREES with Don Rearden
Thursday, April 23, 6-9pm (3 hours)

Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)

No one lives in a setting, a life doesn't happen in a setting. Learn how to advance your fiction andn non-fiction to the next level by giving your writing a 360 degree transformation. In this workshop you'll be guided through a series of fun writing prompts that will help you understand and see the world your characters live in a new light. Learn how to craft complex and detailed environments and watch your characters come to life within their new realm of existence.

$50 member


$60 non-member



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.


Sunday, April 5–Saturday, May 16
18+ hours over 6 weeks
Online, asynchronous

$295 member


$350 non-member


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.

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