Fall 2015 creative writing classes


Fall Registration will officially open on Monday, August 17. Consistent with past years, in 2014, our students gave both instructors and classes a 98 percent excellence rating. 

Anchorage and Online classes: scroll down

Southeast Alaska classes: Find information on Juneau and Haines 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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FALL 2015 COURSES

JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING with Deb Vanasse

September 26 from 9am-4pm (6 hours with a one-hour lunch break)

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

Price:

$110 members (includes copy of Write Your Best Book)

 

$130 non-members (includes copy of Write Your Best Book)

 

Description:
Through guided exercises and discussion, workshop participants will generate ideas, amplify words on the page, and write past stuck points. Topics include the writer’s mind, the writing process, and narrative essentials like character, setting, and pacing. Participants will examine and refine their own writing processes while exploring techniques to mine and enrich the material from which they write. Deb's book Write Your Best Book will be included with the workshop fee.

Genre: Fiction/Nonfiction

 

ASK MRS. MURDER with Marcy McDannel

October 3 from 1-4pm (3 hours)

Location: TBD in Anchorage

Price:

$45 members

 

$55 non-members

 

Description:
Want to write a good murder mystery, legal thriller, or are you curious about crime fiction? Don’t look like an amateur – ask Ms. Murder!

Criminal defense attorney and ADN legal columnist Marcelle McDannel will provide you with an insider’s look into the mechanics of murder investigations and criminal cases. The course will include an overview of trends in the investigation and courtroom presentation of murder cases, and recent developments in forensic science and crime scene reconstruction.  Using real-life case examples, Marcelle will discuss common investigative errors and how they can be converted into plot twists, along with a discussion of where reality typically diverts from fiction. Participants will be encouraged to generate new ideas for their work, asks questions about works-in-progress, or fact-check published work.

Let’s talk murder!

Genre: Fiction

 

SONIC SYMPHONIES: HOW TO MAKE YOUR WRITING SING with Alyse Knorr

October 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 8-10pm (8 hours total)

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

Price:

$120 member

 

$135 non-member

 

Description:
In this student-centered, outcome-based elements class, we will explore how sound operates in a variety of genres and how to and why to use sound to create mood, convey ideas, and create beautiful, lyrical writing. Together, we will investigate forms that encourage sound play and practice techniques of rhyme, meter, rhythm, and syntax. Students will learn a variety of types of rhyme, the vowel and consonant scale, and how sound has evolved in writing over time and across different languages.

This class will be geared toward a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including both emerging and established writers of all genres. I will use a balance of explanation, in-class writing exercises, reading of examples, sharing, discussion, workshopping, and reflection to help students think critically about their usage of sound and generate writing that pays close attention to sound. Students will learn strategies and techniques that they can use in their writing of any genre moving forward.

Genre: All genres

 

BURNING WITH LOVE: HOW TO WRITE ABOUT LOVE WITHOUT BLUSHING with Alyse Knorr

November 3 from 7-10pm

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

Price:

$45 member

 

$55 non-member

 

Description:
Love is one of the most essential, timeless “fires” of human experience. Writers have been exploring the theme of love since the beginning of literature itself, and, as many writers have pointed out, our experience of love may be what defines us as human. This class will offer an exciting, fun crash course in writing about love—erotic, familial, friendly, or romantic love—in any genre. By studying a variety of examples by a diversity of authors, students will be able to confidently craft their own writing about love from unique narrative, lyric, formal, or experimental angles.

This class will be geared toward a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including both emerging and established writers of all genres. I will use a balance of explanation, in-class writing exercises, reading of examples, sharing, discussion, and reflection to help students think critically about how to approach the subject of love.

Genre: All genres

 

THE SPIRITUAL IN WRITING: ACROSS FAITH, GENRES, AND TIME with Kathleen Tarr

November 10, 12, 17, and 19 from 7:00-9:30pm (total of 10 hours)

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

Price:

$150 member

 

$170 non-member

 

Description:
The seekers, dreamers, pilgrims, saints, mystics, and spiritual masters—what powerful writings have they shared with the world? In this brief introduction to spiritual writing, we will explore and discuss works that are rooted in the long traditions of spirituality, across faith traditions, across genres, and across international borders. We will examine the deeper aspects of what constitutes “spiritual writing” with a special focus on readings from prose and poetry that are far from being mere spiritual fluff or overly-pious in nature. We will look across the ages, too, to those writers and thinkers whose essays, poems, and stories have withstood the test of time. A selection of contemporary spiritual writings uniquely suited to the times we live in will also be introduced.

Participants will be invited to share some of their more spiritually-minded works-in-progress in a mini-workshop. As a catalyst to further reflection, meditation, and introspection, several writing prompts directed to one’s inner journeys and spiritual paths will be offered.

Genre: All genres

ONLINE CLASSES

NO BLOGGING REQUIRED! HOW TO MATCH YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE WITH WHO YOU REALLY ARE with Cindy Dyson

October 7 and 14 from 7:00-8:30pm (3 hours total)

Price:

$45 members

 

$55 nonmembers

 

Description:
If authors followed the conventional wisdom about creating a robust online presence, they'd be blogging 2 days a week, tweeting one, and filling the rest with FB posts. In other words, no time -- or mental energy -- left to actually craft great books. The world NEEDS writers who have time to think and write the big thoughts. 

This class takes a strategic, and sometimes contrarian, view of how authors can kick the scree loose to find an online path to promotion that works FOR rather than AGAINST the work they most care about.

Focusing on new technologies, off-bandwagon thinking, and the fundamentals of author-reader interaction, the class is about 40% based on recent research into online user/reader needs/desires and about 60% based on author self-analysis. The goal of the class is for authors to discover the intersection of these and how to use online tools to best offer their work to those who would benefit from it most.

NOTE: This class will be conducted by Skype. Students must have a basic knowledge of computer functionality, internet browser functionality and word-processing software.

 

The following 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.

SCENE, SUMMARY, AND TIME with Andromeda Romano-Lax

October 12 to November 1

9+ hours over 3 Weeks

Online. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous instruction

Price:

$150 member

 

$165 non-member

 

 

Description:
Scenes are essential to dramatic fiction and nonfiction. Summary provides opportunities to compress time, deepen meaning, and foreground a distinctive narrative voice. Most of us think we can recognize these two modes, but in practice, distinctions blur and our story-telling intuitions sometimes lead us astray. In this asynchronous class, we will use readings, discussion, and writing exercises in order to fine-tune our control of how we "show" and "tell" what is happening in a story, novel, memoir or essay.

Genres: Fiction/Nonfiction

 

FIRST PERSON COMPLICATED--THE DUAL-VOICED NARRATOR with Andromeda Romano-Lax

November 2 to November 22

9+ hours over 3 Weeks

Online. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous instruction

Price:

$150 member

 

$165 non-member

 

 

Description:
In both memoir and in fiction that poses as memoir (via a 1st person autobiographical narrator), voice and the use or purposeful absence of reflection presents opportunities and challenges. In this asynchronous class, we will use readings, discussion, and writing exercises in order to probe how the first person voice is complicated and enriched by choices we make about narrative stance, reflection, commentary, and more.

Genres: Fiction/Nonfiction

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