Register now for Spring 2014 creative writing classes

Once again, we have put together as interesting and varied a selection of classes as possible for our community of writers. We're pleased to welcome back some favorite instructors, such as CHRISTINE BYL and KATEY SCHULTZ, while adding new names to our faculty in the form of Sitka novelist BRENDAN JONES, Sitka crime writer and poet JOHN STRALEY, and visiting poet CAMILLE DUNGY. DANA STABENOW also returns to the line-up, teaming with 49 Writers co-founder and long-time instructor DEB VANASSE to help you familiarize yourself with the sometimes-daunting new landscape of publishing. 49 Writers members LYNN LOVEGREEN and LARRY WEISS also offer classes in which you will benefit from their personal expertise and experience of navigating the writing life. Click here for instructor bios.

For information about classes in Juneau, click here.

Lessons from a Life of Crime with John Straley

All registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis; we do not hold slots. 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 but if you have to cancel and notify us at least 24 hours in advance, we will provide a tuition voucher in the amount of your registration (valid for one year). When the time comes to redeem your tuition voucher, just click the appropriate registration button (member or non-member) then enter the code in the "gift voucher" field. Click "recalculate" to see the balance due by credit card, if applicable.

At the end of last year, we reviewed our fee structure and instructor rates, which have remained the same for three years, and gave our wonderful faculty (who in 2013 were rated by 97 percent of students as "excellent") a modest increase. The fee structure has been adjusted to accommodate this and to ensure consistency.

For more information, visit About Our Programs or 

49writers(_AT_)gmail.com
 via email. If you have a physical disability and wish to participate in a class scheduled at 645 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, please immediately so we can relocate the workshop to an integrated setting that is ADA-accessible.

 

DIGITAL TOOLS FOR THE CREATIVE WRITER with Larry Weiss
This class is now full: email 49writers@gmail.com to go on waitlist in case of cancellation
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
645 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage

Genre: All
Age: 16 and up
Level: Beginning to intermediate

$45 members/$50 non-members

In this class we’ll review and discuss the wide variety of electronic hardware, software, and resources available to you as a creative writer, focusing on free or low-cost solutions. Topics covered include digital writing options, mind-mapping, e-notebooks, speech-to-text magic, backing up your work, internet privacy, project management for writers, and much more. You will also find potential resources for trouble-shooting and advice in our fellow participants.
 

THE PRESSURE IS OFF: INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING OPTIONS FOR WRITERS with Dana Stabenow and Deb Vanasse
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30–8:30 pm; Saturday, May 17, 9:30 am–12:00 pm & 1:00–3:30 pm
Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center

Genre: All
Age: 16 and up
Level: All

We are pleased to partner with the Alaska Writers Guild to make this class available to their members at the 49 Writers member rate.

$105 members: 49 Writers

 

$105 members: Alaska Writers Guild

 

$120 non-members

 

With the advent of digital publishing and print on demand, the pressure is now off writers to be traditionally published and to strive for bestseller/blockbuster status. These days, you can make a good living--maybe even a better living--as a writer who publishes independently. This series opens with an informal discussion on today's publishing options led by bestselling author Dana Stabenow. In a full-day follow-up session, author Deb Vanasse, founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, will discuss resources and strategies for publishing independently, including assessment of your goals and expectations; project readiness; digital and print production, distribution, and marketing; budgeting time and money; balancing art and business; and sustaining momentum. You'll leave knowing whether independent publishing is right for your book, and with the fundamentals to make it happen.


COMPLETED CLASSES

HOW TO WRITE A POEM: MAKE A LIST with Camille Dungy
Wednesday, February 5, 6:00–9:00 pm
Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center

$45 members/$50 non-members

“A poem begins as a list of things one might otherwise have forgotten; it ends as origami,” the poet Finuala Dowling once said. In this class we’ll look at several inventory poems and discover some of the exciting ways making lists will open new and interesting possibilities for your poems. You’ll come away with fresh ideas for ways to start new poems and revise old ones.

LESSONS FROM A LIFE OF CRIME with John Straley
Thursday, February 6, 1:00–4:00 pm
645 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage

$45 members/$50 non-members

John Straley has been a writer and a criminal defense investigator in Alaska for thirty years. In this workshop, he will talk about the practical talents it takes to do both kinds of work and how he has disciplined his life to be able to complete long projects under deadline. You'll also learn about the talents he's observed in great detectives and private investigators, the minimum amounts of forensic science a street investigator needs to know to gather evidence, the voices he's heard and how to use these voices in a story.

JOURNEY OF A NOVEL: GETTING FROM UNPUBLISHED TO PUBLISHED with Lynn Lovegreen
Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
645 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage

$25 members/$30 non-members

Lynn Lovegreen’s first novel was released in December 2013, and her unpublished friends always ask her how it happened. This class provides a structured way to answer that question for other unpublished writers. She’ll tell the story of her journey and suggest ways writers can find time to write, set writing and career goals, and look for opportunities to become published. Participants will leave with a list of goals and ideas tailored to their individual journeys.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BUGGY: WRITING THE COMPLEXITIES OF PLACE, Christine Byl 
Tuesday, February 11, 6:00 –8:30 pm
Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, Talkeetna
$10 registration fee

Many writers in Alaska say their work emerges from a sense of place. We'll discuss what this means across different genres. How is place similar to or different from setting? What does a sense of place have to do with voice? How can we see our places as entries into new territory, while avoiding clichés? Come ready to listen, discuss and try a writing exercise designed to locate something you want to say.

LYRIC TINKERING: THE POEM AS A TOOL FOR PROSE WRITERS with Christine Byl
Saturday, February 15, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
645 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage
$60 members/ $70 non-members

While working on a story or essay, who hasn’t occasionally felt stuck, in need of a new lens, a shift in stance? For prose writers, writing poems can provide a fresh entry into work in progress, and sometimes an entirely new project. In this class, we’ll explore the poem not as a final product but as a process and a tool, one that can sharpen, hone, and incite prose work. Together we will get a handle on some basic qualities of poetry—syntax, line break, stanza, imagery—that also undergird good prose. And, we’ll tinker with several forms—found poem, haibun, epistolary poem, cento, dramatic monologue—and learn how to integrate the writing of poems into a prose-making practice. Intended for writers of fiction and non-fiction, and poets interested in writing prose.

FLASH FICTION IN A FLASH with Katey Schultz
Saturday, March 8, 9:00 am–4:00 pm (6 hours)
645 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage
$90 members/$105 non-members

Learn the defining characteristics of flash fiction, a delightful short form for stories ranging from 250-750 words. Read and discuss compelling examples in class, learn several basic structures and tricks to employ in stories of your own, and participate in a handful of prompts. Flash fiction is energetic, delightful, powerful, and engaging. This course will especially interest writers who want to strengthen their scene or metaphor writing skills, as well as educators looking for effective ways to introduce creative writing into their classrooms.

SUBMITTING YOUR BOOK: THE FIRST 20 PAGES with Brendan Jones (class cancelled)
Friday, March 14, 6:00–9:00 pm; Saturday, March 15, 10:00 am–4:00 pm; Sunday, March 16, 11:00am–4:00 pm
645 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage
$170 members/$195 non-members

This weekend intensive is designed for writers preparing to share their work with the wider world, whether you plan to submit for publication or publish independently. The course will cover both craft and the submission process. Together we'll spend time examining and polishing the writing - first sentence, first paragraph, first twenty pages - and also exploring the art of the submission.

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