49 Writers in Southeast Alaska

Almost a quarter of our members live in Southeast Alaska, and can be found in Auke Bay, Douglas, Gustavus, Haines, Metlakatla, and Sitka. Our Juneau membership has grown five-fold over the last year, thanks to strong interest from writers in the community. Many of those new members attended our 2014 Resolve to Write gathering, at which we shared our writing aspirations and goals for the coming year. That meeting led to the formation of our regular Juneau writers group, where members meet to share their progress and read from their work.

If you would like to help us bring more authors to Juneau, do consider becoming a member. Your contribution makes it possible for 49 Writers grow and extend our mission to Southeast Alaska: supporting the artistic development of writers, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. Benefits of becoming a member—in addition to knowing you're supporting our vision of a vibrant community of Alaskan writers coming together to inspire, create, and share—include a tuition discount on creative writing classes, the opportunity to participate in the new writers group for 49 Writers members, and Invitations to members-only events with visiting writers.

Click here for more information about the various options available and to join.

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Writers Group

The writers group for members of 49 Writers meets every other month on the first Thursday. Next meeting is June 4.  Email 49writers (at) gmail (dot) com for details.

Author Events

August 6, 7-9 pm: Monthly meet-up of Juneau members; watch your email for details!


Coming in Fall 

49 Writers and Alaska Quarterly Review Present
A program of literary events in Haines and Juneau
featuring award-winning author Melinda Moustakis
September 18-26, 2015
Haines, September 18–21: Hosted by Haines Borough Public Library
  • Friday, September 18: Readings and music featuring Melinda Moustakis and local writers 
  • Saturday, September 19: Creative writing workshop with Melinda Moustakis
  • Sunday, September 20: Virtual book club—discussion via Alaska OWL of Bear Down Bear North with Melinda Moustakis
Juneau, September 23–26: Hosted by University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Public Libraries, and KTOO
  • Tuesday, September 22: Visit by Melinda Moustakis to UAS creative writing class
  • Wednesday, September 23: Readings and music featuring Melinda Moustakis and local writers and musicians (KTOO)
  • Thursday, September 24: Author panel discussion (Valley Library) featuring Melinda Moustakis, Brendan Jones, Dave Hunsaker and others.
  • Friday and Saturday, September 25-26: Creative writing workshop with Melinda Moustakis at UAS (3 hours on Friday and 3 hour on Saturday)
Workshops and book discussion will be open to other Southeast Alaska communities via the OWL video-conferencing system. Other events will be recorded for podcast and/or broadcast. Details TBA.

Creative Writing Classes

Registration: 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.

Refund Policy: We do not issue refunds if you cancel. However, 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.

Attendance Methods: 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 future grant funding, we hope to offer the occasional class at your local library via Alaska OWL.

Fall 2015 Class Schedule will be announced in August.