49 Writers in Southeast Alaska

As part of our goal to expand 49 Writers programming to other parts of the state, we are working with local partners to develop a 2014 schedule of creative writing classes and author events in Juneau and other communities. The board of directors recently added two new members from Juneau, Joan Pardes and Katrina Pearson, who bring new energy and a broad range of expertise to the organization.

Overall, 20 percent of our members live in Southeast Alaska, and can be found in Auke Bay, Craig, Douglas, Gustavus, Haines, Metlakatla, and Sitka. Our Juneau membership has more than tripled over the last four months, 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. Your contribution makes it possible for to grow and extend our mission to Southeast Alaska: supporting the artistic development of writers, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature.

If you would like to help us bring more authors to Juneau, do consider becoming a member. 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: 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.


Writers Group

Thursday, June 5, 7-9pm The newly formed writers group for members of 49 Writers will meet every other month on the first Thursday. Email 49writersjuneau@gmail.com for details.


Creative Writing Classes

We are pleased to offer the following classes in Juneau this spring. We hope to bring classes and author events to other Southeast communities too in the course of the year.
 

 

AUTOGEOGRAPHY: MAPPING OUR LIVES, Sherry Simpson 

Saturday, September 20, 1-4pm
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Campus

Registration details coming soon!

Sherry Simpson “Knowing who you are is impossible without knowing where you are,” says writer Paul Shepard. What does it mean to live in a particular place? How does where you're from shape who you are? We'll explore these questions and others through storytelling--visual and written--that connects self and place. 

Sherry Simpson is the author of Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska and two collections of essays, The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska  and The Way Winter Comes. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies. She teaches creative writing in the MFA programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at Pacific Lutheran University.

 

COMPLETED CLASSES

FICTION INTENSIVE: FANTASTIC FIRST IMPRESSIONS with Ali McCart 
Monday, March 3, 6-9pm
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council

$45 members/$50 non-members

Whether you're sending out query letters or pitching agents at a conference, first impressions of your fiction matter. It's not just about making sure your commas are in the right places. It's also about the grace of your plot arc, the chemistry between your characters, the uniqueness of your voice, your creativity within the genre, and of course, how you relay all of this in the limited space of a query letter or pitch.

Ali McCart leads this three-hour intensive on making the most of your novel's first impression. We'll cover the tangible elements of industry standards for submitting work as well as the ephemeral elements that make the difference between an agent's request for samples or a template rejection letter. To make the most of our time together, please bring a notebook or laptop to write on as well as your synopsis and first chapter. Rough drafts are okay!

Ali McCart is the founder and executive director of Indigo, an Oregon-based firm of editors, designers, and publication consultants. For the past ten years, she's be reviewing proposals and query letters, judging writing contests, and editing manuscripts for publishers and independent authors across the country. She writes and edits from her home in Metlakatla, Alaska, occasionally taking breaks to hike, photograph, and fish.

COMPLEX & CONFLICTED CHARACTERS: WHAT'S IN YOUR CHARACTER'S POCKET? Don Rearden 

Saturday, March 15, 1-4pm
University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library, 11120 Glacier Highway, Juneau
$45 members/$50 non-members

Registration free for full-time UAS students

Learn how to take your characters to the next level. In this workshop you'll be guided through a series of writing prompts that will help you understand and see your characters in a new light. Learn how to craft complex and conflicted characters and watch them come to life in your stories.

Don Rearden is the author of The Raven's Gift and a produced screenwriter. His films have aired on Showtime, TMC, and the Sci-FiNetworkRearden lives in the mountain community of Bear Valley, Alaska, and teaches as an Assistant Professor of Developmental Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he shows young writers how to develop their creative voices. Much of his writing and thought is influenced from learning experiences in the Alaskan wilderness, as well as from the teachings and writings of his mentor and friend, Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and The Story of B.
 

EVERY DAY A VICTORY: HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE TO WRITE THAT BOOK YOU'VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT, John Straley 
Saturday, April 26, 1-4pm
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
$45 for members/$50 for non-members

In this three-hour workshop, Alaskan author John Straley (Cold Storage, Alaska) will talk about the different types of discipline you need and when you need them in the process of writing, from staring out the window to the final proof reading and marketing. 

John Straley is a poet, novelist, and private investigator. He is the author of the Cecil Younger series of mystery novels and The Rising and the Rain, a book of poetry published by the University of Alaska Press. He was Alaska's Writer Laureate between 2006 and 2008. He lives in a bright green house near Old Sitka Rocks, with his wife Jan.
 

WRITING IN 360º, Don Rearden
Thursday, May 15, 6-9pm
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
$45 for members/$50 for non-members

No one lives in a setting, and life doesn't happen in a setting. Learn how to advance your fiction and non-fiction to the next level by giving your writing a 360º 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.
 

PERSPECTIVES & VIEWPOINTS: EXPLORING POINTS OF VIEW, Deb Vanasse 
Monday, June 2, 6-9pm
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
$45 for members/$50 for non-members

In this class, we'll review the basics and terms, from first-person to third-person, objective, subjective, and omniscient, looking closely at what introductory approaches leave out: subtleties of psychic distance, transitioning between points of view, and how point of view creates character. 


 

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