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. This year the board of directors added three new members from JuneauJoan Pardes, Katrina Pearson, and Amy O'Neill Houck—who bring new energy and a broad range of expertise to the organization.

Clint Farr leads Juneau writers groupAlmost 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 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.Benefits of becoming a memberin addition to knowing you're supporting our vision of a vibrant community of Alaskan writers coming together to inspire, create, and shareinclude 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.

Writers Group

Thursday, February 5, 7-9pm The writers group for members of 49 Writers meets every other month on the first Thursday. Email 49writers
 (at) gmail (dot) com for details.


Creative Writing Classes

If you would like to go on our Juneau/Southeast Alaska mailing list, please email 49writers (at) gmail (dot) com.

We are busy finalizing our spring schedule, with classes planned in Anchorage, Juneau, and Kenai/Soldotna. After the successful pilot of our first online course in fall 2014, we will be offering a menu of online options this coming season.

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.

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 future 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/.


Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3, 6-9pm (6 hours)
Location to be confirmed
$95 member
 $115 non-member

This class will help writers tackle what may seem like the overwhelming task of writing a novel or memoir. Whether you're looking for guidance to help you along in your current drafts or are just beginning to face the challenge, Rachel will provide insight and direction to move you forward in the process. Covering critical questions related to dramatic tension and conflict, character development, dialogue, plotting, setting and scene work, this class promises an enlightening, encouraging experience to aid you in your writing, present or future.

Read more about Rachel Weaver here.

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. Read more about Andromeda Romano-Lax here.

Sunday, February 8–Saturday, March 7
12 hours over 4 weeks
Online, asynchronous

$195 member


 $250 non-member


Point of view is a complex topic even for intermediate and advanced writers, and there are few better ways to deepen and vary one's fiction than by experimenting with the many choices available,including 1st2nd, and 3rd person; degrees of omniscience and unreliability; and braiding of different POVs. In this generative online class, we will sample literary examples, write, and rewrite, deepening our sense of how perspective and distance create windows into character and affect a story's ultimate meaning. Suitable for all levels and ages. Emphasis will be on fiction but open to nonfiction writers and some memoir strategies will be discussed.

Sunday, March 8–Saturday, April 4
9 hours over 4 weeks
Online, asynchronous

$195 member


 $250 non-member


A scene is a story in miniature, with a beginning-middle-end structure and a purpose that must serve the overall fiction or nonfiction work. In this online class, an expanded version of the previous clinic of the same name, we will identify key elements of scene, explore the balance between scene and summary, discuss transitions and pacing, analyze strong dialogue, and learn from strong literary examples as well as workshop our own. Open to all levels and ages and suitable for fiction and nonfiction writers.

Sunday, April 5–Saturday, May 30
18+ hours over 8 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.