Another week of summer just flooded by! Around the corner is fall, when we'll kick off our 49 Writers instruction season with an intensive writing retreat with acclaimed author David Vann Sept. 3-5 at Tutka Bay Lodge. Only a handful of slots remain, so if you plan to attend, register today. And if you or a fellow writer or artist is looking for an affordable, mission-focused this fall or winter, look no farther than our own Raven Place, where rates for writers on retreat begin at just $481 per week (less 10% for 49 Writers members!)
I hope as many of you as possible are enjoying the delightful banquet of nightly readings this week (and next!), offered as part of the UAA MFA program summer residency. Saturday night features a new departure, with a theatrical reading of work by Zack Rogow. On Sunday, we'll be treated to Nancy Lord and Valerie Miner. The grand finales on Monday and Tuesday feature three renowned Alaskan writers apiece: Anne Caston, Rich Chiappone and Sherry Simpson on Monday, and Jo-Ann Mapson, Derick Burleson and David Stevenson on Tuesday. The Anthology Cold Flashes,edited by Michael Engelhard and featuring work by several UAA MFA students, will be on sale after the readings each night.
A new resource for writers keen to keep pace with publishing news has been launched this week: check out PWxyz from Publishers Weekly. It is a new blog dedicated to up-to-the-minute publishing news, news about authors, publishing houses, e-books and e-readers, and analysis of book news from all over the internet. It will be updated throughout each day, and edited by PW's senior editor, Craig Morgan Teicher.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts' Artists In Schools Programs' Teaching Artist roster is open for applications! They have moved to an open application process, reviewed twice-yearly. Applications received by September 1st will be reviewed in September; applications received between September 1st and February 1st will be reviewed in February. See their website for guidelines and application forms.
On Saturday July 31st, 9am-6pm, there will be a workshop titled Exploring the Sacred - Creative Work as Spiritual Practice at Yoga in the Valley, mile 3.5, Palmer Fishhook Rd. Presented by Julie LeMay, Tammy Moser, Penne Chemielewski. This day-long retreat will focus on a 'mindfulness' approach to creative writing, along with yoga, dance and watercolor painting. Cost is $75. See http://www.yogainthevalley.com/ for details.
Here is advance warning for an opportunity to hear our Writer Laureate, Nancy Lord, in residency at Denali National Park August 9-18. On August 18th, she will offer a public program at 7.30pm, held at the Denali Education Center.