Friday, June 17, 2011

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up



Visiting author Bruce Hale instructs a full class of local writers on the fine points of being funny.

For starters, we want to thank the Loussac Library’s Youth Services department for bringing children’s author Bruce Hale to Anchorage, where he delighted local writers last night with his course “Funny Business: Seven Secrets to Writing Humor.”



Our Tutka Bay Writers Retreat with Dani Shapiro is now full, but there’s still room in our Memoir Weekend with Kim Rich, which begins next Friday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. And we've opened registration for a Screenwriting Roundtable with Dave Hunsaker, one of the most productive screenwriters in the state, on July 11 at 6:30 p.m.



We’re still working out the final details, but it’s looking now like all ten seats in “Your Alaska Online Travel ‘Zine” with East Coast travel writer Jenna Schnuer will be FREE of charge. Send young writers ages 10 and up to our scholarship application to reserve a spot. The application deadline is June 26, and the workshop begins July 18. And don’t forget the other great Raven Words Summer Youth Writing Workshops: Comic Adventures; Jumpstart Your Write Brain; and Raven and Tigers and Bears.



If you’re interested in helping with short and long-range planning for our youth writing programs, join us June 22 at 7 p.m. at 645 W. 3rd Ave. We welcome your energy and ideas.



On Saturday June 18 at 1pm, local author Steven Levi will present and sign copies of his new book, The Clara Nevada: Gold, Green, Murder and Alaska's Inside Passage at Barnes and Noble, 200 E. Northern Lights, Anchorage.



On Monday June 20 at 1pm, the UAA Campus Bookstore is holding a Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference post-conference get-together. Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the conference and hear what made this year's gathering special. All attendees invited. For more information, contact Rachel Epstein 907 786 4782.



Fireside Books in Palmer is looking for 15 local authors to feature at their Local Author Fair on July 9th--the same day as the Midsummer's Garden and Art Fair in downtown Palmer, and foot traffic is expected to be great. Applications accepted through Monday June 20. Contact Christopher at Fireside Books, by email or call 907 745 2665.



The Alaska Writers Guild's monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday June 21st at 7pm, Loussac Library, Anchorage, and will feature Annual Fishing Jamboree with Chris Batan.



First Alaskans editor and 49 Writers member Steve Quinn reports that Shehla Anjum had a wonderful engaging cover story in the First Alaskans magazine for the April/May issue. Look for more fun stories from Shehla in upcoming issues, starting with the August issue. Leslie Oh, 49 Writers interview coordinator, also joins First Alaskans as a regular contributor, starting with the August issue. She'll be assigned a cover story for next year as well.

Steve Quinn received the award for best magazine feature writing from the Alaska Press Club during its annual convention in the spring.

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