Friday, September 9, 2011

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

A wonderful time was had by all at our second annual Tutka Bay Writers Retreat featuring author Dani Shapiro. The gracious hospitality of 49 Writers Board member Kirsten Dixon and her husband Carl as well as their Tutka Bay staff makes for a stellar experience. A special thanks also to workshop leaders Andromeda Romano-Lax and Louise Freeman-Toole. Instruction, inspiration, interaction: we got it all, plus a blustery send-off!
Speaking of instruction, our fall 49 Writers courses begin in less than four weeks. Visit our website and register soon. This month we’re also recruiting instructors for our WYAK Write Young Alaska effort. If you’re a writer who’d like to help kids get excited about writing, we want to hear from you by Oct. 1.
The countdown is on for Alaska Book Week Oct. 8-15. Tell us how you plan to celebrate and order for free posters and bookmarks, while supplies last. The clock is ticking even faster for our WYAK Zombies Invade Alaska contest. Entries are due today, Sept. 9.

At 3.45pm today, Friday September 9, the 2011 Alaska Writers Conference gets underway. Enjoy daily sessions with nationally known authors, agents, editors, and publishers. Coast International Inn, Anchorage. For more information, visit

Poet Elizabeth Thompson and songstress Emily Kathryn Barrie are teaming up tonight, 7-9pm, for an evening of music and poetry at Jitters coffeehouse, 11401 Old Glenn Highway, Eagle River.

Also tonight, at 7pm, The University of Alaska Fairbanks English Department presents travel writer Lawrence Millman as part of the 2011-2012 Midnight Sun Visiting Writer Series. Wood Center Ballroom, UAF.

On Monday September 12 at 12.30pm, the UAA Campus Bookstore presents Barbara Mee, longtime Anchorage office manager for Ted Stevens, to talk about and sign copies of her book Senator Ted and Mee. Free and open to all (free parking also). For more details, see the website or call (907) 786 4782.

The submissions deadline for the fifth issue of Cirque Journal is coming up at solstice, September 21.

The Homer Writer's Refuge retreat is coming up on September 23-25, starting 3pm. It will take place at the Peterson Bay Field Station, across Kachemak Bay from Homer. Open to writers of all levels, to plumb their creativity in a setting where the natural world offers inspiration through its own continual genesis. Maximum 12 participants. The $275 fee includes transportation across the bay, meals and yurt accommodations as well as the writing workshops and natural history instruction and exploration. Facilitators are Miranda Weiss, Cecilia Worth and Beth Trowbridge 

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment will be holding its 2012 Symposium at University of Alaska Southeast, June 14-17. The theme is Environment, Culture and Place in a Rapidly Changing North. Proposals for papers and panels are being solicited. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, paper title, your name and affiliation. Proposals should be sent to Sarah Jaquette Ray and Kevin Maier by November 5, 2011.

If you are a bookstore or library participating in Alaska Book Week coming up soon, the wonderful Heather Lende is happy to schedule a Skype or speakerphone chat with any group participating. Contact her at

Gustavus author Hank Lentfer's book, Faith of Cranes, will be released by Mountaineer Books in early October. Stay tuned for news of his book tour through Alaska in December; meanwhile, you can get a sneak preview of the prologue at his website.

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