Friday, June 1, 2012

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

Today is the day! If you’ve been meaning to submit a fall workshop proposal, the deadline of June 1 has arrived. We know there are many potential instructors out there, in addition to the writers who have taught high quality workshops for us in past literary seasons (who we hope will considering submitting again). If you are new to teaching you will not find a more supportive environment in which to impart your knowledge of the writing process to others. We offer a flexible schedule, including workshops of various lengths, as well as the freedom to share your passion for a particular topic. Click here for information on how to submit your proposal.

Although our Tutka Bay Writers Retreat with Pam Houston, September 7-9, is now full, you can still add your name to a waitlist as plans can change unexpectedly and cancellations do happen. If you missed this opportunity, just email to get on the list.

We are excited to announce that our first WYAK anthology will go to the printer soon. This online and print publication will feature the best submissions from young writers to Alaska Out Loud, the WYAK teen ‘zine, as well as the winners of our three spring writing contests – Flash Fiction, Love/Anti-Love Haiku, and Hunted. Copies will be available for purchase for $6 on the WYAK and 49 Writers websites. The contributors have been invited to participate in a reading to celebrate the publication, which takes place on June 20, 6:30-8:00pm at Great Harvest Bread Company in the Metro Mall.

Classes and events typically slow down at 49 Writers for the summer, when Alaskans are busy recreating in the great outdoors or traveling out of state. We are in the process of scheduling one workshop in July, however. Erin Wahl, who is completing her MA in Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, will be teaching a class for us on the afternoons of Friday, July 20 and July 27 called “Inspiration and Innovation through Primary Resources” (final details to follow). This will include visits to the archive collections at the Anchorage Museum and the UAA/APU Consortium Library, where their helpful staff will reveal the wealth of resources that await the curious writer. If this topic interests you, be sure to pencil in the dates. Erin will return to Tucson from Alaska after the summer, so there is a narrow window of opportunity to offer her course.

We are sad to report that Ela Harrison Gordon has stepped back from compiling the weekly roundup for a while, and miss her already! If you are interested in helping out, do let us know by emailing Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out the Alaska Literary Events Calendar at

Claire Rudolph Murphy, whose interview with Deb Vanasse was posted earlier on this blog, and Carolyn Kremers will be giving a reading and signing books on June 6, 6-8pm, at Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks. June 4-8, Claire and Carolyn will also be teaching a class entitled “Teacher as Writer: Use Your Words,” a three-credit course co-sponsored by the Alaska State Writing Consortium and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To register, contact Annie Brenner Armstrong at (907) 474-6670 or

Although the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference in Homer is fully registered, there is still the opportunity to attend public readings by the keynote speaker and faculty. Barry Lopez will give a reading on Friday, June 8, 8:00-9:30pm at the Mariner Theater, and various faculty members will read on Sunday, June 10, 7:30-9:30pm at Alice’s Champagne Palace. These include Elizabeth Dodd, Camille Dungy, Daryl Farmer, Dan O’Neill, Ann Pancake, Eva Saulitis, and Peggy Shumaker. I hope to see many of you at the conference next week, do stop and say hello.

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