Friday, October 26, 2012

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

This is your final registration reminder for 49 Writers workshops beginning in the next 10 days: Building an Online Platform as a Writer (Lorena Knapp) on Saturday, October 27; Writing Wrongs (Creative Nonfiction with Jonathan Bower) on Saturday, November 3 and 10; Character: Fiction’s Master Key (Andromeda Romano-Lax) on November 6, 13 & 20); and, in Juneau, Writing in the Rain (Amy O’Neill Houck), November 3, 10 & 17. For more information and to register, click here.

Also, there are just a few more days for young writers to submit their entries to “Ghosts and Legends,” our first WYAK writing contest of the year - deadline is October 31.

The next 49 Writers Reading & Craft Talk takes place on November 14, 7:00 pm at Great Harvest Bread Company. Entitled “The Art of Nonfiction: A Discussion of Writing Biography, History, and Memoir” it will feature local author Kaylene Johnson, who has published in each of these areas. Her talk will address the differences between them and address point of view, inspiration and motivation, and how to find the story within the story.

Women of Words, a weekly writers group, is looking for new members. The group has been active for three years but recently lost several people who moved Outside. They are a small and informal group, and consider supporting one another in writing endeavors as important as doing critiques of each others' work. Most, but not all, members have been published. They are looking for a few intermediate or advanced writers, and possibly one or two beginners. Nonfiction (including memoir), fiction, and poetry welcome. Contact Stephanie at

F Magazine has just announced its 3rd Annual Youth Arts Competition, including a statewide youth writing competition. The winner receives a scholarship and airfare to the 2013 Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp. More details at the F Magazine website. The contest deadline is January 20, 2013.

Can you spare a few hours to volunteer at Loussac Library’s Teen Underground to assist with their writing program? TU VISTA Candace Blas is looking for help with organizing and leading teen workshops for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), November 1-30. If you are interested, please contact her at Thank you!

If you have news to share of publishing success, a book signing, or any other literary activity in your community, feel free to email us at and we’ll help to spread the word.

Tonight, Friday October 26, and tomorrow night, Saturday October 27, if you’re in Homer head down to Islands and Ocean for the Alaskan debut of “Calling All Polar Bears,” a one-woman show featuring Inupiaq interdisciplinary artist, Allison Atkootchook Warden, whose roots are from Kaktovik, Alaska, a village in the heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Calling All Polar Bears” uses rich storytelling with a wide cast of characters, both people and animals, to illuminate the complexity surrounding climate change and the push to extract resources from the Arctic regions. Tickets at Bunnell and the Bookstore; Adults $15, 18 and under $8. All welcome, pay as you can.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, 10-12 noon, Miranda Weiss will be teaching a four-week writing workshop, “Writing Motherhood.” The topic of motherhood will be inspiration and ‘excuse’ for creative writing, focusing mainly on personal essay and nonfiction techniques. R.E.C. Room, 3957 Nielsen Circle, Homer. To register, or for more information, contact or call (907) 299 5550.

The Alaska Quarterly Review First Friday Series will be hosted by Jitters CafĂ© (11401 Old Glenn Hwy, Eagle River, AK) on Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The featured readings are selections from the Fall 2012 Thirtieth Anniversary edition of the Alaska Quarterly Review. Musical Guest will be the UAA 2:30 Jazz Combo.  Sponsored by the Alaska Quarterly Review, the AQR First Friday Series brings together creative voices in visual, performing and literary arts.

Coming up at the UAA Bookstore: on Wednesday, November 8, 5:00-7:00pm, "Our Next Stage: The Alaska Native Playwrights Project" This event is a panel discussion with project founder, Ed Bourgeois, mentor and teacher, Jack Dalton, and playwrights Robin Lovelace, LM Heitman-Bruce and Lucas Rowley. This event is sponsored with Alaska Center for the Book, Diversity Action Council/UAA and the UAA Campus Bookstore  in celebration of Alaska Native American Indian Heritage Month. Click here for a complete calendar of events at the UAA Bookstore

Unique opportunity for playwrights: Blue Roses in NYC would like to present a short reading of plays only by Alaskans: if you have a new short play that hasn’t yet been produced or had a major reading, please send it to by November 15 for consideration in their Infusion series. Plays should be fifteen minutes or less, and not have had a full production (Play Lab readers and Overnighters are acceptable).

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