Friday, December 14, 2012

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

It’s our pleasure to announce the Spring 2013 class schedule at 49 Writers, which we hope includes something of interest to everyone. This season our faculty includes popular writers from points north and south, whose experience as authors and educators brings breadth and depth to the lineup. The common theme that has emerged is our desire to understand the boundaries between genres: Christine Byl (Healy), who will be a featured 2013 blogger, explores how story chooses its form in Writing Fiction and Non; Rich Chiappone (Anchor Point) will get us thinking about the uses of humor in writing of all genres in Bring in the Clowns; and Eva Saulitis (Homer) will address the boundaries between poetry and creative nonfiction in Prose/Poem. 

Kathleen Tarr, one of our 2012 Best of the Blog finalists, will delve into Spiritual Writing in a two-week, 12-hour workshop. Lorena Knapp, after the success of her half-day workshop in fall 2012, continues Building a Platform as Writer as a four-session series that investigates the topic more closely and includes individual mentoring time. And, in response to your requests, Andromeda Romano-Lax will lead a six-week Revision Intensive for writers who want to workshop one piece of work in a small group (registration limited to six). Andromeda is also offering two Elements classes: Anatomy of the Sentence and Anatomy of the Scene.

Building on the popularity of Amy O’Neill Houck’s fall class in Juneau, she will be teaching two beginning workshops in spring 2013─ Characters: Real and Imagined and What Next? Taking Story Starts and Rough Drafts through Development and Revision. In Palmer, during National Poetry Month, Julie LeMay will offer a Sunday workshop at Fireside Books─Poetry: The Mysterious and the Obscure.

And that’s not all! Want to work one-on-one with a published author? If you write science fiction or nonfiction and are ready for some individual mentoring, consider our Science Fiction Apprenticeship with Fairbanks author David Marusek or our Nonfiction Apprenticeship with Virginia-based Leslie Hsu Oh. Registration for all classes opens on January 1 and you can preview the details here.

But 2012 isn’t over yet – remember to vote in our Best of the Blog poll! Deadline is December 19.

It’s become a 49 Writers tradition to welcome the new year with Resolve to Write gatherings, at which our members and others in the literary community assemble to socialize and to share their writing aspirations for the coming months. In Anchorage, we have an event planned for Friday, January 11 – more details to follow soon. If you live in another community and would like to plan your own event, just email us and we’ll connect you with other members in your area.

Entries for the AWP Award Series in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and the novel will be accepted from January 1 through February 28, 2013. The Award Series now accepts only online submissions through Submittable. Consult their guidelines as you prepare your manuscript. 

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student planning to attend the AWP conference? Sign up to volunteer and have your registration fee waived. 

David Marusek is teaching an eBook Publishing Workshop at UAF during their WINTERmester This non-credit class, CRN 39909, takes place on January 7, 9 & 11. 6:00–8:00pm. Registration fee $100. To register, go to

Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a 12-week nature and travel writing class beginning January 16, in the Sierra Club office downtown. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240. To sign up for this Wednesday night class (7 to 9:30 p.m.), or for more information, contact Sherwonit at 245-0283 or information about the teacher is also available at

The 2013 Poetry Out Loud competition is gearing up. Here are some deadlines: Poetry Out Loud Video Adjudication postmark deadline - January 18th; Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition Deadline - February 8th (Click here for POL information).

Registration for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference is open! This year’s keynote speaker is Naomi Shihab Nye, and a great faculty of writers--including our own Deb Vanasse--and editors and agents, from Alaska and beyond, will teach workshops and give craft talks and readings. See the Conference website for full details, faculty bios, and registration information.

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