Friday, January 18, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

This semester, 49 Writers is offering classes in Anchorage, Juneau, and Palmer. Our thanks go to the Juneau Empire for spreading the word there! Sign up to avoid disappointment; registrations are coming in daily.

If you want to focus in-depth on one piece of work or one aspect of your writing, don’t miss the opportunity to apply for one of our apprenticeships (deadline January 22). Even writers Outside are vying for the opportunity to work with notable author David Marusek through a Science Fiction Apprenticeship! Or, if you’re looking for guidance with a query letter, essay, book proposal, or manuscript, why not apply for our Nonfiction Apprenticeship with Leslie Hsu Oh? Students say that “Ms. Oh has the ability to offer insightful feedback without forcing her opinions about how a student should develop a piece. This gift is a reflection of her philosophy as writer and a writing teacher: the ultimate control of a piece belongs to the author, and the best education occurs when a student is fully engaged in their own process. Her ability to engage her students in critical thinking makes her invaluable as an educator.” Many of her students have published and received awards for pieces workshopped in her class. She has an essay forthcoming in Fourth Genre. Check out her recent articles in First Alaskans Magazine: This Thing That Happens: How to Remove Grief and Giving Outside the Box: Traditions of Giving and Living the Good Life.”

If you’re a member of 49 Writers, in addition to a discount on class registration your benefits include member bulletins: short emails announcing opportunities to submit your work to contests or journals, or other special activities of interest to writers in Alaska. These bulletins are our way of letting you know about these opportunities as soon as we do. If you’re not a member, why not join now? Membership dues provide essential support to the organization, so we can continue doing what we do for the writing community. For those of you enrolled in a full-time educational program, student memberships are available for $20.

We are most grateful to authors Andromeda Romano-Lax and Sherry Simpson for engaging in such a lively discussion at last week’s Resolve to Write event about writer’s block and things that get in the way of our writing. As members shared their hopes for 2013, Andromeda and Sherry provided plenty of ideas for how to overcome obstacles to those goals. Thanks also go to our host, Martha Amore, and event coordinator, Morgan Grey. It was wonderful to see such a strong turnout of our membership and their guests.

Here’s a reminder of upcoming 49 Writers events:
·        Sunday, January 20, 2:00-4:00pm: “Writing Science Creatively,” a panel at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Hotel Captain Cook Endeavor Room
·        Sunday, January 20, 10:00pm: Deadline for entries in the F Magazine 3rd Annual Statewide Youth Art & Writing Competition
·        Wednesday, January 23, 7:00pm: “Story Telling and Science,” a Reading & Craft Talk with Bill Streever at Great Harvest Bread Company
·        Saturday, February 9 at various times: “Writing Your Place” at Anchorage Reads, a writing workshop, reading by Eowyn Ivey, and panel of Alaska authors.

On Monday, February 4, 5:00-7:00pm, the UAA Campus Bookstore will host an event featuring Eowyn Ivey, author of the Snow Child, as part of the Anchorage Reads celebration. Ivey will read from her book and be interviewed by David Stevenson, director of the CWLA/MFA program.

Fairbanks author Sue Ann Bowling’s story “Horse Power” will be available free from the Amazon Kindle Bookstore on January 19 and 20. This story is a sequel, 22 years on, to her novel, Tourist Trap.

The University of Alaska Press is proud to announce the release of three new titles in the Alaska Literary Series, to be released in February 2013. These include Mei Mei Evans’ novel, Oil and Water; a collection of essays from Kodiak writer Sara Loewen, Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands; and poems from Carolyn Kremers, Upriver. Congratulations to all three writers on their publishing success and kudos to University of Alaska Press for highlighting Alaska literary talent.

Poems in Place, a unique collaboration between Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of poets and writers, and residents of Alaska, will place a poem written by an Alaskan writer in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park’s system in the coming years. January 15-March 15, 2013, Poems in Place will be accepting poems, both original work and nominated poems written by Alaskan writers and submitted by appreciative readers, for Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan, and Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks. For more information, contest rules and entry form please visit Poems in Place at the Alaska Center for the Book website.


Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 12th Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays. Deadline March 15, 2013Eight ten-minute plays will be given rehearsed staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 19 & 20, 2013, at FDA’s Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks. Click here for more information or contact Peggy MacDonald Ferguson at (907) 456-PLAY.

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