Friday, February 22, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our first Crosscurrents event of 2013, an on-stage conversation between Alaska Writer Laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Diane Benson. We were honored to have the opportunity to spend the evening in their company, to enjoy Nora’s wit and wisdom, and to hear her spirited reading of  one of her Raven plays and her poem, “How to Make Good Baked Salmon.” The Anchorage Library Foundation sponsored Nora’s travel to Anchorage and Loussac Library staff worked behind the scenes to ensure all went smoothly. Thanks too to the Alaska Writers Guild for including the event in their monthly program.
The spring season at 49 Writers is in full swing with students enjoying the first sessions this week in the workshop series being taught by Lorena Knapp (Building a Platform as a Writer) and Kathleen Tarr (Spiritual Writing: An Introduction). A big thanks to Rich Chiappone for traveling up to Anchorage from Homer last Saturday to inspire us with ways to incorporate humor into our writing.

This week, our Write Young Alaska instructor Cheryl Lovegreen led a writing workshop on journaling with the Bethel WYAK chapter via Alaska OWL in the debut session of the equipment at the Loussac Library and the Bethel Consortium Library. An enthusiastic group of 10 students, ages 12-17, participated. Thanks to Kyle Marvin in Bethel for coordinating and to the Alaska State Council on the Arts for helping to fund this program.

Here’s a reminder of upcoming 49 Writers classes and events – details at
  • Sunday, February 24, 1-3pm, Alaska Poets in Winter, a discussion on the 49 Writers blog with poets John Morgan and Emily Wall, moderated by Sandra Kleven.
  • Monday, January 4, 7pm, Great Harvest Bread Company: Reading & Craft Talk featuring poet Anne Coray, who will discuss "The Poem Within."
  • Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-9pm: Revision Intensive, a six-week series with Andromeda Romano-Lax – one slot left!
  • Friday, March 22, 7pm, Great Harvest Bread: AQR and 49 Writers present a Reading & Craft Talk featuring Eva Saulitis.
  • Saturday, March 23, 9-4: Prose/Poem, a workshop with Eva Saulitis.
  • Saturday, March 23, 10am-1pm: Characters: Real & Imagined, a workshop with Amy O'Neill Houck at Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.
Call for Volunteers: Our current needs on the communications team include a newsletter editor, blog interviewers, and photographers and audio technicians for our community events. If you have the necessary skills, experience, and interest, we’d love to hear from you! We are also putting this year’s Write-a-thon team together, so if you enjoy organizing events and are available to plan something for April 12, be sure to get in touch – this team will be meeting very soon. I’d like to thank Michelle Saport for taking on the role of Write-a-thon Coordinator again, and Mary Kudenov for agreeing to be our 2013 Alaska Book Week Coordinator.
Arctic Entries is looking for stories for their next show on March 12. The theme is "Do It Yourself: Stories of Homemade Concoctions, Solo Journeys, and Taking Matters into Your Own Hands."

If you’re in Homer, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a weekend workshop with Debra Gwartney, “The Art of Scene Writing in Personal Narrative,” May 3-5, Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 9.30-4.30, Sunday 9.30-1. Fee: $185. Enrollment is limited to twelve so register early at or stop by Kachemak Bay Campus, off Pioneer. The workshop is listed as CED AO49, R30 and CRN #40646. Call 235-1651 for registration questions. Participants should bring a four-page scene, with twelve copies.
On Monday, February 25, 5-7pm, the UAA Campus Bookstore presents James P. Sweeney with his new book, Alaska Expedition: Marine Life Solidarity, featuring Mt. Johnson and avalanche survival. Free and open to all, with free parking.

There will be another discussion of The Things They Carried at Homer Public Library, 6-8pm, Tuesday February 26. It will be different than the previous discussion, so worth attending even if you came to the first one

And then don’t forget the climactic Capstone address by Tim O’Brien himself, next Friday March 1, 7.30pm at the Mariner Theater Homer.

Next Thursday, February 28, 7pm, Fairbanks’ Midnight Sun Visiting Writer Series presents Pam Houston. Wood Center Ballroom, UAF.

Arctic Light Elementary is holding a spring Book Fair at Barnes & Noble in Fairbanks on April 13, 10am-11pm. They welcome all authors and illustrators with books carried by the bookstore and who will be in Fairbanks on that day. All are invited to schedule a signing time during the event. If you are interested, please contact the Arctic Light PTA ASAP at

Save the date: The 2013 North Words Writers Symposium takes place in Skagway, May 29-June 1. Oregon writer laureate Kathleen Dean Moore is the keynote author/speaker, and also new to the faculty this year is Howard Weaver, Pulitizer Prize winning former editor of the Anchorage Daily News and now an author. For those of you interested in making the jump from journalism to writing non-fiction or fiction, this is the year for you! Other faculty members include John Straley, Kim Heacox, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Lynn Schooler, Dave Hunsaker, and Heather Lende. Faculty will serve on panels to discuss topics like overcoming writer's block, the path to publication, assessing reader needs, and writing personal essays, screenplays, and fiction.

Katey Schultz, who taught for 49 Writers last spring, will be the Artistic Director for the Creative Writing Workshop at Interlochen College in Michigan this summer, June 17-20. See their website for details and to register. Schultz will also be teaching a Memoir-Writing Workshop at Interlochen August 5-9. Full details here.

1 comment:

Sandra Kleven said...

If you are looking for the live web-chat "Poets in Winter." Please find Vivian Prescott's post "Bright Light in Winter" and post in the comments section. Thanks!