Friday, February 8, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Debby Dahl Edwardson and Alan Heathcock engage in a conversation about Writing on the Edge

Our first Crosscurrents literary weekend in Barrow was a great success all round. Featured author Alan Heathcock, who gave readings in Homer and Fairbanks prior to heading for the Arctic, could not have been more enthusiastic about his visit to the Top of the World. We were fortunate to enjoy the wisdom and warmth of a writer and teacher of his caliber. Barrow writers and lovers of literature made a strong showing at Alan’s writing workshop, the Crosscurrents event with local author Debby Dahl Edwardson, and a reading and craft talk on Why I Write, Why We Write. All this was made possible by collaborations with Daryl Farmer at the UAF English Department, who brought the author to Alaska for the Midnight Sun Visiting Writer Series, and with David Ongley and Erin Hollingsworth of Tuzzy Consortium Library, who hosted the events. We are most grateful to the Alaska Humanities Forum for helping to fund this series, to the Friends of the Library for their sponsorship, and to local photographer Mary Virginia Stroud for capturing such great images. Next stop: Kodiak with Eva Saulitis!

We hate to make you choose between two great workshops (still time to register for Christine Byl’s class on Saturday, February 9, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Writing Fiction and Non), but our scheduling collided with Anchorage Reads and we’re honored to have this opportunity to partner with the Anchorage Public Library. This year’s featured book is Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child – you’re no doubt aware of the various events happening built around the celebration, including a Reading/Q&A session with the author on Saturday, February 16, 1-3:00 pm at the Wilda Marston Theatre.

Tomorrow, Saturday, February 9, 10:00 am to Noon, we are offering a free workshop at the Loussac Library (First Floor Conference Room) with Douglass Bourne on “Writing Your Place.” Place is more than a physical space: some of the most dynamic literature comes from the intersection of ideas and the physical world. Attend this session to find inspiration for new writing projects or to see your current work in a new way. Then on Saturday, February 9, 1-3:00 pm (note time change), 49 Writers has organized an Alaska Authors Panel at the Loussac Library (Wilda Marston Theatre), at which Eowyn Ivey, Seth Kantner, Don Rearden, and Sherry Simpson will discuss how they ground their writing in a particular place. (Our thanks to Lila Vogt and the Copper Whale Inn for sponsoring Seth Kantner’s travel and accommodation.)

Coming up on Monday, February 11, 7-8:30 pm, a Reading & Craft Talk with Cinthia Ritchie at Great Harvest Bread Company, entitled “How to Find the Time to Finish Your Book.” Be sure to get your hands on a copy of her newly released debut novel, Dolls Behaving Badly -- and if you can’t come on Monday night she will be making other appearances in Anchorage earlier in the day.

Alaska Poets in Winter, a blog-based discussion, returns for its third year on Sunday, February 24, 1-3 pm. Moderated by Sandra Kleven (thank you, Sandy), this year’s discussion will feature Fairbanks poet John Morgan and Juneau poet Emily Wall. Look for more details in an upcoming blog post.
                    
Other 49 Writers events and classes this month:
·    Saturday, February 16, 9:00am-4pm: “Bring in the Clowns: the Uses of Humor in Writing,” a workshop with Richard Chiappone
·    Monday, February 19, 6:30-8:30pm: Building a Platform as a Writer, a series of workshops with Lorena Knapp
·    Tuesday, February 19, 7:00pm: An Evening with New State Writer Laureate, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, at Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library. (In partnership with Anchorage Public Library and Alaska Writers Guild)
·    Tuesday, February 19, 6-9pm: Spiritual Writing: An Introduction, a series of classes with Kathleen Tarr

A reminder of Cinthia Ritchie’s tour of readings for the release of her novel, Dolls Behaving Badly. Cinthia will be at Barnes and Noble, 200 E. Northern Lights, Anchorage, tonight, Friday February 8, 7pmTomorrow, Saturday February 9, 11.30-1.30pm, she will be at Fireside Books, Palmer. And, as mentioned above, she will be at Great Harvest on Monday, February 11, 7pm for a 49 Writers Craft Talk. Dolls are welcome! Bring a pink Barbie convertible and you might win a prize!  Copies of the book will be available and Cinthia will be glad to sign them for you.

At the UAA Campus Bookstore on February 13, 5:30 pmGEM Thomas will be talking about The Journey of Writing the Strong Road Series. Are you a gamer? Do you love film? Do you love music? Do you know html 5? Want to meet other creative people? Join GEM to hear more about how storytelling is done in the 21st century.

On Sunday, February 17, 4-6:00pm, the Baranov Museum in Kodiak is hosting a Writers Roundtable with local authors Sara Loewen and Sue Jeffrey, who will discuss their research processes and give readings, followed by an in-depth question-and-answer session moderated by Anjuli Granthan, Curator of Collections.

This month's Poetry Parley takes place at Out North on February 20, 7:00pm (always 3rd Wednesday, always 7:00 pm) and highlights the work of Sharon Olds. Featured local poet is Emily Kurn, who is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at UAA. Emily is also a talented musician and participated in last summer's Synergies event with poet Dan Beachy-Quick. Admission free. For up to date news, follow Poetry Parley on Facebook.

Submissions to the AWP Award Series in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and the novel are now being accepted through Thursday, February 28 via Submittable. Please consult the guidelines for complete contest information.

The NEA is offering a free webinar to explain the Arts education grants opportunities on Tuesday February 12, 9am AK time, For more information about the grants themselves, visit this page of their website  http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Artsed.html. There are two deadlines for these grants: March 7 and August 8. The Arts Education grant guidelines: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/GAP14/ArtsEdAW.html Click here to access the webinar.  

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