Friday, March 22, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

We are excited to offer two special events this weekend featuring Homer author Eva Saulitis, who recently published Into Great Silence, described as “a moving portrait of the interconnectedness of humans with animals and place—and of the responsibility we have to protect them.”

Tonight, Friday, March 22, 7pm, the Alaska Quarterly Review and 49 Writers are co-hosting a Reading & Craft Talk at Great Harvest Bread Company, at which Eva will read from her work in the Fall & Winter 2012 30th Anniversary issue of AQR and other issues. She will also discuss how writers build their skills by studying innovative story structures and practicing poetic forms. Then on Saturday, March 23, 9-4, Eva will teach a writing workshop for us entitled Prose/Poem: Exploring the Boundary between Poetry and Prose. Only two slots left, so if you’re interested sign up now!

Has a story idea been bouncing around in your brain for a while? Would you like to spring clean your collection of story starts that have been gathering dust? Are you ready to dive into your next novel? Do you find inspiration in the company of like-minded writers with a common goal? Why not join us for a night of marathon writing on Friday, April 12, 6:00-11:00pm at Snow City Café, when 49 Writers stages its annual Write-a-thon? While you write for four hours and nine minutes, we will spoil you with fabulous Snow City snacks, urge you on with special prize drawings, and then celebrate your accomplishments at our after-party. And you will be supporting a good cause too by raising money for 49 Writers so we can carry on blogging and offering the workshops and literary events you love. For more information, just click here.

Here’s a reminder of 49 Writers classes and events coming up in the next month– details at 49writingcenter.org:
  • Friday, April 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Anchorage Museum: Crosscurrents with Nancy Zafris and Frank Soos, "The Short Story: Alive and Well?"
  • Saturday, April 6: Weekend workshop with Nancy Zafris, Short Story Structure and Brainstorming
  • Sunday, April 7, 2:00-4:00pm: Poetry workshop in Palmer with Julie LeMay
  • Friday, April 12, 5:00-11:00pm: Write-a-thon fundraiser at Snow City Café
Arctic Entries seeks storytellers for their next show, on Tuesday, April 9. The theme will be: Connections: Making'em, Breakin'em, and Fakin'em. To submit a story, click here. You can also recommend a storyteller.

Remember that F Magazine’s statewide writing competition—F’Air Words—is underway. They are accepting work in all genres and all styles: submit your writing here. Deadline is April 15, 2013.

Congratulations to Cinthia Ritchie, whose creative nonfiction will be featured in the upcoming issue of MARY: A Journal of New Writing.

The winners of the 2013 Fairbanks Arts Association’s Statewide Poetry Competition have been announced, and an awards ceremony and reading will take place Saturday March 30, 7pm, in the Bear Gallery, 3rd floor Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks.

Congratulations to Joan Kane, who has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Creative Vision award for her efforts to raise funds for a trip for up to 20 people to her family’s ancestral home, King Island (Ugiuvak), this summer. In 1959, the Bureau of Indian Affairs relocated King Islanders off the island under the typical practice of the federal government’s assimilation policy. Although King Island had been inhabited for thousands of years, many King Islanders have never been back to the island for more than five decades, or ever. More information is available here. The Creative Vision award means that every contribution to the project will now be matched dollar for dollar through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Joan is extremely grateful for any and all support.

Food, Nature, and the Wild Writer's Mind: For the foodies among you writers, we're pleased to announce a unique opportunity this summer. July 11-15, best selling authors Molly O'Neill and Carolyn Forche will be leading a Food Writers Retreat at Tutka Bay Lodge. Click here for more information. Note: this retreat is not affiliated with 49 Writers.

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