Friday, April 5, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Tonight’s main event: First Friday, April 5, 7:00pm, Crosscurrents with visiting writer Nancy Zafris and Fairbanks author Frank Soos at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (7th Avenue entrance), who will discuss The Short Story: Alive and Well? Check out Nancy’s blog post earlier this week about Stories That Matter. There is still one slot left for Nancy’s class this weekend, Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, on Short Story Structure and Brainstorming (register here).

Write-a-thon countdown: one week to go! With $4,527 raised by 30 participants with 120 supporters, we are surging towards our fundraising goal of $8,000. If you haven’t yet registered it’s easy to do so: just go to our FirstGiving webpage and click Join Now. We are asking participants to set a personal goal of raising $100; even if you can’t join us you can support another writer! You will find more information about the event and how it supports writers around the state at our website.

Here's a reminder of other 49 Writers classes and events in April - details at
  • Sunday, April 7, 2-4pm: Poetry workshop in Palmer with Julie LeMay
  • Saturday, April 20 & 27, 10am-1pm: What's Next? Juneau workshop with Amy O'Neill Houck
  • Saturday, April 27, 9am-Noon: Anatomy of the Sentence with Andromeda Romano-Lax - one slot left!
  • Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm: Anatomy of the Scene with Andromeda Romano-Lax - one slot left!
49 Writers and the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) are partnering again to offer two new workshops: a Virtual Critique on May 11 (manuscripts due April 14) and Revision: Becoming Your  Own Editor on July 8. Visit our website for more information and to register.

Monday, April 15, 5-7pm, UAA Bookstore: Vaughn Sherman presents Sea Travels: Memoirs of a 20th Century Master Mariner, the story told  to him of J. Holger Christensen, a mariner and ship captain who sailed the ocean seas and  the “unforgiving waters of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.”   Vaughn Sherman was a fisheries biologist, has worked for the CIA and  is the author of 3 books. His  presentation includes a slide show with fascinating historical photos for everyone to see. 

Tuesday, April 16, 5-7pm, UAA Bookstore: Dr. Nancy Sydnam presents Sideways Rain, her memoir or 20 years of travel in the Aleutian and Pribilof Island. In journal entries, letters and poems, this dedicated medical practitioner writes with deep affection about the landscape and the people she encountered on her hazardous routes.

On Stage Live with Dan Bigley and Kris Farmen, Wednesday, April 17, 7:30-9:30 pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Z.J. Loussac Library. Author and bear attack survivor Dan Bigley joins author/journalist Kris Farmen on stage for a conversation about their unique stories and writing process. Don Rearden will be MC for the evening. Book signing and light refreshments to follow. Free and open to public. A portion of all book sales will be donated to 49 Alaska Writing Center – thank you!!

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm, the Anchorage Museum is presenting a talk and book signing by Dan Bigley and co-author of Beyond the Bear, Debra McKinney.

Thursday, April 18, 5-7pm, UAA Bookstore: Creative Writing & Literary Arts Undergraduate Readings II. UAA students share their creative work and showcase various literary genres. Faculty are on hand to introduce their students

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our last Write Young Alaska contest, "My Alaska," whose entries you can read here. Middle School 1st place: Stikine-My Home by Kayla Hay; 2nd place: Forget Me Not by Sarah Chen and High School 1st place: Old Man o' the Mountain by Trevor Woodhouse; 2nd place: The North by Paige Street.
Our third and final contest of the school year asks for poetry submissions, in honor of National Poetry Month. Click here for more information and to submit. Deadline April 19.

Marybeth Holleman (The Heart of the Sound) has a new blog, Art and Nature – check it out! Her vision for the blog is a confluence of artists – writers, painters, musicians, sculptors, dancers, poets, quilters – whose themes, inspirations, concerns, and deep bedrock sources and grounding come from the natural world. Thoughtful writing and beautiful photographs.

49 Writers member and volunteer Lucian Childs has been wait-listed for a writing residency at Yaddo artist colony. His short story, "Letters to His Wife on the Subject of Her Enlightenment," was a finalist in Glimmer Train's April 2013 Very Short Fiction competition. If you’ve had any publishing success, do let us know – we’re more than happy to share the good news.

April 9, 7:30pm, UAA/APU Consortium Library 307 – Don’t miss the 2013 Alaska Literary Series/Boreal Books Anchorage Launch that includes readings by Mei Mei Evans, Erin Hollowell, Carolyn Kremers, Sara Loewen, and Peggy Shumaker.

April 10, 6pm, Dimond Starbucks, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) meeting: Anchorage area children's book writers are invited to bring up to three pages of a manuscript for a free critique to, where local author Deb Vanasse will be providing free critiques. Even if you don't bring a manuscript, it's a great chance to listen and learn!

Saturday, April 27, 8am-2pm, at Clark Middle School, the Alaska Writers Guild will hold a free Young Writers Conference for Grades 6-12. Sponsored in partnership with the Anchorage School District, the conference is for middle and high school students who are interested in improving their writing and becoming a published author. Register here.

Readers are still needed for Poetry Parley, Wednesday April 17, 7pm, for the works of Sandra Cisneros. Please contact asap if you are willing and able to read.

Christine Byl’s new book Dirt Work will be released on Tuesday April 16. On that very day, 7pm, she will be kicking off the Tri-Valley Community Library’s National Library week in Healey with a reading and book signing. Stay tuned for more of her tour as the dates draw nearer.

Congratulations to Martha Amore, whose “Geology” is the winner of this year’s Nicole Blizzard Short Story Contest from Radical Arts for Women. The story will be published at

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