Friday, May 31, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

We have reached that lull in the year where most work is going on behind the scenes: grant writing and reporting; planning for the fall literary season and for Alaska Book Week in October; preparation for our upcoming program and communications survey.

Remember that we are still looking for proposals for fall classes – deadline June 15. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.

There is also the opportunity to teach this summer for the Summer Arts Camp at Out North being organized by F Magazine. They are looking for an instructor to teach a youth writing workshop (12-18) on Word Building, June 18-21. Click here for the application form and more information. Instructors are also needed for two-hour adult writing workshops on June 15 and 16 on the following topics: Writing for Children, Creating a Sense of Space, and Defining and Developing Characters. Click here for the application form and more information.

For those of you who write for children and young adults, a mentorship in Children’s Literature with author Deb Vanasse is available – as well as the chance to participate in the SCBWI workshop “Revision: Becoming Our Own Best Editor” on July 8. For more information and to register, visit the 49 Writers website.

Juneau poet Emily Wall has contacted us to share two very happy pieces of news, which she received in the same day. First, the Alaska Center for the Book has chosen one of her poems to be placed in a state park in Ketchikan (Totem Bight). And second, the Juneau Arts Council has recognized her with an Individual Artist Award, which will help fund the research for Emily’s next book. Definitely a day to remember in the life of a poet!

Tomorrow, June 1, 11am-4pm, authors, artists, and artisans will be gathering in Hope at the library for First Saturday on the lawn. Discover one-of-a-kind arts and crafts and have authors sign their books for you. Bring your family. Bring a friend. Spend the day and stay for live music at the Seaview. Mark July 6 and August 3 on your calendars too!

June 11, 12:30-2:30pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore, three Alaska authors will discuss their books, works in progress, and their deep connection to Alaska and writing: Cinthia Ritchie (Dolls Behaving Badly), Lizzie Newell (The Stud and the Sperm Thief), and James Misko (The Cut of Pride). (Writer Sean Ulman, whose forthcoming book is about Seward and Art, may participate too.) 

On June 12, poet John Morgan will be giving a talk, "Moving to Fairbanks: On Poetry and Place" for the UAF Summer Sessions Discover Alaska Lecture Series. It will take place at 7pm in the Murie Building auditorium on the West Ridge. 

Registration is now open for the Alaska Writers' Guild's annual conference, which this year will include a children's literature track with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8, with optional workshops on Friday September 6. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 109 W. International Airport Rd., Anchorage. Early Bird discounted registration through June 30.

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