Friday, August 30, 2013

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

We are pleased to announce at last the details of our fall literary season, which brings you a mixture of genres and classes of varying lengths, as well as favorite instructors and new faces. Registration opens Sept. 1, when the details and registration links will be up on the 49 Writers website. You have the choice of two weekly class series, starting in October. 49 Writers co-founder and blogger extraordinaire Deb Vanasse is back with a Thursday class called Sound and Fury: Find and Free Your Writer's Voice, which will appeal to writers of fiction and non-fiction. On Wednesdays, we're welcoming a new instructor to our faculty, Kate Partridge, who will teach Fundamentals of Poetry. Kate recently joined the English Department at UAA as an adjunct professor, and earned her MFA in Poetry from George Mason University. Kate will also offer a two-week class on Writing from Research, Saturday, Oct. 19 & 26. On the topic of research, look too for a series of guest blog posts about archives by Erin Wahl, last year's instructor on Innovation & Inspiration through Primary Resources.

If you're in a writing group but not getting what you need or want to join a group but can't find one, Debbie LaFleiche will present Creating and Sustaining an Effective Writing Group on Saturday, Oct. 5. Debbie, a 49 Writers volunteer who last taught Getting Published for us, has plenty of great ideas that will get you on the right track as we head into another winter.

We're delighted and honored that UAF professor emeritus Frank Soos will be joining us in November to teach a weekend course on Art of the Essay, Nov. 15 & 16, in which we'll explore the possibilities of form and content through reading and study and through our own experiments in writing. Frank has also graciously offered to conduct a follow-on session for participants in the spring semester to provide further support for our work-in-progress. Spring is already shaping up to be an impressive season, as several of the great instructors who'd like to teach for us couldn't fit it into their busy fall schedule and deferred until then.

We have been looking into various options for delivering classes online, consulting with other writing centers around the country and with instructors who have online experience, and plan to debut at least one online class later in the season. So stay posted for more information, all of you out there who would like to take classes but don't live within easy distance of Anchorage or the other population centers.

This season we'll miss 49 Writers co-founder Andromeda Romano-Lax, who is heading overseas with her family on an extended trip to far-flung parts of the world, as her popular classes have been a regular feature of our instruction program. But we look forward to her monthly blog posts with news of what she's experienced en route that inspires and excites her creative imagination!
A new Reading & Craft Talk coordinator is joining us for the fall season: Matt Caprioli will be taking over from Lucian Childs (who needs to devote more time to his own burgeoning writing career) and Lorena Knapp (whose teaching and consulting projects are taking off). Do give Matt a warm welcome at our first event of the season, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7pm, which will feature Alaskan author Jim Sweeney (The List, Alaska Expedition Marine Life Solidarity). And please thank Lucian and Lorena for all their hard work in building up this signature 49 Writers series. Other scheduled talks are by Tom Kizzia (Pilgrim's Wilderness), Thursday, Oct. 24, and David Abrams (Fobbit), Saturday, Nov. 9 - all at Great Harvest Bread Company.

Today, Aug. 30, is the deadline for applications for the biennial Connie Boochever Fellowship, which recognizes and supports Alaska emerging artists of exceptional talent. This year, it’s the turn of the Performing and Literary Arts, with musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, playwrights/screenwriters, actors/directors, writers and poets all eligible to apply. Sponsored by the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation and administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7-8:30pm, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (7th Ave. entrance). Don’t miss our first Crosscurrents event of the fall season, featuring Tutka Bay Retreat leader Ron Carlson (Return to Oakpine, The Signal) and local author Don Rearden (The Raven’s Gift). “Surviving the Story” will address the questions, “Where do stories come from?” and “How does a writer find and survive a story?” Join us for a stimulating onstage conversation about the process of discovery in writing fiction. Q&A and book signing to follow. Free admission but donations welcome! Our next Crosscurrents will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14, and feature the novella authors of Weathered Edge in "On the Edge of Publishing: A conversation with three ground-breaking writers."

Sept. 5, 6:30pm, Kachemak Bay Campus, Homer - Ron Carlson will read as part of the Kachemak Bay Visiting Writers Series.

Sept. 7, 6-9pm, local author G.E.M. Thomas will hold a release party at Taproot on Spenard for his novel, Strong Roads Blues and Greens and Blood, to which you’re all invited. Join the fun for live island music, an author reading, and an iPad raffle and giveaway.


Coming up soon, Poems in Place is bringing you creative writing workshops and Poems in Place dedications. Saturday, Sept. 7, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm, at Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan, Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall will be leading a free workshop called "Writing on the Wind, A Celebration of Place." Sunday, Sept. 8, 3-4:30pm at the Clan House, Totem Bight, there will be dedication of the two winning Poems in Place and readings by the poets Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall.  Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-3:30pm and Sunday, Sept. 15, 9:30-11am, Peggy Shumaker and Frank Soos will teach a free workshop, "Writing Our Places" at Twin Bear Camp, Mile 30 Chena River State Recreation Area. The dedication and unveiling of the two poems in Chena River SRA will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, 1-3pm. Meet at Rosehip Campground Mile 27 at 1pm. To register or for more information about either event, please email poemsinplace@gmail.com.

Calling all Alaska-based authors! Registration for the Great Alaska Book Fair at APU closes Sept. 15 - click here for more information and to register. Don't miss this opportunity to sell your book and to meet new readers! The Book Fair takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-5pm, and is brought to you by the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University as part of Alaska Book Week. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17, Season 5 of Arctic Entries begins! This year, all shows will take place at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Online ticketing? Assigned seats? Arctic Entries is all grown up. Tickets are $12 and go on sale Sept. 10, 2pm. Visit their website to submit your story or recommend a storyteller. Has fate ever toyed with your timeline? Experienced odd circumstances that added up to wonderful or terrible consequences? Had an amazing flash of inspiration? The theme of the Sept. 17 event is Lightning Strikes: Stories of Natural Disasters, Eerie Coincidences, and the Unforeseen. 

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7pm - Mark your calendars for the new season of Poetry Parley, to be hosted by the Hugi-Lewis Studio, 1008 W. Northern Lights, Anchorage. Details coming soon. 

Friday, Sept. 20, 4-6pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Sudarsan Rangarajan presents "Michel Butor, the French New Novel and Experiments in Writing." Sudarsan Rangarajan is Professor of French and Coordinator of the French Program in the Department of Languages/ UAA. At this event he will discuss his new book called Critical Essays on Michel Butor’s L’Emploi du temps. Described as a “novel within a novel,” L’Emploi du temps is considered one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. And it lends itself to the examination of multiple literary genres including detective, Gothic, journalistic, narrative, rhetoric, existential and post-colonial literary theories. If you enjoy reading or are a challenged writer, come to this fascinating event where the best in modern fiction is critiqued.

You have until Sept. 21 to submit your votes for the Readers' Choice Award in this year’s Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest – with a significant number of stories by Alaskan writers to pick from. Visit the Sledgehammer website to read the stories and vote for your favorite three. Winners will be announced Sept. 30. 

Sept. 21 is also the deadline for submissions for the 2013 Winter Solstice issue of Cirque. Please send inquiries and submissions to cirquejournal@yahoo.com, and visit their website for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7-9:30pm, Sierra Club, 750 W. 2nd Ave. #100, Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will begin teaching a 12-week nature and travel writing class. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240. To sign up or for more information, contact Sherwonit at akgriz@hotmail.com or 245-0283. 

If you missed local publisher Vered Mares of VP&D House on the Camille Conte show this week, don't despair - you can listen here for talk about the health of book publishing with the arrival of the e-book and the fabulous books coming from writers on The Last Frontier!

The editors at PARAGRAPHITI have contacted us to say that starting January 2014, they will publish on a weekly basis. “We will be publishing a new post every week, alternating between fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Our ambition is boundless! 17 stories, 17 poems, and 17 pieces of non-fiction (we’re taking a week off for Christmas because we have families). Visit our website. That could be you there up on that pedestal with Mark Brazaitis, Johannes Göransson, Kim Hyesoon, and other established and young writers and poets. Take a chance. We need you. We need bold stories about being alive. We need poems about generations of war. We need nonfiction about how a bobcat (editor: or bear) taught you the meaning of family when it lightly mauled your sister. It's easy to submit, just follow the submission guidelines and email your piece to us.”

Ela Harrison, long-timer 49 Writers blog roundup coordinator, fell seriously ill after completing the summer residency for her MFA program. Do join us in sending healing thoughts her way as she works on recovering her health. Get well soon, Ela!

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