The city has stories.
These stories – your stories – are
lore, and we'd like to
hear your voice. The Anchorage
Neighborhood Writing Project welcomes you to its first free writing workshop on
urban writing. The class will be
interactive, with discussions, exercises, writing prompts, and suggestions to
encourage participants to draw inspiration from their everyday lives and write
about living in Anchorage . Anchorage
Join us at on Friday, November 8 at the UAA Student Center Den for a breakfast panel about
, including a literary
reading by Mary Kudenov. The writing
workshop will start at 10:30 am and continue until 2:00 pm. We’ll break in the middle for lunch. Bring paper, something to write with, a bag
lunch, and stories to share. Mountain View
The Wolf Den is located on the first floor of the
on UAA Student Union Building Providence Drive (same building as the
UAA Bookstore, next to the ). Parking is free on Fridays. For questions or more information, contact
Bree Kessler at bckessler (at) uaa.alaska.edu. The Urban Writing Workshop and Sports Center panel are free and open
to anyone in the community with a story to tell. Mountain View
Three of us will teach the workshop: Bree Kessler, Mary Kudenov, and Eric Larson. Bree Kessler is an assistant professor of health sciences and research fellow at the Center for Community Engagement and Learning at UAA. Her research is in the field of environmental psychology: the study of how the built environment shapes and also is influenced by human behavior. She has a particular interest in "winter cities." Bree was born and raised in
– a city that inspired
her to fall in love with "the urban."
She is the author of the travel guidebook Moon: Big Island of Hawaii. Detroit
Mary Kudenov studies nonfiction in
’s low-residency MFA program.
Currently, she’s writing a collection of linked essays that explore life
in urban Alaska. Mary has worked in Anchorage’s non-profit community,
taught writing in Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, and served Alaska’s
literary arts community as the 2013 Alaska Book Week coordinator. She is interested in city narratives that
address issues of economic disparity, addiction, and social change. (Check out Mary’s latest urban essay, “A Man
of Fashion” in the fall 2013 issue of Alaska
Quarterly Review.) University of Alaska Anchorage
Eric Larson has lived and walked in
for the past
twenty-five years without owning a car.
He earned his MFA at the UAA Creative Writing program where he studied
the literature of urban walking. Eric
experiments with different ways of exploring the city on foot – such as deep
mapping, ground-truthing, psychogeography, and GPS drawing. He’s writing a book about walking in Anchorage . Anchorage
The Urban Writing Workshop is the first effort of the Anchorage Neighborhood Writing Project (ANWP). The Project will host future events featuring guests who have explored their neighborhood through writing and others who have unique knowledge of the city. Future workshops will focus on methods of exploring, learning, and writing about the city. The ongoing mission of ANWP is to inspire and encourage city residents to write and discuss their urban stories.
We are looking for collaborators across mediums to build a compendium of
lore. We are looking for writing, photography,
mapping, drawing, painting, and other modes of art. The long-term goal of ANWP is to combine
writing and other media into a community atlas that tells the stories of how we
live in Anchorage . Anchorage
The reading, panel discussion, and writing workshop on November 8 are all part of ENGAGE Week: Urban in Alaska sponsored by the
Engagement and Learning (CCEL). This
year the Center is focusing on the "Urban in UAA Center ," specifically Alaska neighborhoods, to
understand the many ways citizens engage with their communities. Anchorage
ENGAGE Week 2013 (from November 4 through 10) features dialogues, panels, workshops, and outdoor events that highlight the strengths and challenges of the "Urban in
." Feel free
to attend as many activities as possible.
These events are all free and open to the public. Alaska
. Sign-up is not required, but it will assist with planning. After you sign-up, you will receive updates and materials for the workshop.