Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for September 18

Exciting topics are offered this Autumn and it is time to register for the In Person and Online Workshops organized by 49 Writers. Check out the details and register at the 49 Writers website


September 26 from 9am-4pm
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $110 members/$130 non-members (includes copy of Write Your Best Book) Register here!
ASK MS. MURDER with Marcy McDannel
October 3 from 1-4pm 
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $45 members/ $55 non-members. Register here!
October 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 8-10pm 
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $120 member/$135 non-member. Register here!
All genres.

November 3 from 7-10pm
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $45 member/$55 non-member. Register here
All genres.

November 10, 12, 17, and 19 from 7:00-9:30pm
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $150 member/$170 non-member. Register here!
All genres


October 7 and 14 from 7:00-8:30pm 
Price: $45 members/ $55 nonmembers. Register here!

NOTE: This class will be conducted by Skype. Students must have a basic knowledge of computer functionality, internet browser functionality and word-processing software.

The following classes are asynchronous: there are no scheduled meeting times but there will be weekly assignments and expectations, and everyone will complete the work on their own time. Interaction will utilize text-based formats such as discussion boards.

SCENE, SUMMARY, AND TIME with Andromeda Romano-Lax
October 12 to November 1
9+ hours over 3 Weeks
Online. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous instruction
Price: $150 member/$165 non-member. Register here
Genres: Fiction/Nonfiction

November 2 to November 22
9+ hours over 3 Weeks
Online. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous instruction
Price: $150 member/$165 non-member. Register here
Genres: Fiction/Nonfiction

NEW!!! - 49 Writers is looking for instructors for workshops January-May 2016. Deadline for proposals is November 1. See our website for more details. We're looking for online and in-person instruction. Workshops can be held throughout the state and in all areas.

Alaska Book Week will soon be upon us scheduled for Oct. 3 -11. We would like to invite everyone to sign up by clicking the participation form on the right side of the website at Once you submit your form, the coordinator will be in contact with you soon. This year, we are making more of an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors and possible venues so that we can expand on our yearly celebration--and provide more representation for authors and their wonderful books!
We would also like to remind Alaska Book Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube campaign into our yearly celebration.

For questions or comments, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Alaska Women Speak is searching for a volunteer interested in serving as the new layout editor!   The position requires a familiarity with Adobe InDesign.  If this might be you, please contact:
49 Writers Volunteer Seta


Poetry Parley will kick off a new season with readings from 10 (plus) local poets starting September 20th at Hugi-Lewis Studio. There will be no marquee poet. Send a note to  if you want to be considered. We will hold a few slots for new readers.

Woosh Kinaadeiyí will host this month’s open mic and poetry slam on Friday, September 18th at Silverbow Bakery, located at 120 2nd Street, downtown. The event begins at 6:30pm and is free and open to the public. Poets of all ages and abilities are encouraged to perform. Sign up to read at 6 pm.

The event, sponsored by Woosh Kinaadeiyí, will be hosted by Dee Jay DeRego and Conor Lendrum.  There will be a special appearance by slam legend and original Slammaster and director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, Bob Holman of New York City. Bob Holman has been crowned "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word"(New York Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), and "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen).  

Woosh Kinaadeiyí is a local nonprofit committed to diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice.  The organization hosts monthly poetry slams and open mics throughout the community. Learn more at
Contact Christy NaMee Eriksen, Woosh Kinaadeiyí President, 

Annual Great Alaska Book Fair, sponsored in part by The Mall at Sears and Anchorage Public Library, will be hosted by Publication Consultants, in association with Alaska Book Week, Saturday October 10, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Tables will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Authors are responsible for their own sales. There will not be a central check out register. There is a charge of $50 per table, which authors may share if they'd like. The book fair is held the same day the mall is featuring their annual sidewalk sale. High traffic is expected.
For questions or to sign up please go to

Events at the UAA Bookstore

Monday, September 21 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Instagram and Social Media with Julia O’Malley
Come and learn the tricks of Instagram with award winning journalist and social media expert Julia O’Malley.  Julia O’Malley currently serves as the UAA 21st Atwood Chair of Journalism and is widely known for her column in the Anchorage Daily News from 2009 to 2014.. Over the years her work has appeared in Huffington Post, The Guardian, National Geographic, Al Jazeera America, Eater, the Oregonian and Julia O’Malley is a recipient of the Berger Award, from Columbia Journalism School, the Darrell Sifford Memorial Prize from Missouri School of Journalism, and won first place for general commentary from the Society of Features Journalists. 
For this event, there is free parking in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot, East Garage, South Lot.

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. 
Note: UAA Campus Bookstore podcasts are posted in iTunes or iTunes U –just search UAA or UAA Campus Bookstore.    

Local Library Events
Book Signings


The Living Room, Stories for Grownups kicks off its new season. Grab a cup of tea and get ready to enjoy a night of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and dramatic monologue. Come to listen and sign up to read at subsequent programs. The event runs every 2nd Friday, from Sept. through April. All genres welcome. For questions, contact:


This September, 49 Writers and Alaska Quarterly Review are co-sponsoring a tour that will combine live literary events in the Southeast Alaska communities of Haines and Juneau with distance programming, in pursuit of 49 Writers’ goal to serve writers across the state. These events are supported in part by a grant by the National Endowment of the Arts. The tour will begin in Haines with a free public reading by Melinda Moustakis accompanied by local writers and musicians on the evening of September 18, 6pm, at Haines Public Library. Moustakis will teach two workshops on September 18 and 20; registration information available on the 49 Writers website at On September 19 at 1pm, there will be a statewide discussion of Moustakis’s book Bear Down, Bear North on the statewide Online With Libraries (OWL) system and locally at the Haines Public Library. 

In Juneau, Moustakis will teach two workshops on September 22 and 23; registration information available on the 49 Writers website at She will end her stay in Alaska with a CrossCurrents event on September 24 at 6:30pm at the Juneau Downtown Library. The event is entitled “Shaped by the North” and will feature writers Moustakis, Ernestine Hayes, Brendan Jones, and photographer Ben Huff discussing how the landscape has shaped them as artists and shaped their work.


The 2016 Governor's Awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 28th. We will also continue the tradition of scheduling CHAMP Day (Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums Partners), a legislative fly-in day, on Wednesday, January 27th. Please start brainstorming ideas for nominees and consider submitting a nomination! The nomination process will open in August. This year's Arts categories will be: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts & Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy and Individual Artist. A list of previous awardees can be found at

2016 Statewide Arts and Culture Conference will take place in Anchorage, Thursday, April 28th through Saturday, April 30th. We are in the process of exploring compelling themes, topics and national speakers for the convening. Like our last conference, we will be engaging Alaskan artists in the planning and production of the event. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply to be a conference Partner Artist, which will open in the fall. If you have any ideas to share with us, please send them our way by emailing

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is conducting a survey to inform its Live. Work. Play. Initiative, which seeks to make Anchorage the number one city in America to live work and play by 2025. If you live in Anchorage and care about the arts, please take a moment to add your voice to this survey-it's just two VERY short questions!

Poetry Out Loud registration deadline for schools is October 15, 2015Click here to hear from the 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. 

Coming this September, Poems in Place is offering free creative writing workshops and Poems in Place dedication/celebrations in Kodiak and Seward. Poems in Place is a project that locates poems, written by Alaskan writers, on outside signs in Alaska’s state parks.

Saturday Sept. 19th 9am to 12pm Tonsina Creek Trailhead. Poems in Place selected poets Aleria Jensen and Justine Pechuzal will be leading a free writing and hiking workshop, Pathway to Place: Writing our Way into Landscape.
Saturday Sept. 19th 1:30-3:30 pm: Seward Pavilion. Please join us for a Poems in Place dedication. Celebrations will include a short talk by local historian Doug Capra and dedication and readings by selected poets Justine Pechuzal and Aleria Jensen. Refreshments.
Sunday Sept. 20th, 10am -1pm North Beach. Please join us to dedicate the second Poem in Place set between North Beach and Fort McGilvray. This event is weather dependent. Please provide your own transportation to North Beach. We will meet there at 10am to hike to the poem. After dedications we’ll visit Fort McGilvray.  Refreshments served.

Events are free.  All are welcome!
To register or for more information about either event please email poemsinplace@gmail.comm

Poems in Place is supported by Alaska State Parks, Alaska Center For the Book, the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli Foundation, Alaska Poetry League and numerous generous individuals.

Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Early registration starts May 2015.

13 Chairs Literary Journal, a new literary journal publishing short stories and poetry from new and emerging authors, seeks submissions and volunteers. They are currently composing their flagship issue, straight out of JBER, AK. To learn more, and to submit, email or visit

Alaska Women Speak is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2015 issue.  The upcoming theme is "Talking over Coffee (or Tea)."  Submissions are due November 15th.

Write to Publish, in partnership with the Timberline Review and Cirque, offer a flash fiction contest and a Pacific Northwest poetry contest this year. Submissions open September 8 and close October 30, 2015. Entries for the Pacific Northwest poetry contest may be original, unpublished works up to 40 lines and should be centered on a Pacific Northwest theme. Entries for the flash fiction contest must be 700 words or fewer, original, unpublished, and double spaced. Winners will be notified the first week of December and will win a cash prize of $100, a reading at the conference and publication in Timberline Review for poetry and Cirque for flash fiction.
The contest fee is $10, and only one story or poem may be submitted per person, per contest. Please send submissions via email to with “Flash Fiction Contest Submission” or "PNW Poetry Contest Submission” as the subject line.

For more detailed information about the contests, the conference, or to purchase tickets, visit

Submission deadline: September 21, 2015
Publication date: December 21, 2015 
Cirque is an independent literary journal staffed by volunteers, supported by readers and writers, and publishing in print and online. Cirque publishes the work of writers and artists from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  We are dedicated to building a larger reading audience for Cirque's contributors bringing their work to the world in a publication of the highest quality.  We publish work in all genres and look forward to reviewing your submissions.  For submission guidelines see
Donations: Please make donations at to this email address,, or send a check to Sandra Kleven or Michael Burwell (editors) at CIRQUE, 3978 DEFIANCE STREET, ANCHORAGE, AK 99504

Incentives: Donate $100 or more and you will be considered a sponsor.  Your name will be listed in the issue and we will send you an 8 x 10 art print from one of Cirque's fine artists. Donate $50 and we will send an art print (8 x 10).  Donate an amount below $50 and we will send a signed "art" postcard with our thanks.  We ask for donations by email, twice yearly.  Your amazing response has made it easy to produce the journal with limited requests for funds. 

Big prize: Artist, Jo Going, of Homer, Alaska, has donated an original water color to be given to the first person to contribute $1000 to Cirque.  See details on page 4 of the new issue at

Subscriptions:  $40 per year.  Go to to subscribe.  Or send an email to and we'll work out payment.

Barnes & Noble has scheduled book fairs and fundraising events for the coming school year and is in demand for local children’s book author presenters. If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact Renee Millner, Community Business Development Manager at 907-279-7323 or email her at
The Alaska Quarterly Review will publish Sparks: A Conversation in Poems and Paintings in its entirety in the May 2016 issue. You can see, in order, each of Peggy Shumaker's poems and each of Kesler Woodward's paintings from their year-long collaboration.  

Have news or events you'd like to see listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) Your message must be received by noon on the Thursday before the roundup is scheduled to run. Unless your event falls in the "Opportunities" category, it should occur no more than 30 days from when we receive your email.

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