Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for October 2



The first snow arrived early with smell of wood and warm fireplace. It’s time to grab a book and cuddle near the fire, or use the last bright sunlight, get a notebook and try out the knowledge provided by the great workshops and classes organized by a vibrant writers community.

For In Person and Online Workshops organized by 49 Writers. Check out the details and register at the 49 Writers website

ANCHORAGE - IN PERSON

SONIC SYMPHONIES: HOW TO MAKE YOUR WRITING SING with Alyse Knorr
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.

BURNING WITH LOVE: HOW TO WRITE ABOUT LOVE WITHOUT BLUSHING with Alyse Knorr
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.

THE SPIRITUAL IN WRITING: ACROSS FAITH, GENRES, AND TIME with Kathleen Tarr
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

IN HOMER co-sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Campus:
13 WAYS OF LOOKING: WRITING DEEPLY IN PLACE with Christine Byl
October 9, 1:30-4:30pm
Location: Kachemak Bay Campus
Price: Free for members/ $45 non-members. Register here

ONLINE CLASSES

NO BLOGGING REQUIRED! HOW TO MATCH YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE WITH WHO YOU REALLY ARE with Cindy Dyson
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

FIRST PERSON COMPLICATED--THE DUAL-VOICED NARRATOR with Andromeda Romano-Lax
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

CrossCurrents Anchorage invites you for a conversation with Frank Soos, Justin Herrmann, Eowyn Ivey, and Deb Vanasse about the Future of Fiction on Sunday, October 4, at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum.
The 49 Writers CrossCurrents series presents onstage conversations that unite authors and audiences through lively, moderated discussions on questions pertaining to art, culture, and science as illuminated by writers and their work

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: alaskawomenspeak@yahoo.com
49 Writers Volunteer Seta

EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE

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 http://bit.ly/1JbAN8H.

49 Writers Readings and Craft Talks
Renowned poet and scholar Bob Holman will begin the fall season of Readings and Craft Talks on October 15 at 7pm at the Great Harvest Bread Company with Bob Holman Answers All Your Questions About Orality, Endangered Languages, and the Mediaization of Poetry...   

Events at the UAA Bookstore

Saturday, October 3 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Time to Walk:  The Extraordinary Life of Explorer Dick Griffith
At this event Dick Griffith shares stories and photos of his journeys in Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the American West and his exploration and mapping of canyons and creeks in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1952.
Joining Dick Griffith is author Kaylene Johnson. This event is held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Alaska Book Week. It is sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore and is held at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307.  There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.

Monday, October 5 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Historian and Author Katherine Ringsmuth’s new book Alaska's Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier

In the book, Alaska's Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier, historian Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth uncovers the ways that Alaska's aviation growth was downplayed in order to perpetuate the myth of the cowboy spirit and the desire to tame what many considered to be the last frontier.  Katherine Ringsmuth teaches American and Alaskan History in the UAA History Department and serves on the Board of  Directors for the Cook Inlet Historical Society.

This event is held in celebration of Alaska Book Week and is sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore. For this event, there is free parking in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot and the East Garage.

Saturday, October 10 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Lithuanian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite, with Svaja Worthington and Leslie Fried
The art, life, and times of Lithuanian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite (1937-2001) with be highlighted at this event with Svaja Worthington and Leslie Fried. Leslie Fried is the curator of the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage. Her poems have appeared in Cirque Literary Journal. Svaja Vansauskas Worthington called Alaska home for the past 40 years. In 2013, she was named the Honorary Consul from the State of Alaska to the Republic of Lithuania. Her translations of 2 poems by Judita Vaiciunaite appeared in Cirque Literary Journal Vol. 6, no. 2.

This event is sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore and is held at UAA/APU Consortium Library, in room 307. There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays. 

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

Local Library Events
Book Signings

EVENTS AROUND ALASKA
SOUTHCENTRAL, MAT-SU, KENAI PENINSULA

The next installation of The Living Room: Stories for Grownups, will be held Friday, Oct. 9 in the back room at Jitters coffee house in Eagle River. You will hear stories and poems from people in the community who love all things literary. The program starts at 7 pm and is free, with refreshments served afterwards. Come mingle with other writers and readers. See our Facebook page at: The Living Room. Sign up to read or just come and listen. For more info, call Monica Devine at 444-4633

SOUTHEAST
 INTERIOR
On Saturday, October 3rd at 7pm in the Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center at Pioneer Park, the Fairbanks Art Association will kick off Alaska Book Week with a reading by poet Jeremy Pataky, author of Overwinter, and a performance by cellist, vocalist and songwriter Molly McDermott. This event is free and open to the public. 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS
CONFERENCES, AWARDS, RETREATS & RESIDENCIES

360 North will start the 2015-16 season of Writers’ Showcase. All Alaska writers are invited to submit fiction and nonfiction pieces. Stories are read before a live studio audience by professional actors, and later broadcast throughout Alaska on statewide public TV and radio. Stories should be about 10 minutes long when read aloud. Profanity will need to be edited for broadcast.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE              RECORDING DATE
October 15, 2015                                November 13, 2015
January 18, 2016                                February 25, 2016
April 25, 2016                                    June 2, 2016
Submit to arts [at] ktoo [dot] org.
For questions contact Scott Burton
Arts, Culture and Music Producer at 907.463.6473
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 https://education.alaska.gov/aksca/pdf/Past_Recipients_GAAH.pdf.

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 aksca.info@alaska.gov

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. 

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 info@13chairs.com or visit 13chairs.com.

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 w2p@ooliganpress.pdx.edu 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 http://ooligan.pdx.edu/writetopublish/.

Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat will be accepting residency applications November 15, 2015 - January15, 2016. For more information visit http://alderworksalaska.com

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.  

Your Membership Counts!

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