Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for October 23

The end of this series of classes is approaching and there are only a few In Person and Online Workshops organized by 49 Writers left for the coming few weeks. You can still sign up. Check out the details and register at the 49 Writers website.


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


November 4 and 11 from 7:00-8:30pm 
Price: $45 members/ $55 nonmembers. Register here!

If authors followed the conventional wisdom about creating a robust online presence, they'd be blogging 2 days a week, tweeting one, and filling the rest with FB posts. In other words, no time -- or mental energy -- left to actually craft great books. The world NEEDS writers who have time to think and write the big thoughts. 

This class takes a strategic, and sometimes contrarian, view of how authors can kick the scree loose to find an online path to promotion that works FOR rather than AGAINST the work they most care about.

Focusing on new technologies, off-bandwagon thinking, and the fundamentals of author-reader interaction, the class is about 40% based on recent research into online user/reader needs/desires and about 60% based on author self-analysis. The goal of the class is for authors to discover the intersection of these and how to use online tools to best offer their work to those who would benefit from it most.

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 class is 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.

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

Caroline Goodwin, the Poet Laureate of San Mateo will be teaching a class in Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka this December. Register now at

    12/12/15 – In ANCHORAGE, 6-9pm at the Alaska Humanities Forum
    12/17/19 – In JUNEAU, 6-9pm at Taku Graphics/Shorefast Editions 5723 Concrete Way 
    12/19/15 – In SITKA, 9am-noon at the Island Institute 304 Baranof 
This class is designed to help you walk confidently into the metaphorical “blank page”.  As writers, we must do this again and again, regardless of whether we are seasoned artists or just getting started. Our minds contain many doors, our imaginations many openings and opportunities. In “List and Litany” we will spend the first hour responding to a series of specific prompts. These will take us through several imaginative doors. Next, we will read and begin to shape our writings, looking for any patterns that present themselves. We will listen to Christopher Dewdney perform a section of A Natural History of Southwestern Ontario and we will read a few poems that use listing effectively. The workshop will conclude with a reading and discussion of next steps in developing the writing. Every student will have the opportunity to send a piece of writing to the instructor via snail mail for a brief written response.

Are you interested in sharing what you've learned as a writer? We are always looking for qualified faculty to teach for 49 Writers. If you are a published writer with teaching experience and a passion for your craft, we want to hear from you! If you have expertise pertaining to other aspects of writing and the writing life, let's talk.

Please contact Erin at or fill out a course proposal form. We're looking for workshops of all lengths, but particularly one and two day offerings. Proposal deadline November 15.

Alaska Women Speak is a quarterly journal of women's writing in its 23rd year of publication. Please join us in helping to redefine the journal and meet the needs of more Alaska writers and readers. Feel free to pass this email along to others who who would like to help Alaska Women Speak by taking this survey.

49 Writers Volunteer Seta

49 Writers Reading and Craft Talk on November 12 at 7pm at the Great Harvest Bread Co.
Linda Martin - Just a Figure of Speech—finding and placing metaphors to best effect. We’ll explore our own important moments and experiment with comparisons that strike the tone we intend.

Events at the UAA Bookstore
Friday, October 23 from 1:00pm-2:30pm, Student Union room 105, Lyla Richards
Sarah Hayes presents Tails and Trails: Winter Recreation in Denali National Park
Sarah Hayes, National Park Service Backcountry Ranger, explains the history and wonders of Denali National Park sled dogs and the ways you can enjoy the winter with them.
Monday, October 26 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Heather Hudson presents Connecting Alaskans: Telecommunications in Alaska from Telegraph to Broadband
Connecting Alaskans tells the unique history of extending communication services including telephony, radio, television and the Internet throughout rural Alaska.

Wednesday, October 28 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Jervette R. Ward discusses Real Sister:   Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV
Jervette R. Ward is editor of and contributor to the book Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV, recently published by Rutgers University Press. At this event, she discusses how the book came together, the characterization of African American women in reality TV shows, pervading stereotypes, and the representation of beautiful, powerful black women.

Tuesday, November 3 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Will Jacobs presents Becoming UAA 1954-2014
Since 1972, Will Jacobs, UAA Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science, has contributed to the university community as a teacher, scholar and administrator.  His book, Becoming UAA 1954-2014, The Origins & Development of the University of Alaska Anchorage, published by University of Alaska Anchorage, details the development of UAA from 1949 till 2014.   At this event, Becoming UAA and various challenges facing public higher education today will be addressed.  Everyone is invited. 
For this event there is free parking in the library Lot, Library NE Lot and the East Parking Garage.

Saturday, November 7 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Francisco Miranda  presents Spanish Poets from A Gray Barn Rising
Spanish poets from A Gray Barn Rising-- Alfonsina Storni-(Argentina), César Vallejo (Peru), Pablo Neruda (Chile), Federico García Lorca (Spain), Miguel Hernández (Spain), Alejandra Pizarnik (Argentina), and Nicanor Parra (Chile) will be featured with poetry recitations and commentary by Francisco Miranda.  Francisco Miranda is Associate Professor Spanish in the Department of Languages at UAA. 

There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.
All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public.   For a look at future events see 

Local Library Events
Censorship, Diversity, and Young Adult Literature: A Panel Discussion, Thursday, October 29th, 7pm in the Innovation Lab at Z.J. Loussac Public Library, 3600 Denali Street.
Panelists will include:
Dr. Jervette Ward – Assistant professor at UAA and author of, “In Search of Diversity: Dick and Jane and Their Black Playmates”, as well as the editor of, “Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV”.
Michael Robinson – UAA/APU Consortium Library and Chair of the Alaska State Library Association’s Committee on Intellectual Freedom

Jane Baird – Anchorage Public Library, Collection Development

Jon Ebron – Anchorage Public Library, Teen Librarian

Book Signings
Abigail Calkin will be signing her new book The Soul of My Soldier in:
  • Anchorage, at Barnes & Noble, Sunday, 25 October, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Anchorage, at the library at JBER, a reading and signing, Monday, 26 October, 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Allen Gee will give a Reading and Craft talk on Monday, October 26 at 6:30pm at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. Book signing will follow.

Novelist and essayist Allen Gee will read from his work at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, as part of the annual Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Gee will read in the auditorium at the UAF Community and Technical College’s campus building, 604 Barnette St. The reading is free and open to the public.
Gee’s presentation will kick off the annual Celebration of Writing held the following day, Oct. 24, at the Noel Wien Library, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The celebration is an annual literacy event held for writers of all ages and experience levels.
Following Gee, the audience will be treated to the celebration’s version of TED talks, called CoW talks. These five-minute talks are given by community members, and topics range from grammar to music.

Come join the Fairbanks Arts Association on Saturday, November 7th at 7pm for a literary reading by two of Fairbanks' favorite authors: Jean Anderson and Cindy Hardy. The reading will take place in the Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts at Pioneer Park (2300 Airport Way). This event is FREE and open to the public.

Looking for a writer in Juneau who could commit to cover 2-3 days each week (Monday-Friday) from 4-5:30pm during November’s NaNoWriMo to help give kids time to write, support and maybe even give some motivation and ideas. The writer will partner with Jennifer Walker who will be covering the other 2-3 days each week. To meet and plan, please contact her at

The blog/website is seeking fiction and non-fiction submissions to publish as blog postings, newsletter items, and possibly in other venues such as an electronic compilation of items from the website. All interested writers are strongly advised to review the website in detail to get a feel for website which focuses on issues of concern to Alaskans in their 50s and older. We are interested in: short stories,  essays, book reviews,  poetry, memoirs.
Here are a few details and caveats.
    We are volunteers, so we cannot pay for submissions. Ask again when we are rich and famous :-)
    Subject matter must broadly fit the theme "aging in Alaska" involving and/or clearly targeting persons in their 50s and older.
    Submit whatever mix and number of items you want, but they must not total more than 1,000 words. 
    Do not submit anything else until we invite you in writing to do so.
    Submissions may have been published elsewhere (please indicate where), but you must indicate truthfully that you have all relevant rights to publish the article. We may ask for documentation.
    Please include a short, one paragraph bio, and a digital photo of yourself that we will post with your work.
    Please send submissions to: and expect a response within weeks.

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.
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

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

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

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

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