Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for November 20

Holidays are approaching fast and only one Workshop is left for this season organized by 49 Writers. Check out the details and register at the 49 Writers website.

ANCHORAGE - IN PERSON

Workshop!!!!
LIST AND LITANY with Caroline Goodwin
December 12 from 6:00-9:00pm 
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $45 members/ $55 nonmembers. Register here!

LIST AND LITANY
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.

EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE

Events at the UAA Bookstore

Saturday, November 21 from 1:00 pm-3:00pm at the UA/APU Consortium Library, room 307

J. Pennelope Goforth presents “Voyages of the Lost Aleutian Ledgers of the Alaska Commercial Co”
Historian J. Pennelope Goforth shares her exciting discovery of Alaska Commercial Co. business ledgers and logbooks from several villages in the Aleutians.   
All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public.   There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.  
  
Monday, November 23 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307

Travis Rector presents Coloring the Universe
In his book,  Coloring the Universe, An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space, Travis Rector describes how  “giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images. Dr. Travis A. Rector is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  
For this event, there is free parking in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot, and  East Garage. 

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public.   For a look at future events see https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore/events/special-events-calendar.cfm 

Local Library Events
Book Signings
EVENTS AROUND ALASKA

SOUTHCENTRAL, MAT-SU, KENAI PENINSULA
SOUTHEAST

Woosh Kinaadeiyí will host the first event of their sixth season with an Open Mic on Friday, November 20th at 6:30pm. The Open Mic will be held at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, located at 3025 Dimond Park Loop, Juneau.
The event will be hosted by Dee Jay DeRego, with the Woosh Kinaadeiyí Band. It is a non-competitive event open to poets and performers of all ages and all abilities. Sign up to read at 6 pm. 
In contrast to previous years, this season features a rotating monthly schedule of non-competitive Open Mics, competitive Poetry Slams, and Spoken Word Workshops. The organization hopes this allows more performance and educational opportunities for emerging artists in the community.
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 www.facebook.com/wooshpoetry.
Contact: Christy NaMee Eriksen, Woosh Kinaadeiyí President, christynamee@gmail.com 

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is in search of volunteer storytellers to help lead a 3-hour storytelling workshop for young fishermen. The workshop will take place Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Juneau, and will focus on how narrative — expressed through a variety of mediums — can be used at many levels of personal and professional communication. The workshop will offer strategies for fishermen to access and tell their unique story. We believe that strong personal and collective narratives are key factors in advocating for healthy communities and ecosystems, and hope to share useful tools for developing those narratives through this workshop. Ideally, our guest storyteller would also have a connection to Alaskan fisheries, past or present. If interested, please contact Hannah Heimbuch at hannah@akmarine.org, or (907) 299-4018

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS

The blog/website agingalaskans.info 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. Please send submissions to: ldweiss@agingalaskans.info and expect a response within weeks.

CONFERENCES, AWARDS, RETREATS & RESIDENCIES

The fifteenth Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference will be held on June 10-14 in Homer. This year's keynote is Pulitzer Prize winning, National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She will be joined by Miriam Altshuler (agent), Dan Beachy-Quick, Richard Chiappone, Jennine Capó Crucet, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Lee Goodman, Richard Hoffman, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Sarah Leavitt, Nancy Lord, Jane Rosenman (editor), Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson, Frank Soos, and David Stevenson. For more information and to register go to the website

The sixth annual North Words Writers Symposium will be held May 25-28 in Skagway. Novelist/essayist/editor and storyteller supreme Brian Doyle of Portland, Oregon (Mink RiverThe PloverMartin Marten, and the forthcoming Chicago) will be the 2016 keynote author. He will be joined by Alaskan authors Kim Heacox, Eowyn Ivey, Heather Lende, Lynn Schooler, John Straley, and Emily Wall. For more information and to register see http://nwwriterss.com/.

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
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

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.

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

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