Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for December 11

Last chance for the List and Litany Workshop. You can register and check out the details at the 49 Writers website.

LIST AND LITANY with Caroline Goodwin
December 12 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Alaska Humanities Forum in Anchorage 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15
December 17 from 6:00-9:00pm at Taku Graphics/Shorefast Editions 5723 Concrete Way in Juneau
December 19 from 9:00am-Noon at the Island Institute 304 Baranof in Sitka 
Price: $45 members/ $55 nonmembers. Register here!

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.

Resolve To Write!

There will be member's only salon Resolve to Write events in January in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, and Juneau. These popular salons in members homes are a chance to share your goals; talk about what went wrong and what went right in 2015; and make the writing connections that will carry your writing practice through the year. Invitations will be sent out mid-December to current members. If you are concerned that your membership might not be up-to-date, or you just want to check, please feel free to email 

2016 Class Schedule
Registration for 2016 classes and workshops will begin at the end of December. Please make sure that you watch our website for more information. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

Danger Close: Alaska
On Saturday and Sunday, February 6th and 7th, Sherry Simpson, Benjamin Busch, Elliott Ackerman, and Lea Carpenter will lead a two-day multi-genre workshop for 24 evenly-apportioned civilian and veteran writers. Students will learn about journalism in unsafe places, discuss why storytelling exists, view multimedia explorations of war narrative, and question what it takes to “make it” as a writer. Most importantly, students will participate in workshops featuring their own writing, in addition to generating new material.

Danger Close: Alaska will run from 9am-4pm, with an hour for lunch, on both days. Cost is $150 total and registration will open on December 14 on and will require the submission of a 3-5 page double-spaced manuscript by January 11, 2016.


Events at the UAA Bookstore

Saturday, December 12 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Chuck Sassara presents Propellers, Politics, and People: Chuck Sassara’s Alaska
Chuck Sassara , a longtime Alaskan, former legislator, pilot, and  businessman, shares his life and adventures in the book Chuck Sassara’s Alaska – Propellers,Politics and People
Everyone is invited to come and hear, uncensored, about the life and times of Chuck Sassara.
There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays

Monday, December 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 302A
Poet Caroline Goodwin presents Peregrine
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Caroline Goodwin received her MFA in Poetry from the University of British Columbia and was awarded the Wallace Stegner fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University in 1999.
There is free parking at UAA.    

Saturday, December 19 from 1:00pm -3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Author Jana Meador
Jana Meador’s Seven Lucky Stars is a book for all ages.  It tells the true story of a sled dog left to defend for himself only to find his second chance in life. His journey takes him on an unexpected 2000 mile adventure, where he meets his seven lucky stars.
There is free parking at UAA!.

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachel Epstein at or 786-4782. For a look at future events visit

Local Library Events
Book Signings

The next installation of The Living Room: Stories for Grownups, will be held Friday, Dec. 11, in the back room at Jitters coffee house in Eagle River. Come hear stories and poems from people in our community who love all things literary. The program runs from 7-9 pm. Refreshments served. Mingle with other writers and readers at this free event. 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.

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, or (907) 299-4018



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 CapĆ³ 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 Alaska Historical Society has a new project, the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative, and a small grant program intended to jump start projects across the state. Grants of up to $1000 are available to individuals, organizations, and businesses to advance seafood history projects around the state. Applications are due on January 1, 2016 and available at AHS's website.

There is also an annotated bibliography with hundreds of entries that chart the history of Alaska’s seafood industry. This is a must-have reference for anyone engaged in fisheries or the study of Alaska history. Check out Alaska Fisheries: A Guide to HistoryResources on the website. Also visit the Alaska’s Historic Canneries blog, a meeting-ground for fish heads. The organization is seeking guest bloggers to share not just historical information, but also stories.

Registration now open to the 2016 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat which will take place on September 9-11, 2016 at the Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning novelist and short story writer Rick Moody will lead fiction writers in a workshop will focus on experiment, imagination, and revision, techniques for each, with an emphasis on writing prompts, close reading of sentences, and ideas about structure. There will be much in-class writing, and the overall atmosphere will stick close to supportiveness, collegiality, and constructive improvement. The engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for further work. Early registration fee is $600 for members and $650 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, go to:

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 River, The Plover, Martin 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 go to

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

Alaska magazine is seeking pitches from new and established writers. We are a publication for Alaska enthusiasts and need a wide variety of articles. The best section to break into the magazine is KtoB (formerly Ketchikan to Barrow), and includes everything from cool job profiles to End of the Trail obituaries to a short write up about an Alaska-made product. We’d also like to see queries about culture, history, nature, interviews with Alaskans and feature articles ideas. Review recent hard copy issues of Alaska magazine and visit for more about us, and then send short, descriptive pitches to freelance contributing editor Susan Sommer at

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

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


49 Writers member, Lucian Childs, has three short stories appearing in literary magazines this fall. Currently in print are “In Your Beautiful Country” in Grain Magazine 43.1 and “Letters from His Wife Regarding the Progress of Her Enlightenment” in Jelly Bucket No. 6. The short short, “Pressure,” is forthcoming at Fiction Attic.

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