Friday, January 1, 2016

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!
Last night, each of us wrapped up the past year with new experiences stacked orderly or disorderly on the shelves of our years. Some of these experiences will take a written form. They will become part of our public self. Some of us will need support and encouragement. 49Writers is here to make the path of writing and sharing easier for us.

Resolve To Write!
Invitations were sent out mid-December to current members for the 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. If you are concerned that your membership might not be up-to-date, or you just want to check, please feel free to email 

49 Writers 2016 Class Schedule
Registration for 2016 classes and workshops will start on January 4th. 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
Tuesday, January 5 from 10:00am-12:30 pm at then UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Alaska Policy & Climate Adaption Webinar Series
Strategies for Strengthening Alaska Native Village Roles in Natural Resource Management is a Webinar presentation by Barrett Ristroph, a PhD student at University of Hawaii.  This presentation discusses how Alaska's tribes do not have sovereignty over their traditional lands and natural resources on which they depend for their nutritional and cultural survival, and the impact of climate and social change on Alaska Native Villages.

Saturday, January 9 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
True Crime as a Literary Genre with Authors Tom Brennan, Leland Hale and Glen Klinkhart. Tom Brennan  (Dead Man’s Dancer: The Mechele Linehan Story), Glen Klinkhart  (Finding Bethany), and Leland Hale (Butcher Baker) come together to discuss their work and challenges writing True Crime books. 

Saturday, January 16 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Lael Morgan and Marthy Johnson present How to Write and Sell Books. Lael Morgan is an accomplished author, teacher, journalist and publisher. With Kent Sturgis she established Epicenter Press, a major publisher of Alaska titles with more than 175 books covering Alaska history, biographies, aviation, humor, true crime, mystery, dog mushing, Alaska Native themes. Marthy Johnson is a freelance copy editor, writing instructor, and author of the reference book Write & Wrong and the recently published novel Break Point Down: Game Over

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. Note, there is free parking at UAA on Saturdays. For more information contact Rachel Epstein at 786-4782 or For a look at future events see

Nature and Travel Writing Class
Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a 12-week nature and travel writing class beginning Jan. 27 in the Sierra Club office downtown. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240. To sign up for this Wednesday night class (7 to 9:30 p.m.), or for more information, contact Sherwonit at 245-0283 or Further information about the teacher is also available at


We hope to see you at the next installation of The Living Room: Stories for Grownups, to be held Friday, Jan. 8 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 or text Monica 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

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

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