Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for January 29

It’s time to sign up for classes that start in February and March!!!!! And don't miss February 5th's CrossCurrents Event: Who Owns the Story? More details below.

2016 Class Schedule
Registration for 2016 classes and workshops has started. Description, details, and registration on our website.  Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

Writing from Historical Research taught by Kate Partridge
February 13 and 27, 9am-noon

Mini Memoirs: Let’s Do Some Writing! taught by Judith Conte
February 20-21 and 27-28, 1-3pm

What Women Want taught by Martha Amore
March 3, 6-9pm

“THE END!” Writing Good Endings and Achieving Closure taught by Alyse Knorr
March 5, 6-9pm

Writing with Anna Akhmatova taught by Olga Livshin and Kathleen Tarr
March 12 and 19, 9am-1pm

Forms of Poetry taught by Alyse Knorr
April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 6-9pm

Effectively Use Microsoft Word to Publish your Book to Kindle taught by Lara Madden
April 7, 6-9pm

Set Your Fiction on Fire taught by Kim Heacox
April 13, 6-9pm

Confusing the Censor: Nurturing Receptive Mind taught by Peter Kaufmann and Wendy Erd
April 8 6:30-8:30pm, April 9 9am-noon & 1-4pm

Walking the Line by Susanna Mishler
January 30, 9am-noon

Everything I Can Teach You About Humor Writing in 3 Hours by Geoff Kirsch
February 4, 6-9pm

Set Your Fiction on Fire taught by Kim Heacox
April 18, 6-9pm

Flash Fiction taught by Katey Schultz
4 week asynchronous (12 hours minimum) – one optional video chat – fiction
February 29-April 3

Flashbacks Without Whiplash: Managing Time in Fiction by Andromeda Romano-Lax
Asynchronous online class
April 4-25


CrossCurrents: Who Owns the Story?
February 5 at 7pm at Anchorage Museum

From the National Book Award-winning short story collection Redeployment by Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay, to acclaimed novels written by civilians like Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; writers are tackling the difficult topic of war and doing it well. But does war as a topic of literature “belong” to veterans any more than it does non-veterans? Is there room for depictions outside of combat? What defines “the experience?”

Join us, to hear and be heard, for a discussion with Sherry Simpson (The Dominion of Bears), Benjamin Busch (Dust to Dust), Elliott Ackerman (Green on Blue) and Lea Carpenter (Eleven Days). These four distinguished authors from both military and civilian backgrounds will share thoughts and answer questions in a Crosscurrents event that will kick off “Danger Close: Alaska,” the state’s first writing workshop aimed at uniting veteran and civilian writers in the production of high-quality literature.

Cirque Launch
Tom Sexton and Elizabeth L Thompson will be among the readers tomorrow night as CIRQUE, 7.1 is launched.  Venus Transit, formerly of JazzFest, will be performing to poetry with that mix of music and movement for which they are known - but more than that, a collection of creatives are transforming the peep show booths of the former Adults Only establishment. This event is the first to occupy the premises bringing it into the light with work that will arouse deeper urges celebrating love, lust and literature.  
Join the Occupation!  Doors open at 5 pm. 3956 Spenard Road. Anchorage.

Savor the Rising Word Broadside Invitational
Members of 49 Writers and past or present participants in 49 Writers workshops are invited to submit poetry broadsides for display at Great Harvest Bread Co. throughout the month of April 2016 in honor of National Poetry Month. Featured poets will be encouraged to read their works during a public event at the bakery at a date and time to be determined. Broadsides in the exhibit will be available for sale and proceeds will be donated to 49 Writers; those not sold will be retained by 49 Writers for future displays or events.

Details: Broadly defined, a poetry broadside combines the words of a poem with visual imagery. Though often printed on a letterpress or in other printmaking media, for purposes of this exhibit we will include any presentation that combines original poetry and original artwork (including photos) on thick paper (at least cardstock weight) no greater than 14” x 18” in size. Collaborative poet/artist pieces and collage pieces are welcome as long as they do not exceed the size limit.

Deadline: Monday, March 28, 2016. Submissions should be well wrapped in an envelope or paper and mailed or delivered by this date to the following address:
Great Harvest Bread Co. Attn: Barbara Hood
570 East Benson, Suite 22 Anchorage, AK 99503

Please make sure your name(s) appear on the piece and include a completed Entry Form with your submission. All entrants will receive a coupon for a free loaf of bread and heartfelt gratitude. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your creative work and support a great cause!

Please contact Barbara at or 907-301-5362. Thanks!
Events at the UAA Bookstore

Friday, January 29 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307

Chilkoot Charlie’s Mike Gordon:  Learning the Ropes
Mike Gordon, of Chilkoot Charlie's fame, shares stories about his life, Alaska, mountain climbing and personal challenges.  From arriving in Seward in 1953, to creating an internationally known nightclub, to summiting the highest mountains on six continents, to finishing a Master’s degree at Alaska Pacific University, to keeping a marriage of thirty-two years, Mike Gordon life seems idyllic.  However, underneath his quite public successes are stories that acknowledge the many low places in his life and include how he ultimately manages to face his personal demons and put his priorities in order. 
There is free parking at UAA on Fridays.   

Saturday, February 6 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Historian Ian Hartman presents his book In the Shadow of Boone and Crockett: Race, Culture, and the Politics of Representation in the Upland South, where he explores American race theories concerning people of the upland South (southern Appalachia to the Ozarks).
He describes how the eugenics movement “sought to regenerate and purify a once proud but now impoverished and degraded people through policies that included forced sterilization.”  He also explores how the contradictory identity of the upland South affected national debates about imperialism, poverty and inequality,
Ian C. Hartman is an assistant professor of History at UAA.  
There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays. 

Monday, February 8 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Ernestine Saankalaxt’ Hayes presents “Writing, Rewriting, and Publication:  Before and After Blonde Indian
Ernestine Saankalaxt’ Hayes belongs to the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Eagle side of the Lingit nation.  Her memoir Blonde Indian: an Alaska Native Memoir received the American Book Award in 2007 and is the 2016 Alaska Reads selection.
According to Jonas Lamb (Juneau Empire), Blonde Indian “ celebrates Tlingit culture, the strong connection between the people, this magnificent land, the animals and the spirits, it also brings to light the historic and contemporary fallout of colonialism and racism.  The structure of the book will challenge many and the content will confront others, but all readers will find they are changed by the experience.”

Ernestine Saankalaxt’ Hayes received her MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Arts from UAA and is an assistant professor of English at UAS. 
This event is sponsored by the Alaska Center for the Book and the UAA Campus Bookstore.
There is free parking for this event in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot and the East Parking Garage.

Local Library Events
Book Signings

Shut Up and Write! 
Taking the writing experience from solitary to social.
Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm, February 4 to March 10 in Homer
Alice's Champagne Palace, upstairs
No critiquing, exercises, lectures, ego, competition or feeling guilty, just a place to show up, shut up, and work on your writing projects in the company of other writers.
No fees or registration, just fun!
Contact Christina Whiting for more information: 907-435-7969

Join the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and writers Tele Aadsen and Miranda Weiss for a storytelling workshop for young fishermen! The best spokespeople for Alaska's fisheries are those that live in the thick of it — those that know the rhythm of a North Pacific ground swell and the joy of bringing wild fish from ocean to table. Come and learn more about how you can speak for the way of life and the fisheries you love. Learn how to use your voice to shape a strong future for our coastal communities and the fish they depend on, listen to others' stories, and leave impassioned to speak for Alaska's next generation of fishermen.

This is a free 3-hour workshop, taking place in Juneau at 9 a.m. January 30, the Saturday morning following the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit. We will meet at the Catholic Church in downtown Juneau (416 5th Street). Coffee, snacks and writing materials provided. 
To check out more on the awesome workshop leaders visit their blogs and links to their work below! 
- Miranda Weiss:
- Tele Aadsen: "One woman at sea, trolling for the truth"
RSVP via the Facebook Event at:
Contact for more information: Hannah Heimbuch —



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, who 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

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:

Annual Statewide Poetry Contest
Deadline: February 1, 2016, 6:00 pm

Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA) is now accepting entries for the 22nd Annual Statewide Poetry Contest, judged by James Engelhardt. The purpose of the contest is to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high-quality poetry.

This year, FAA and KUAC are partnering to bring the poetry of the contest's winners to a larger audience; winners will be asked to record their poems for broadcast on KUAC's radio station FM 89.9 in celebration of Alaska's own poetry during National Poetry Month in April. The winners of the Statewide Poetry Contest will also be invited to read their poems alongside judge James Engelhardt at a special literary reading on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm at Fairbanks Arts Association's Bear Gallery (3rd Floor Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way).

Divisions: Awards:
Adult - 1st Place $150 | 2nd Place $100 | 3rd Place $50
High School - 1st Place $100 | 2nd Place $50 | 3rd Place $25
Elementary & Middle School - 1st Place $50 | 2nd Place $30 | 3rd Place $15

Entry Fee: Grade, Middle and High School: $3 per poem or $10/four poems.
Adults: $4 per poem or $13/four poems.

For more information about the poetry contest, click here, visit, or call 907-456-6485 ext.226.

Call for 10-Minute Plays for 2016 8X10 Festival
Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for our Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays.

Eight ten-minute plays will be given staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 22 & 23, 2016, at FDA’s Hap Ryder Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks.

Guidelines for entering scripts: Alaskan residents only. One entry per playwright. One author per play. No musicals or children’s plays. Submit 5 (five) copies of each script. Staple or paper-clip the play. DO NOT use binders or folders of any kind. Plays cannot be returned. Put playwright’s name and contact info, including phone and e-mail, on the cover (title) page. This is the only place the author’s name should appear. “Cast of Characters” page with brief character descriptions and time & place should follow cover page. Number pages beginning with the first page of dialogue. Plays should be between 8 & 12 minutes, based on one minute of playing time per page of script, 12 pt. font size, and be written in standard playwriting format. Cast size should be no more than eight actors. No electronic submissions or Express mail.

Submissions must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 15, 2016 to:
8X10 Festival
Fairbanks Drama Association/ Looking Glass Group Theatre
1852 Second Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

For more information, contact: Peggy MacDonald Ferguson, Executive Director,

Distance Critique
Get professional feedback on your writing for ADULTS, teens, or children! How does it work? Register and send your material in by due date (January; they send it to a professional literary agent who critiques and sends it back. Optional workshop to discuss critiques. Brought to you by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI, Alaska Chapter, but this critique is for writers of any content. 

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 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.
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

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 - February15, 2016 (EXTENDED). For more information visit

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