Friday, February 12, 2016

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for February 12

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

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


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!

Poetry Parley
Next Wednesday, 2/17, at 6:30 pm, Anchorage writer and poet, Karen Tschannen, will be featured at Poetry Parley.  Karen has selected Pattiann Rogers as the marquee poet, whose works will be read by those assembled.  The Writer's Block will host the event at 3956 Spenard St.   The parking is great. 

Book Signing at the Anchorage Museum
Debbie Moderow will discuss and sign her new book, Fast Into the Night, at the Anchorage Museum on Friday, March 4, 7:00 pm.

Events at the UAA Bookstore



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


Generative Writing Retreat
Friday March 11-Sunday March 13 at the Shrine of St. Therese Main Lodge in Juneau.
Join us for a lovely retreat that will foster time to write in your busy lives.

Bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Participants will be paired to host a meal for the group (hosting includes planning, purchasing the food, and preparation). Bring your own coffee, tea, and snacks.

Details: No Instructor, Participant Led/ Private Rooms (limit of ten). If participants would like to share rooms, great! There is no discount for sharing rooms.

Cost: $100 for Members. Register at

Woosh Kinaadeiyí OPEN MIC
The first Open Mic will take place at GonZo, this month! Bring your poems, your guitars, your monologues, your one woman magic show hula hoop routines and join us for an all ages, all abilities event next week. 

Woosh Kinaadeiyí OPEN MIC, Friday, February 19th, 6:30 pm (sign up at 6), GonZo (11806 Glacier Highway in Auke Bay).



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. For more information or to register, go to:

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,

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

The Astoria, OR FisherPoets Gathering is coming up soon!  Please join a collection of storytellers and musicians in various venues in Astoria, Oregon for the festival readings  February 26-28.  The schedule is available for review--you'll note many Alaska-based fishermen and writers as well as readers from the Pacific North West and beyond.  A fun event that presents the lifestyle and culture of fishermen with an array of voices and experience.  Check out the website for more details:

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