Friday, February 26, 2016

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for February 26

Every week, as I compile the Roundup I find myself in the difficult position of accepting to miss out some of the events offered to us. I take this as a good sign. Here are some exciting events offered to us by a vibrant community.

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.

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!

Curated Conversations: Talking Translation  
Friday, February 26, 2016, 6:30 pm at the Anchorage Museum
Kathleen McCoy will moderate this cross-disciplinary conversation on the subject of language and translation. Panelists Alice Rearden, Jimmy Riordan, Guillame LeDuey and Barb Sappah will discuss their diverse practices--from art to oral history and language preservation--exploring various interpretations and applications of translation and the fluidity of language. The musical group Pamyua will contribute to the panel, exploring the topic through song.  

Events at the UAA Bookstore

UAA Bookstore Events Return Home:  March 1, 2016
With new chairs, new carpet, new lights, new ideas for open minds.

Tuesday, March 1 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore  
Writing Other People’s Memoir with Alaskan Authors Charles Wohlforth, Debra McKinney and Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan.
At this event, the numerous challenges faced in co-writing another’s life story are addressed.  Charles Wohlforth co-authored To Russia With Love, An Alaskan’s Journey  (Victor Fischer);  Debra McKinney co-authored Beyond the Bear How I Learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a Bear  (Dan Bigley) ,  and Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan   co- authored Canyons and Ice, the Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith  and  Our Perfect WildRay and Barbara Bane's Journeys and the Fate of the Far North. 
There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, the West Campus Central Lot (behind Rasmuson Hall), the Sports Lot and the Sports NW Lot. 

Saturday, March 5, 1:30pm – 3:30pm at UAA Campus Bookstore.
Alaskan Anthologies with Frank Soos, Marybeth Holleman, Bill Sherwonit, Wayne Mergler and Cheryl Lovegreen
Great stories and great literature come to mind when describing “The Greatland” known as Alaska. Alaskan editors, authors and writers discuss the role anthologies have had in introducing Alaska to Alaskans and the world. Anthologies and editors include: • Under Northern Lights: Writers and Artists View the Alaskan Landscape, Frank Soos • Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment , Marybeth Holleman: • The Last New Land : Stories of Alaska, Past and Present, Wayne Mergler: • Denali: A Literary Anthology; Alaska Ascents; and Travelers' Tales Alaska, Bill Sherwonit: • Anchorage Remembers: A Century of Tales, Cheryl Lovegreen (coordinator)

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


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

Juneau CIRQUE reading
Cirque editor Sandy Kleven is traveling to Juneau for a reading that will feature ten contributors from the region.  The event will be held, March 1, 6:30 pm at the Hanger Ballroom at the Wharf.  Readers include poets Emily Wall and Sarah Isto and music from the local band Full Circle Students.  Free event.  No host bar.  Donations at the door. 



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 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

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:

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

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

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