Deb Vanasse | Go, Team! Why You Might Want a Writing Coach

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  Ah, the Olympics. A welcome distraction this time of year—athletes displaying their best efforts, coaches cheering them on. Writers, too, have their coaches—fellow writers, literary agents, editors who acquire their manuscripts. In lieu of these – or more often, to supplement them – some hire coaches. Why hire a writing coach? The most straightforward reason would be that within … Read More

Literary Roundup | January 25-February 8, 2018

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Stay tuned! We’ll announce most of our own upcoming classes and events soon, plus some special new projects… SOUTHCENTRAL HOMER | Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6 pm | HOME is a Four-Letter Word: A Literary Reading at the Homer Public Library celebrating the release of This is the Place, an anthology of women writing about home. Miranda Weiss is featured in the collection and is … Read More

Deb Vanasse | The Grounded Writer

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These are stressful times. More than ever, we creative types need grounding. By the dictionary, being grounded results in balance and stability. But I think of it more in terms of process, connecting with whatever it is that helps me to be in the moment when I write. Author John Straley talks of warming up to writing like a slow … Read More

Dawnell Smith | Opening in 2018: The Writer’s Block

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By Dawnell Smith (and on behalf of her Block partners: Vered Mares, Teeka Ballas, Kathy McCue) In the fall of 2015, we walked into the Adults Only sex store on Spenard Road in Anchorage to lay the groundwork for building a community bookstore art space and cafe. The property held not just a storied past, but the stories of people … Read More

Deb Vanasse | Writer, Interrupted

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Last week, my husband and I made a trip we didn’t want to make, back to the Midwest to visit a friend who’s failing fast with early-onset Alzheimer’s. A good visit, but under incredibly sad circumstances. You’ve made trips like that, too, for all sorts of reasons. Life doesn’t stop. We make room. I hauled my laptop and notes for … Read More

Deb Vanasse | Hazards in the High Beams

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Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.  E. L. Doctorow I hate driving at night. Give me daylight, sunshine. Let me see where I’m headed. But that’s not the province of a writer. Whenever I’m in the final throes of … Read More

Statewide Alaska Reads Program 2017-18

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Fairbanks Arts Association (Fairbanks, AK), in partnership with Alaska Center for the Book (Anchorage, AK), have announced that the featured selection for the 2017-2018 statewide Alaska Reads program is Steam Laundry, by Fairbanks poet Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author. The initiative began in 2015 … Read More