Guest Blogger Cinthia Ritchie | Dazzled by the Past

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When I was in fourth grade, there was a fat girl in my class. She wore glasses that slid down her nose and hair that hung lank and she had breasts (breasts!) when the rest of the girls in the class wore undershirts with one pink flower embroidered in the middle (bought two for a dollar by our thrifty mothers … Read More

Cinthia Ritchie: Pay It Forward and Thank a Writer

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Cinthia Ritchie In the spirit of gratitude as we look forward to Thanksgiving, here’s a popular post on giving back, first published in 2009, by author Cinthia Richie. Growing up, I read all the time. I read while riding my horse and when I was supposed to be feeding the calves. I read during baling harvest and on the long … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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This week we launched our annual membership drive, with the goal of bringing many new supporters into the 49 Writers community. If you follow this blog and enjoy reading the wide variety of posts by regular and guest bloggers, please consider making a financial commitment to the organization. Because we are a community-based nonprofit, your contributions play a vital role … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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There’s still time to sign up for our fall classes in Anchorage, which start next week at 645 West 3rd Avenue. Click here for more information and to register. Art of the Essay with Frank Soos is now full and we have started a wait list in case of cancellation. Creating and Sustaining an Effective Writing Group with Debbie LaFleiche, Saturday, Oct. 5, … Read More

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We are excited to offer two special events this weekend featuring Homer author Eva Saulitis, who recently published Into Great Silence, described as “a moving portrait of the interconnectedness of humans with animals and place—and of the responsibility we have to protect them.” Tonight, Friday, March 22, 7pm, the Alaska Quarterly Review and 49 Writers are co-hosting a Reading & … Read More

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Seth Kantner and Loussac director Mary Jo Torgeson, photo courtesy of Lila Vogt It was wonderful to see such a strong turnout for the two 49 Writers events at the Anchorage Reads celebration last Saturday. Thank you to the Anchorage Public Library for initiating the collaboration and to our fantastic guest authors who volunteered their services to teach a workshop … Read More

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Debby Dahl Edwardson and Alan Heathcock engage in a conversation about Writing on the Edge Our first Crosscurrents literary weekend in Barrow was a great success all round. Featured author Alan Heathcock, who gave readings in Homer and Fairbanks prior to heading for the Arctic, could not have been more enthusiastic about his visit to the Top of the World. We … Read More

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How can it be February already? The year is racing by. But that’s because so much good stuff is happening in the literary realm. Yesterday 49 Writers was privileged to provide judges for the Anchorage School District round of Poetry Out Loud 2013. A wonderful way to close the door on January. Thanks go to Linda’s fellow judges – poets … Read More

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It was standing room only at Bill Streever’s Reading & Craft Talk on Wednesday night at Great Harvest Bread Company. New York Times best-selling author Streever (Cold) discussed the writing process for his just-published book Heat, from inspiration to final edits, and made a persuasive case for the endnote. We were delighted to see such a great turnout from an … Read More