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

Noteworthy—David Vann

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Among our favorite ex-pat Alaskans, David Vann recently released the book he deems his best, Goat Mountain. Booklist agrees, calling it “his finest, most contemplative work to date.” As the starred review in Library Journal notes, “Alaska-born Vann experienced catastrophic family violence in his past, and his work has returned to this theme again and again, this being his most … Read More

Deb: The Writer’s Dilemma

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Do not hurry, do not rest. ~Goethe Most of my writing life has been a waste of time. I mean this in the nicest possible way. An efficiency expert would produce a dismal report on the ratio of a writer’s time expended against her productive output. If money is factored in, the report turns even more dismal. Of the words … Read More

Faces of 49 Writers: Lucian Childs

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Until six years ago, I was a dabbler, never taking my writing seriously. Winter of 2005, I got the bug. Bad. When I finished that first (and probably last) novel two years later, I found I had a second job, so engrained had the daily writing schedule become. To spur me on, I started attending the Saturday morning critique group … Read More

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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Tired of your characters getting trampled by moose? Dramatic tension got you down? Are you being swallowed by setting?  Looking for a different sort of literary challenge? Perhaps you’re the next Executive Director of the 49 Writers…or if not you, perhaps you know someone who could be.  For a full job description and information on how to apply, go to http://www.49writingcenter.org and … Read More

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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Our thanks to screenwriter Dave Hunsaker for leading a great Screenwriters Roundtable this week, and Bill McCallister of KTUU-TV for covering the event.  Look for more fun as we hit a midsummer’s peak at 49 Writers, with the launching of our Third Annual Ode to a Dead Salmon contest on July 19 and a staff of teen writers developing their … Read More

Andromeda: David Vann wins major French literary award

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It was exciting enough news when he was shortlisted. But today we found out that David Vann, Legend of a Suicide author and good friend to 49 writers, won the Prix Medicis etranger, a prize given to a top non-French author, putting him in good company with past American winners Dave Eggers, Philip Roth, T.C. Boyle, and Paul Auster, among … Read More

Andromeda: Photos from the David Vann talk at Metro Books

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I think anyone who attended last Thursday’s 49 Writers-sponsored talk by David Vann at Metro Music and Books will agree: we never expected that a guy who writes about suicide and murder-suicide to be so darn gregarious and funny! David Vann was a great speaker, and we can’t wait for his next book, Caribou Island, to come out in January … Read More

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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The Fall Literary Season is launching — grab a seat and get on board. (Yes, the type above is small, but just had to show off this fantastic flyer which you’ll be seeing around town, designed for us by fantastic volunteer Mariah Oxford, just one of many 49ers we couldn’t live without.)First up: It’s your turn to learn with a … Read More