It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and you’ll feel fine)

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Are you going to be in Anchorage on Thursday, April 7? Why not join 49 Writers at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum, for a Crosscurrents event entitled “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” featuring award-winning novelists Benjamin Percy and Don Rearden. Ben Percy and Don Rearden will discuss writing fiction that tackles big subjects without sacrificing high … Read More

Weekly Roundup of News and Events

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The 49 Writers elves are hard at work behind the scenes in their quest to bring you the gift of a sensational spring season! We will announce the full schedule here next week and open registration on December 28. Meanwhile, we can tell you that the lineup includes a new course in spiritual writing from Kathleen Tarr, whose class two … Read More

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Upcoming events at 49 Writers Friday Dec. 12, 7pm: Jimmy Riordan presents Le Roman du Lievre (The Romance of the Rabbit). We’re excited to announce another unique opportunity for the Juneau 49 Writers community in the form of a potluck event hosted by Sarah Isto (1718 Willow Avenue).  In 2008 Jimmy Riordan translated the French poet Francis Jammes’ turn of the century … Read More

Deb: Indies First Saturday, Nov. 29

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I know, I know. The holidays are coming up way too fast. It’s the season of gratitude, and yet your mind is all caught up in that holiday gift-giving extravaganza that begins…well, let’s not go there. This year, how about mixing it up, gratitude with gift list, by showing some love to your favorite independent bookshop? On Saturday, Nov. 29, … Read More

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Are you our next Executive Director? Applications close at 5pm today. 49 Writers is seeking a visionary and detail-oriented executive director to take over from Linda Ketchum when she departs Alaska to travel and write. For the job description and information on how to apply, visit the 49 Writers website or click the logo at the top of the blog sidebar. Flexible hours … Read More

Don Rearden: Creating Complex and Conflicted Characters

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Wondering how to make the characters in your story “developed” or real? Then start with reality. The reality is that we as humans have deep seated needs, wants, and often hidden desires. So too must our characters if they are to somehow come to life on the page and become important and memorable to our readers. Kurt Vonnegut said it … Read More

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Could this be you?? One more week left to apply! 49 Writers is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic executive director to fill the shoes of current leader Linda Ketchum, when she departs for distant shores at the end of this year. For the job description and information on how to apply, go to the 49 Writers website or click the logo at the … Read More

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Tired of working conventional hours? Yearn for the flexibility of working from home or your favorite coffee shop? Dream of meeting and getting to know respected Alaskan writers and distinguished visiting authors? Have we got the job for you! 49 Writers is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic executive director to fill the shoes of current leader Linda Ketchum, when she departs … Read More

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A Message from Don Rearden, 49 Writers Board President It’s hard for me to believe that five years ago I sat across from Andromeda Romano-Lax and Deb Vanasse at a Kaladi Brothers table, sipping a mocha, listening to them pitch to me their shared vision for a statewide writing organization. Already over my head with work and my own writing … Read More

Deb: Life into Story

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Whenever I hear the latest update on the ebola outbreak, I think of Don Rearden. I can’t help it. In his novel The Raven’s Gift, he wrote about the devastation brought on by a deadly disease that spins out of control. Sure, his book is fiction, and at that time he wrote it, he was thinking bird flu, but the … Read More