John Straley: You Need All The Friends You Can Get

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Writers tend to be a whiney lot. At least I have been in my time, particularly when it comes to the subject of publishers: they don’t appreciate me, they are too big, they are too small, they don’t promote my book, it goes on and on and on… The only time we truly love them is the first week after … Read More

Weekly Roundup of News and Events

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Frank Soos teaches the Art of the Essay We were delighted by the announcement that Frank Soos has been selected to serve as the next Alaska Writer Laureate. Frank has worked with many of our writers over the last year, helping them to to develop their work and ‘the art of the essay.’ He has become a much loved member … Read More

John Straley: Why Should We Celebrate?

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The final post in this month’s series from guest author John Straley. I would like to make something clear from the last post. It takes me four times as long to revise something as it does to write the draft. That’s how I figure out how long to spend working during the revising stage. The discipline for rough draft writing … Read More

John Straley: The Paperwork

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Here is the third post from July guest author John Straley.  I once heard Robert Hass, before he was the Poet Laureate of the United States, say  “Being a writer would be great, if it wasn’t for all the damn paperwork.”  So we have inevitably come to writing the cursed book.  In the earlier blog entries I discussed some aspects of … Read More

John Straley: Staring Into the Fire

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Here is the second post from July guest author John Straley. As he told us in his first post, “I thought I would write about craft questions I have never taught or lectured on before…and I hope to respond to questions that may come in over the month and enter into a dialogue with any of you who are reading … Read More

Featured Author: John Straley

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John Straley I thought I would write about craft questions I have never taught or lectured on before. I’m going to keep my posts short and I hope to respond to questions that may come in over the month of July and enter into a dialogue with any of you who are reading these posts.  I’m going to start before … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Round-Up

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Thank you to author and columnist Elise Patkotak, who closed our spring Reading & Craft Talk last night at Great Harvest Bread Company by sharing her wit, wisdom—and serious side, as well as talking about her experiences with self-publishing. Thank you too to the couple dozen people who forsook the sunny spring evening outisde to support our author! Once again, … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Photo courtesy of Christina Whiting First of all, we’d like to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in last Friday’s Write-a-thon – a great time was had by all at Snow City Café as you created new work and raised money for 49 Writers! We’ll have a full report for you next week.  Special thanks go to MC Jonathan Bower for handling … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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What a week it has been! Multiple literary events to launch our spring season and a multitude of literary friends turning out for classes and author readings. It feels so good to reconnect with our community. First thanks go to the warm and wonderful Camille Dungy for her excellent poetry class, “How to Write a Poem: Make a List.” We … Read More