Guest Blogger Nancy Lord | Do Characters Need to be Likable?

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Do characters need to be likable? This is an age-old question that frequently comes up in fiction writing. Does your narrator or main character need to be likeable? If he or she is not likeable, will readers turn away from your story, or at best find it less appealing than they otherwise might? The short answer that those of us … Read More

Guest Blogger Nancy Lord | Wild Writing Residencies

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A few years ago Marybeth Holleman and I put together a panel for an AWP (Associated Writers and Writing Programs) conference that we called “Wild Writing Residencies.” With three other writers from around the country, we discussed our experiences with a variety of artist-in-residence programs that take place in national parks and other “wild” places. These kinds of residencies would … Read More

Nancy Lord | The Need for Science Writing

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Homer writer Nancy Lord is the author of ten books of environmentally-related writing, including the new novel pH. She served as the Alaska Writer Laureate from 2008-10 and teaches for the University of Alaska Anchorage and Johns Hopkins University.

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for May 6

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EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE Story Works Alaska: Youth Storytelling Saturday, May 7th, 2016, 7pm at 49th State Brewing Company Theatre 717 W 3rd Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501  Hear students from all across Anchorage share their wonderful stories on stage! Purchase tickets here. All proceeds benefit future story workshops beyond Anchorage. For questions please contact regan@storyworksak.org or blairanneh@gmail.com.  The Salmon Project is a co-sponsor for … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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Best wishes of the season to all our blog followers! We hope your winter break with family and friends is both relaxing and restoring.As the year draws to a close, take a moment to put our January events on your calendar. On January 1, we open registration for our spring semester. Although spring might seem rather remote from current reality, … Read More

Ode to a Dead Salmon – your choice

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We have a winner! Our readers have spoken, and “One fish, two fish, red fish, more red fish” surged ahead in the final few days to win this year’s Ode to a Dead Salmon contest. This fishy homage to Dr. Seuss captured the spirit of the challenge to produce clever bad writing with a distinctly Alaskan flavor, and clearly secured … Read More

The latest AQR, a stunning anniversary issue: Guest-post by Nancy Lord

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Originally planned for posting tomorrow, we bumped this up because it relates to a special event taking place tonight, April 18. Thanks to Nancy Lord for the review. The University of Alaska Anchorage at the the Alaska Humanities Forum celebrate 30 years of Alaska Quarterly Review’s excellence with a special program Wednesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Anchorage … Read More