Jeremy Pataky | Our Creative Community

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I left McCarthy late last week, Juneau-bound for 49 Writers meetings. With other stops along the way, it’s proven to be an inspiring whirlwind. I head back to the Wrangells filled up by this huge place full of creative, hardworking artists, where even the distances that separate us are wild and beautiful. I arrived in Anchorage after the release party … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Visiting With AQR, Featuring Peggy Shumaker

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Throughout the next few months, we’ll be featuring excerpts of writing by Alaskans who’ve been published in Alaska Quarterly Review. AQR is published by the University Alaska Anchorage and is without a doubt one of the nation’s best literary magazines, as noted by The Washington Post Book World. Each issue of AQR is rich with fine writing and social consequence. … Read More

How We’re Making Our Way in the Big World of Books

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Four years ago, it was nothing more than a good idea: set aside one week a year to celebrate Alaska books. With the help of some incredible volunteers and the support of generous sponsors, Alaska Book Week was born. When we first began, we timed the week-long celebration so as not to conflict with the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Juneau participants in Autogeography writing workshop with Sherry Simpson What a week it’s been, taking our Crosscurrents Southeast program of author events and creative writing classes to Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan and connecting with writers and lovers of books in the rainforest region of the state (yes, it has rained every single day but that hasn’t diminished our enthusiasm). The … Read More

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Photo by Sean Mattison We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché will teach at this year’s Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, Sept. 5-7, 2014. Do consider joining us for an intensive, generative weekend workshop, “Writing on Tutka Bay: New Poems, New Passages.” This year’s retreat is designed for poets and memoirists who want to write new work and learn … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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49 Writers members get creative at Tutka Bay Lodge Coming down from last weekend’s Tutka Bay Writers Retreat (for it really is a literary high), we are grateful to all the writers who participated, experimented, shared their work, and connected with new friends in Alaska’s writing community. Retreat leader Ron Carlson provided so many ways to think about and buckle … Read More

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We are proud to announce another Crosscurrents literary weekend, coming up April 28 and 29 in Kodiak. Thanks to support from the Alaska Humanities Forum and our amazing local partners, Kodiak College and the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, 49 Writers is bringing Eva Saulitis (Into Great Silence) to Kodiak for a series of events that coincide with the annual Whale … Read More

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Tonight’s main event: First Friday, April 5, 7:00pm, Crosscurrents with visiting writer Nancy Zafris and Fairbanks author Frank Soos at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (7th Avenue entrance), who will discuss The Short Story: Alive and Well? Check out Nancy’s blog post earlier this week about Stories That Matter. There is still one slot left for Nancy’s class this … Read More

Linda: Writers in the World

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The faculty at this year’s Kachemak Bay Writers Conference wasted no time in challenging participants with the big questions. At the opening dinner keynote speaker Barry Lopez asked us to consider the role of a writer in “an imperiled world,” as he characterized the condition of our planet, given the current political, economic, and environmental reality. He exhorted us to … Read More

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Today is the day! If you’ve been meaning to submit a fall workshop proposal, the deadline of June 1 has arrived. We know there are many potential instructors out there, in addition to the writers who have taught high quality workshops for us in past literary seasons (who we hope will considering submitting again). If you are new to teaching … Read More