49 Writers Weekly Round-up

If you’d like to propose a course for our Spring 2013
Literary Season, check out our instructor guidelines at www.49writingcenter.org /get involved
 and fill out the easy online course proposal form by November 16. We are always looking
for faculty with a strong writing and teaching background and we encourage you
to submit your ideas for consideration.
One day left to register for Writing Wrongs (Creative
Nonfiction with Jonathan Bower) on Saturday, November 3 and 10 and, in Juneau, Writing in the Rain (Amy O’Neill
Houck), November 3, 10 & 17.
We have two more Reading & Craft Talks scheduled at
Great Harvest Bread Company before the end of this year. On November 14, 7:00 pm, Kaylene Johnson
will share her thoughts on “The Art of Nonfiction: A Discussion of Writing
Biography, History, and Memoir” and on December
3, 7:00 pm
, celebrated Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon will bring us “Stirring
Words” – a discussion of how she brings all things culinary to the table and to
her writing. Food is a compelling subject and often a creative vehicle for
setting scene, describing culture, and crafting memoir.
This is a reminder that back in August we announced a great
opportunity for an Alaskan writer. Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit
organization serving creative writers, is inviting Alaskan writers to apply for
 2013 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. The deadline is December 1, 2012.
F Magazine has announced its 3rd Annual Youth
Arts Competition, including a statewide youth writing competition. The winner
receives a scholarship and airfare to the 2013 Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp. More
at the F Magazine website. The contest
deadline is January 20, 2013.

The Alaska Quarterly Review First Friday Series will be hosted by Jitters Café (11401 Old Glenn Hwy, Eagle River, AK) on Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The featured readings are selections from the Fall 2012 30th Anniversary edition of the Alaska Quarterly Review. Musical Guest will be the UAA 2:30 Jazz Combo. Sponsored by the Alaska Quarterly Review, the AQR First Friday Series brings together creative voices in visual, performing and literary arts.

Friday November 2, 7pm,
this year’s Dead Writers reading and raffle
will take place at the Blue Loon, Fairbanks. The event, now in its 22nd year,
features performances by professors, students and community members dressed as
famous deceased writers, with door prizes awarded between each reading. The
proceeds of the event are in support of the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers
Series, which brings world-renowned authors to UAF to perform readings of their
work for the university and Fairbanks community free of charge. 
Tickets for the event will be available at the
door beginning at
6pm. Admission
costs are $12 for attendees with a Polar Express card, or $15 for general
admission. Cost of admission also includes a raffle ticket. For more
information, contact Ryan Bateman at (907) 539 7360 or

Saturday November 3, 7pm, as part of Fairbanks Arts Association’s Literary
Reading Series, Jody Hassel Sally Rafson, and Michele Robinson will present
their work. Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park,
2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks.

On November 7, 7:30 pm, the Island Institute in Sitka is hosting its third Writers Read event at the YAW Chapel on Sheldon Jackson Campus. Come and support local writers Elena Gustafson, Kathy Ingallinera, Steve Langhorst, Rebecca Pouson, and Greg Reynolds. Refreshments provided. 

Thursday, November 8, 5-7pm, the UAA Bookstore presents “Our
Next Stage: The Alaskan Playwrights Project.” See the Bookstore’s website for more details. Free and open to everyone.

On November 9, 7:00 pm at the Wood Center in Fairbanks, the UAF Midnight Sun Visiting Writers series will host a reading by Kim Barnes and Robert Wrigley.

Monica Devine will be signing her new children’s book, Kayak Girl (Univ. of Alaska Press), at the following venues in November: REI in Anchorage, on Tues., Nov. 13, from 6-8 pm and Fireside Books in Palmer, on Sat., Nov. 17 from 11:30 am-2:3- pm. 

Women of Words, a weekly writers group, is looking for new members. Our group has been active for three years but we’ve recently lost several people who moved Outside. We are a small and informal group, and we consider supporting each other in our writing endeavors as important as doing critiques of each others’ work. Most, but not all, of our members have been published. We are looking for a few intermediate or advanced writers, and possibly one or two beginners. Nonfiction (including memoir), fiction, and poetry welcome. Contact Stephanie at sajody@gmail.com.

out Geoff Kirsch’s article offering tips for writing about yourself and in
general, in the Juneau Empire this week. 
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