Story Works Alaska: Youth Storytelling
2016, 7pm at 49th State Brewing Company Theatre
717 W 3rd Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
students from all across Anchorage share their wonderful stories on stage! Purchase
tickets here. All proceeds benefit future story workshops beyond
questions please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
16th Annual Reading Rendezvous
Alaska Quarterly Review Book Launch Celebration
Saturday, May 14th, 7 PM | Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR) celebrates its 34th year of publication with the Spring and Summer 2016 edition dedicated to the living memory of Eva Saulitis and Marie Sheppard Williams, marvelous writers and poets whose works graced our pages many times over several decades. Peggy Shumaker and Kate Partridge are the evening’s featured poets. The program also includes music performed by Sharman Piper (oboe), Linda Ottum (cello), and Laura Koenig (flute) and commentary by Susan Derrera and Editor Ronald Spatz. More info
Thursday, May 19th, 11:30am-1:30pm, UAA Campus Bookstore
Thursday, June 9, evening show, time TBA
at Bear Tooth Theatrepub
Music by Todd Grebe & Cold Country | Tickets: $12, available May 24
(IBA) with Arctic Entries volunteers and Bear Tooth. Proceeds benefit bear
Literary Reading in the State. Every month, the public is treated to writers
reading their own work and a community meet-up where people can connect with
other lovers of literature. Readings
are held on the day after First Friday, usually the first Saturday of the month
at 7 pm. Most reading are held in the Bear Gallery in Pioneer Park, although
occasionally in the summer (June, July, and August) the weather is beautiful reading
are held outside to another spot in Pioneer Park.
Saturday, May 7th
2016, 7:00 pm at the Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts,
Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way
MAT-SU, KENAI PENINSULA
Julie LeMay | Finding Yourself in a Poem
While focusing on poetic techniques like metaphor and repetition, this workshop will use writing exercises to create poems about the self. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced poet, you’ll find this workshop a playful approach to getting some poems on the page. Open to all levels.
Session II (12:30 – 2:30 pm)
Alyse Knorr | How Shall I Begin? Starting Your Piece with a Bang
How do writers keep readers reading? What’s the best way to begin your short story, novel, memoir, or poem to set the mood, establish themes, and introduce conflict? This workshop will explore the art of beginnings, introductions, and first words. We will look at some top-notch examples, work through craft exercises, and finish class with several new beginnings and approaches to beginnings!
Session III (2:45 – 4:45 pm)
Don Rearden | The Sphere of Writing
Learn how to advance your fiction and nonfiction to the next level by giving your writing a 360-degree transformation. In this workshop you’ll be guided through a series of fun writing prompts that will help you understand and see the world your characters live in a new light. Learn how to craft complex and detailed environments and watch your characters come to life within their new realm of existence.
Panel: Julie LeMay, Alyse Knorr, Don Rearden | “You’ve Written Something, Now What?”
You’ve written your masterpiece, now what? This panel will explore the different ways to get feedback on your written work and how to decide where to submit your work for publication. We’ll discuss literary journals, agents, developmental editors, and all the behind-the-scenes work you need to accomplish between your first draft and getting your words in front of readers.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Lynn Lovegreen | Playing With Description
Good writers use description to set the scene or reveal character. We’ve all read a great line or sentence that describes perfectly, or cringed when a writer does too much or not enough. But how do we do that effectively? This workshop will explore description through reading and discussing examples, playing around with writing exercises, and finding what works for the writer in a specific audience, genre, and style.
Martha Amore | Capturing Character: The Mechanics of Writing Great Characters in Fiction and Nonfiction
Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, crafting complex and emotionally moving characters is critical to a successful piece of writing. This workshop focuses on how to develop your characters while advancing your story.
Susanna Mishler | Walking the Line
What exactly is a poetic line made of? What difference does it make where the line “breaks”? In this workshop participants will examine lines by contemporary English-language poets that are used to achieve very different effects. We will also experiment with lineation strategies and types with in-class exercises. Our exercises and guided discussion will help illuminate what makes a strong poetic line, and how an understanding of poetic lines can enhance our own writing and reading. Suitable for poets and prose writers, as well as readers, who would like to broaden their knowledge of poetic craft.
Panel Discussion (5 – 6:30 pm)
Panel: Lynn Lovegreen, Susanna Mishler, Martha Amore | Writing About Alaska Without Moose
How do you write authentically about a place that has inspired so much clichéd literature? We’ll explore how to develop written work imbued with place that doesn’t descend into overly-familiar themes and images.
Arctic Entries volunteers will help with story selection and story coaching for the show. This event will feature seven storytellers who will be selected based on the range of stories submitted – from the funny to the scary, adorable to the bizarre, and everything in between.
AWARDS, RETREATS & RESIDENCIES
|Participants of 49 Writers’
2014 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat gather
with Carolyn Forche in front of the main lodge.
Register now for the 2016 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, a 49 Writers program which will take place on September 9-11, 2016 at the fantastic Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning writer Debra Magpie Earling will lead fiction writers in an in-depth writing workshop. Emphasizing in-class writing supportiveness, collegiality, and constructive atmosphere, the engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for further work. Early registration fee is $600 for members and $650 for nonmembers. Learn more and register.