49 Writers Interview: Volunteer Jennifer Walker

Tell us a little about yourself, Jen.

I an aspiring writer who needs to do way more seat time and on my good days I also teach 8th graders language arts.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the 49 Alaska Writing Center/ Raven Place?

I took some of Deb & Andromeda’s writing workshops and really loved the support, encouragement and sage advice I received. As someone new to Alaska I also wanted to be a part of the Anchorage community. I love writing, so this seemed like a good place to start. I am infinitely grateful that I did.

What’s one of the highlights of your involvement so far?

Listening to Heather Lende at the Raven Place opening. All of the encouragement I’ve received so far from published authors has been tremendous.

What are some of your own literary interests or activities?

I am a passionate reader and am enjoying adding the new dimension of Alaskan authors to reading list! How are there so many great books out there that I’d never been exposed to before?

What’s the last great book I read?

Legend of a Suicide by David Vann.

When I picture a writing center 10 years from now, what do you imagine?

There is so much potential here I get excited just thinking about it! I envision sites throughout the state that host writing classes, workshops, author readings and provide space for writing groups and Alaskan book clubs to meet. An epicenter of writing energy that ripples throughout our state into the world beyond.

2 thoughts on “49 Writers Interview: Volunteer Jennifer Walker”

  1. Andromeda Romano-Lax

    Yay, Jen! Just hearing about your positive experiences and your future vision gives me a huge boost. Thanks for all your volunteer work.

  2. Great blog, great. I'm reading Leaving Resurrection, by Eva Saulitis, and The Kids from Nowhere, by George Guthridge (I bought a signed copy in Alaska). We've just been there (my first time, my life-partner's third), and I'm blogging about the life-expanding, truly life-changing experience. I'm so glad I found your blog. Because of its quality, I know I'll return often. Thanks, peace and all good things for you in creativity and in life.

    Diane Solis

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