49 Writers Round Up

Be sure to take advantage of the 2012 Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading series  on the UAA Anchorage campus. UAA faculty will read and speak every evening (except July 13) through July 17, at 8:00 pm in Fine Arts 150 at UAA. Click here for a printable schedule of readings.

  • Saturday July 14: Ernestine Hayes, Sean O’Grady, Carolyn Turgeon
  • Sunday July 15: Anne Caston, Craig Childs
  • Monday July 16: David Stevenson David Kranes
  • Tuesday July 17: Sherry Simpson, Andromeda Romano-Lax

We would like to remind you too about the upcoming statewide Pitchapalooza events being organized by Craig Public Library. We are working with them to identify an Anchorage location to connect via the Alaska OWL Project and will update you next week. Meanwhile, check to see if your public library is on the OWL map and find out if they are willing to connect into these workshops from your community.

Registrations are coming in fast for the virtual critique workshop offered by our partner the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Early registrants have a better chance of picking the professional agent they want to work with, so don’t delay if you plan to attend. Manuscripts are due July 15, and the workshop will take place on August 11 (time and location to follow). The fee is $50 for SCBWI members and $55 for non-SCBWI members, and you can register via the 49 Writers website.

The schedule for the Pitchapalooza event with Book Doctors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry is: Thursday, August 16, 7pm; Friday, August 17, 3pm; Saturday, August 18, 2pm. The Writers Workshop events with Chris Baty, Grant Faulkner, and Chris Angotti are: Thursday, August 16 at 10am & 2pm; Saturday, August 18 at 10am & 7pm; Tuesday, August 21, 6pm. For more information, email library@craigak.com.

The next Poetry Parly is July 18 at 7 pm at Out North Contemporary Art House. This month’s marquee poet is Gary Snyder and local poet is J. Ramsey Golden.

Alaska poet Tom Sexton presents his just published collection of Lowell poems, “Bridge Street at Dusk,” from 1-2:30 pm Monday, July 23, at the UAA Campus Bookstore, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage. The event is free, and free parking is available in the South Lot, across from the bookstore. For more information visit the UAA Campus Bookstore (907-786-4782).

Look for the details of this year’s Ode to a Dead Salmon bad writing contest in the July 5 blog post. In past years this competition has garnered widespread interest and even been mentioned in Alaska magazine. The deadline for entries will be July 31, so sharpen your pencils and fine-tune the tongue in your cheek!

There is still time to sign up for Inspiration and Innovation through Primary Resources, a two-part workshop with Erin Wahl on Friday, July 20, 1:00-4:00 pm and Friday, July 27, 1:00-5:00 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the rich resources available to writers, whether you are conducting research on a current project or seeking inspiration for a new creative work. The workshop will start off at the 49 Writers classroom on 645 W. 3rd Avenue, and then progress to the Attwood Resource Center at the Anchorage Museum, where manager/librarian Teressa Williams will introduce us to their wonderful archives. The second session will take place at the UAA/APU Consortium Library (free parking on Fridays), where Anna Bjartmarsdottir (English Liaison/Instruction & Reference Librarian) looks forward to providing a tour of their collections and introducing us to the comprehensive variety of digital resources available to the writer. Both sessions will include time for writing inspired by material from the archives/collections and sharing your work.

The Pacific Northwest Writers Conference takes place July 19-22 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. For more information go to pnwa.org.

And don’t forget to check out what’s happening on the Alaska Literary Events Calendar.

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