49 Writers Weekly Round-up

main event: First Friday, April 5,
, Crosscurrents with visiting writer Nancy
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 weekend, Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, on Short Story
Structure and Brainstorming (register here).

Write-a-thon countdown:
one week to go!

With $4,527 raised by 30 participants with 120 supporters, we are surging
towards our fundraising goal of $8,000. If you haven’t yet registered it’s easy
to do so: just go to our FirstGiving
webpage and click Join Now. We are asking participants to set a personal goal
of raising $100; even if you can’t join us you can support another writer! You
will find more information about the event and how it supports writers around
the state at our website.

Here’s a reminder of other 49 Writers classes and events in April – details at 49writingcenter.org:

  • Sunday, April 7, 2-4pm: Poetry workshop in Palmer with Julie LeMay
  • Saturday, April 20 & 27, 10am-1pm: What’s Next? Juneau workshop with Amy O’Neill Houck
  • Saturday, April 27, 9am-Noon: Anatomy of the Sentence with Andromeda Romano-Lax – one slot left!
  • Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm: Anatomy of the Scene with Andromeda Romano-Lax – one slot left!
49 Writers and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) are partnering again to offer two new workshops: a Virtual Critique on May 11 (manuscripts due April 14) and Revision: Becoming Your  Own Editor on July 8. Visit our website for more information and to register.

Monday, April 15, 5-7pm, UAA Bookstore: Vaughn Sherman presents Sea Travels: Memoirs of a 20th Century Master Mariner, the story told  to him of J. Holger Christensen, a mariner and ship captain who sailed the ocean seas and  the “unforgiving waters of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.”   Vaughn Sherman was a fisheries biologist, has worked for the CIA and  is the author of 3 books. His  presentation includes a slide show with fascinating historical photos for everyone to see. 

Tuesday, April 16, 5-7pm, UAA Bookstore: Dr. Nancy Sydnam presents Sideways Rain, her memoir or 20 years of travel in the Aleutian and Pribilof Island. In journal entries, letters and poems, this dedicated medical practitioner writes with deep affection about the landscape and the people she encountered on her hazardous routes.

Stage Live with Dan Bigley and Kris Farmen
, Wednesday, April 17, 7:30-9:30 pm, Wilda Marston Theatre, Z.J. Loussac Library.
 Author and bear attack survivor Dan Bigley joins
author/journalist Kris Farmen on stage for a conversation about their unique
stories and writing process. Don Rearden will be MC for the evening. Book
signing and light refreshments to follow. Free and open to public. A portion of all book sales will be donated
to 49 Alaska Writing Center – thank you!!

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm, the Anchorage Museum is presenting a talk and book signing by Dan Bigley and co-author of Beyond the Bear, Debra McKinney.

Thursday, April 18, 5-7pm, UAA Bookstore: Creative Writing & Literary Arts Undergraduate Readings II. UAA students share their creative work and showcase various literary genres. Faculty are on hand to introduce their students

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our last Write
Young Alaska contest, “My Alaska,” whose entries you can read here. Middle School 1st place: Stikine-My Home by Kayla
Hay; 2nd place: Forget Me
 by Sarah Chen and High
 1st place: Old
Man o’ the Mountain
 by Trevor Woodhouse; 2nd place: The North by Paige
Our third and final contest of the school year
asks for poetry submissions, in honor of National Poetry Month.
Click here for more information and to submit. Deadline
April 19

Marybeth Holleman (The Heart of the Sound) has a new blog, Art
and Nature
– check it out! Her vision
for the blog is a confluence of artists – writers, painters, musicians,
sculptors, dancers, poets, quilters – whose themes, inspirations, concerns, and
deep bedrock sources and grounding come from the natural world. Thoughtful writing and beautiful photographs.

49 Writers member and volunteer Lucian Childs has been wait-listed
for a writing residency at Yaddo artist colony. His short story, “Letters
to His Wife on the Subject of Her Enlightenment,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s April 2013 Very
Short Fiction competition. If you’ve had any publishing success, do let us know
– we’re more than happy to share the good news.

9, 7:30pm
, UAA/APU Consortium Library 307 – Don’t miss the 2013 Alaska
Literary Series/Boreal Books Anchorage Launch that includes readings by Mei Mei
Evans, Erin Hollowell, Carolyn Kremers, Sara Loewen, and Peggy Shumaker.

10, 6pm
, Dimond Starbucks, Society of Children’s Book Writers and
Illustrators (SCBWI) meeting: Anchorage area children’s book writers are
invited to bring up to three pages of a manuscript for a free critique to,
where local author Deb Vanasse will be providing free critiques. Even if you
don’t bring a manuscript, it’s a great chance to listen and learn!

April 27, 8am-2pm
, at Clark Middle School, the Alaska Writers Guild will hold
a free Young Writers Conference for Grades 6-12. Sponsored in partnership with
the Anchorage School District, the conference is for middle and high school
students who are interested in improving their writing and becoming a published
Register here.

Readers are still needed for Poetry Parley, Wednesday April 17, 7pm, for the works
of Sandra Cisneros. Please contact poetryparley@gmail.com asap if you are
willing and able to read.

Christine Byl’s new book Dirt
will be released on Tuesday
April 16.
On that very day, 7pm,
she will be kicking off the Tri-Valley Community Library’s National Library
week in Healey with a reading and book signing. Stay tuned for more of her tour
as the dates draw nearer.

Congratulations to Martha Amore, whose “Geology” is the
winner of this year’s Nicole Blizzard Short Story Contest from Radical Arts for
Women. The story will be published at
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