49 Writers Weekly Round-up

There is so much happening at 49 Writers it’s hard to keep up –
2013 is off to a great start! First, we’d like to thank the Alaska Humanities
Forum for funding Crosscurrents: a Confluence of Writers and Readers, a project
that enables us to stage two literary weekends with partners in Barrow and
Kodiak. On February 2-4, author Alan Heathcock, who is coming to
Fairbanks to participate in the UAF English Department’s Midnight Sun Visiting
Writers series, will fly to Barrow to give a reading and craft talk, teach a
writing workshop, and feature in an on-stage Crosscurrents conversation with
acclaimed local writer Debby Dahl Edwardson. We appreciate the support of Tuzzy
Consortium Library, our community partner and host. 

April 27-28, Eva Saulitis (our guest blogger for May) will be the
featured author at a similar event in Kodiak, in partnership with UAA’s Kodiak
College. Her Crosscurrents partner will be Sara Loewen (guest blogger for
November). It’s exciting to have the opportunity to engage with other
communities and to expand these activities into rural Alaska, while
highlighting the new work of Alaska’s writers and introducing visiting writers
to a wider audience.

We are partnering again with the Anchorage Public Library to bring you the
first Crosscurrents event of 2013: An Evening with Alaska’s Writer Laureate,
Nora Marks Dauenhauer. Join us at the Wilda Marston Theatre on Tuesday,
February 19, 7:00pm,
for an insightful conversation between Nora and Diane
Benson, who both hail from Southeast Alaska and who have collaborated on
creative projects over the years.

Here’s a reminder of some events announced previously on the blog:

  • TONIGHT, January 11, 7:00pm: Resolve to
    Write gathering for members and volunteers, featuring Andromeda Romano-Lax
    and Sherry Simpson
  • Sunday, January 20, 2:00-4:00pm: “Writing
    Science Creatively,” a panel at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Hotel
    Captain Cook Endeavor Room
  • Sunday, January 20, 10:00pm: Deadline for
    entries in the F Magazine 3rd Annual Statewide Youth Art & Writing
  • Wednesday, January 23, 7:00pm: “Storytelling
    and Science,” a Reading & Craft Talk with Bill Streever at Great
    Harvest Bread Company
  • Saturday, February 9 at various times: “Writing Your
    Place” at Anchorage Reads, a writing workshop, reading by Eowyn Ivey, and
    panel of Alaska authors
Registration continues for our spring semester classes. Check out the details on
the 49 Writers website. We have classes scheduled in Anchorage, Juneau, and
Palmer, and writers anywhere can participate in our apprenticeships: this
semester you have the choice of working with Science Fiction mentor David
Marusek, a notable Fairbanks author, or Non-Fiction mentor, essayist and
memoirist Leslie Hsu Oh. Also, if you want to work more in-depth on a piece of work in a small group, be sure to consider our Revision Intensive with Andromeda Romano-Lax, a six-week workshop series at the 49 Writers classroom.

On the publishing front, Alaska Magazine is seeking writers to contribute blog
posts of 500 words or less to AlaskaMagazine.com that tell a unique story about
Alaska life. Topics of interest to the magazine are fishing, hunting, nature,
and all aspects of the outdoor lifestyle. Personal essays, nature poetry, and
even video readings are welcome – photos too. At this time the magazine cannot
offer compensation, but this is a great opportunity to introduce your writing
to a wider audience. To submit your work, email debbie.cutler@alaskamagazine.com
and mention “49 Writers” after your name.

Ten writers and two of the biggest pizzas ever seen gathered at Homer’s
Public Library
last night for a “Resolve to Write” event. 

Erin Hollowell and Nancy Lord (and two giant pizzas) at Homer’s Resolve to Write event last night

 There’s a lot to look forward to on the literary front this year
in Homer, both at the library and elsewhere, and it was a joy for many writers
to reconnect.

A reminder from last week’s round-up: local playwrights will be
presenting new plays all through the weekend and into next week. See our interview with one of the playwrights earlier this week.

Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit
will teach a 12-week evening nature and travel writing class beginning January
, in the Sierra Club office downtown. Participants in this workshop-style
class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the
personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of
America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240.
To sign up for this Wednesday night class (7-9:30 pm), or for more
information, contact Sherwonit at 245-0283 or 
Further information about the teacher is also available at 

This month’s Poetry Parley, coming up January 16, 7pm, will feature local poet Gabrielle Barnett, and the marquee poet will be H. D.

On February 2, 7:00pm at UAF’s Wood Center, Alan Heathcock will read from his work as part of the UAF Midnight Sun Visiting Writers series.

The Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for its
Individual Artist Awards. Artists may apply now online at www.rasmuson.org Deadline
for application is 11.59 pm March 1. Paper applications
also accepted; postmark deadline March 1. The 2013 Fellowship
disciplines are choreography, crafts, folk and traditional arts, literary
arts/scriptworks, and performance art. There will be a free informational webinar/teleconference on January
16, 6-7pm
, for artists to learn more about the application process and have
the opportunity to ask questions. 

For more information, contact Jayson Smart at (907) 297-2882. For the webinar on January 16, the dial-in is 1
(800) 514-0831. The confirmation number is  34069883.

Cinthia Ritchie’s poetry will be featured in an upcoming issue of
damselfly press.

If you have news to share of publishing
success, a book signing, or any other literary activity in your
community, feel free to email us at 49writers@gmail.com and we’ll help to spread the word.

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