49 Writers Weekly Round-up

This semester, 49 Writers is offering classes in Anchorage, Juneau, and
Palmer. Our thanks go to the Juneau Empire for spreading the word there!
Sign up to avoid disappointment; registrations are coming in daily.

If you want to focus in-depth on one piece of work or one aspect of your
writing, don’t miss the opportunity to apply for one of our apprenticeships
(deadline January 22). Even writers Outside are vying for the opportunity to
work with notable author David Marusek through a Science Fiction
Apprenticeship! Or, if you’re looking for guidance
 with a query letter, essay, book proposal, or manuscript,
why not apply for our Nonfiction Apprenticeship with Leslie Hsu Oh? S
say that “Ms. Oh has the ability to offer insightful feedback without forcing
her opinions about how a student should develop a piece. This gift is a
reflection of her philosophy as writer and a writing teacher: the ultimate
control of a piece belongs to the author, and the best education occurs when a
student is fully engaged in their own process. Her ability to engage her
students in critical thinking makes her invaluable as an educator.” Many of her
students have published and received awards for pieces workshopped in her
class. She has an essay
forthcoming in Fourth Genre. Check out her recent articles in First Alaskans Magazine: 
This Thing That Happens: How to Remove
 and Giving Outside the Box: Traditions of Giving and Living the Good

If you’re a member of 49
Writers, in addition to a discount on class registration your benefits include
member bulletins: short emails announcing opportunities to submit your work to
contests or journals, or other special activities of interest to writers in
Alaska. These bulletins are our way of letting you know about these
opportunities as soon as we do. If you’re not a member, why not join now? Membership dues
provide essential support to the organization, so we can continue doing what we
do for the writing community. For those of you enrolled in a full-time
educational program, student memberships are available for $20.

We are most grateful to
authors Andromeda Romano-Lax and Sherry Simpson for engaging in such a lively
discussion at last week’s Resolve to Write event about writer’s block and
things that get in the way of our writing. As members shared their hopes for
2013, Andromeda and Sherry provided plenty of ideas for how to overcome
obstacles to those goals. Thanks also go to our host, Martha Amore, and event
coordinator, Morgan Grey. It was wonderful to see such a strong turnout of our
membership and their guests.

Here’s a reminder of upcoming
49 Writers events:
Sunday, January 20,
“Writing Science Creatively,” a panel at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium,
Hotel Captain Cook Endeavor Room
Sunday, January 20,
Deadline for entries in the F Magazine 3rd Annual Statewide Youth Art &
Writing Competition
Wednesday, January 23,
“Story Telling 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.

On Monday, February 4, 5:00-7:00pm, the UAA Campus Bookstore will host an event featuring Eowyn Ivey, author of the Snow Child, as part of the Anchorage Reads celebration. Ivey will read from her book and be interviewed by David Stevenson, director of the CWLA/MFA program.

Fairbanks author Sue Ann
Bowling’s story “Horse
will be available free from the Amazon Kindle Bookstore on January 19 and 20. This story is a
sequel, 22 years on, to her novel,
Tourist Trap

The University of Alaska Press is proud to announce the release of three new titles in the Alaska Literary Series, to be released in February 2013. These include Mei Mei Evans’ novel, Oil and
 a collection of essays from Kodiak writer Sara Loewen, Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands; and poems from Carolyn Kremers, Upriver. Congratulations to all three writers on their publishing success and kudos to University of Alaska Press for highlighting Alaska literary talent.

Poems in Place, a unique collaboration between Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of
poets and writers, and residents of Alaska, will 
place a poem written
by an Alaskan writer in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park’s
system in the coming years. January
15-March 15, 2013,
Poems in Place will
be accepting poems, both original work and nominated poems written by Alaskan
writers and submitted by appreciative readers, for Totem Bight State
Historical Park, Ketchikan, and Chena River State Recreation Area,
Fairbanks. For more information, contest rules and entry form please visit
Poems in Place at the Alaska Center for the Book website.

Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 12th Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays. Deadline March 15, 2013Eight ten-minute plays will be given rehearsed staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 19 & 20, 2013, at FDA’s Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks. Click here for more information or contact Peggy MacDonald Ferguson at (907) 456-PLAY.

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