49 Writers Weekly Round-up

It was a pleasure to
have the opportunity to convey our thanks at last night’s volunteer appreciation
event to the amazing 49 Writers volunteers who together donated more than 1,750
hours to the organization in the last 12 months. If you get the chance, do
thank them personally for their contribution—their dedicated assistance means
we can continue to bring you the blog posts, classes, programs, and events you
look forward to, and to take care of key administrative tasks behind the

up to 20 hours
Arlene Lidbergh-Jasper, Barbara Hood, Cheryl Lovegreen,  David Kanaris, Debbie
Jeff Oliver, Martha Amore, Steve Shamburek, Vered Mares

20-49 hours
Ritchie, Lorena Knapp, 
LaFleiche, Mariah Oxford, 
Doherty, Michelle
Anderson, Morgan Grey, 
Meredith, Sandra Kleven

50-99 hours
Don Rearden, Kirsten Dixon, Ela Harrison
Gordon, Louise Freeman-Toole, 
Eric Larson, Lucian Childs, Jennifer
Walker, Stefanie Tatalis, 

more than 100 hours
Romano-Lax, Deb Vanasse, Leslie Hsu Oh, 
Susanna Mishler, Jeremy

Our next
Reading & Craft Talk takes place at Great Harvest Bread on Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm, when
Kaylene Johnson will discuss “The Art of
,” including biography, memoir, and
history. Kaylene’s books include Canyons
and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith; A Tender Distance: Adventures
Raising My Sons in Alaska; Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political
Establishment Upside Down, Portrait of the Alaska Railroad
 and Trails Across Time: History of an Alaska
Mountain Corridor
. Her award winning articles have appeared in Alaska
Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Spirit Magazine, Parish Teacher
 and other publications.

If you’d
like to propose a course for our Spring 2013 Literary Season, check out the
instructor guidelines at www.49writingcenter.org /get involved
 and fill out the easy online course proposal form by November 16. We are always
looking for faculty with a strong writing and teaching background and we
encourage you to submit your ideas for consideration.

Have you ever
thought about writing for the screen? If so (and even if you haven’t) check out
Don Rearden’s workshop, “Unleashing the Screenwriter in You,” the last offering
of our fall literary season on Saturday,
November 17, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
. Register now If you missed it yesterday, be sure to read Don’s blog

On December 3, 7:00 pm, at Great Harvest
Bread Company, celebrated Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon will give a Reading &
Craft Talk entitled “Stirring Words” –a discussion of how she
brings all things
culinary to the table and to her writing.

On Wednesday, December 5, 7-9 pm, at
Indigo Tea Lounge, 221 East 5th Avenue, Anchorage, we are inviting
anyone who participated in one of our 2012 writing classes or the Tutka Bay
Writers Retreat to read from their published, completed or work-in-progress
inspired by what you learned. Look for an Evite soon.

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.

Tonight, Friday
November 9, 7pm
, Robert Wrigley and Kim Barnes will read as part of the
Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. Wood Center, UAF. Wrigley and Barnes will
also give a craft talk at 3pm;
Rasmuson Library 5th floor. Both these events are free and open to the public.

The internationally bestselling novel The Snow Child is coming out in paperback this week. In celebration, Ivey
will be on hand to sign copies at Fireside Books in Palmer on Saturday November 10 between 11.30 and 1.30.
After its hardcover release in February 2012, the book spent more than six
weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, has been shortlisted for
the prestigious Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize, and has taken Ivey on a
world-wide whirlwind tour. The Snow Child
is being translated into more than twenty languages and distributed in more than
thirty countries. It is a bestseller in Norway and in England, and has been
nominated for prizes there also.

Tomorrow, Saturday November 10, 1-4pm, outdoorsman,
journalist and science writer Ned Rozell will come to the Kettleson Memorial
Library in Sitka to lead a writing workshop titled “Bringing the Outside…In.
The Power of Description.” Call the library for more information and to sign up—(907)
747 8708.
The submissions deadline
is fast approaching—on Tuesday November
—for the Open to Interpretation competition, soliciting writing (poetry or prose) produced in response to one
of several photos, including one by Fairbanks photographer Douglas Yates. See
their website for full submissions guidelines and other information.

At the UAA Campus Bookstore on Thursday, November 15, 5-7 pm, four Alaska writers come together to discuss and read from their newly published books: Kris Farmen–Turn Again, Bill Swears–Zook Country. Sandra Kleven–Cirque and Talk About Touch, and Monica Devine–Kayak Girl, “Water Mask” (published in Cirque).

Monica Devine will be signing her new children’s book, Kayak Girl at Fireside Books in Palmer on Sat., Nov. 17 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Come on in for good books and bad coffee!

Congratulations to
Stephanie Jaeger, who
a Silver award in the 2012 National Mature Media Awards competition for an
article published in Senior Voice, “Health Care Travel Tips.” The editor, David
Washburn, entered her article unbeknownst to her. Jaeger’s article was picked
from a pool of almost 1000 articles entries. Senior Voice won awards for three
of its articles, and was recognized for excellence.
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