49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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.

Be sure to take advantage of the 2012 Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading series with keynote speaker Gary Snyder on July 8, 8:00 pm in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA Anchorage campus. UAA faculty will read and speak every evening (except July 13) July 9-17, at 8:00 pm in Fine Arts 150 at UAA. Click here for a printable schedule of readings.

  • Sunday July 8: Gary Snyder (Wendy Williamson Auditorium)
  • Monday July 9: Ed Allen, Nancy Lord, Valerie Miner
  • Tuesday July 10: Jo-Ann Mapson, Eva Saulitis, Derick Burleson
  • Wednesday July 11: Graduating Students Reading
  • Thursday July 12: Rich Chiappone, Zack Rogow, Linda McCarriston
  • 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.

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 & 2pmSaturday, August 18 at 10am & 7pmTuesday, August 21, 6pmFor more information, email library@craigak.com.

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!

Congratulations to Bill Streever, whose book Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places has been selected as one of the Top 10 picks in the Publisher’s Weekly science category. Heat will be published by Little, Brown and Company and on sale January 15, 2013.

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 30, 1-3pm, Sitka Historical Society is sponsoring a writer’s workshop with Vivian Faith Prescott, Ph.D, entitled “Inspired by Place” that ties in to an upcoming exhibit at the Sitka Historical Society and Musuem – A Community Composed: Sitka in Writing. In this workshop both novice and advanced writers will explore and find inspiration in Sitka landspaces. By the end of the workshop writers will complete a poem, short story or memoir piece they can submit to the exhibit. Since the workshop will partially take place outside, you will need to dress for the weather and bring a pen and notebook. Meet at 210 Seward Street. Suggested donation $15. To sign up, call (907) 747-6455 or email curator@sitkahistory.org.

The Fairbanks Arts Association presents The Community Writer’s Group at 7 pm July 7 at the Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way.

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

Anyone with a first novel chapter handy can submit (but hurry!) to the Lightship First Chapter Competition. Winner receives mentoring from M.J. Hyland and David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge & White. Deadline is June 30.

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

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