Guest Posts

Revisiting His Dash to Stay Still: Pico Iyer on the Craft and Life of a Restless Writer

A guest post by author and North Words Program Director Daniel Henry. (First Posted in May, 2018). As Time magazine’s travel correspondent since 1986, Pico Iyer has visited nearly every corner of the globe in search of the astonishing, remarkable, bizarre, and profound. He’s the author of bestselling books including Video Night in Kathmandu and The Global …

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Reposting: Andromeda Romano-Lax—Editing and a Note on Hemingway

To celebrate the tenth year of 49 Writers’ existence and this blog, we are reposting  the work of earlier contributors. Today’s reposting was written by 49 Writers’ founding member, Andromeda Romano-Lax in July, 2011. She is the author of a nonfiction travel narrative and four novels, including Plum Rains, which was published in 2018. According to the …

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Wendy Willis | Conversation is what fills the space between us.

Editor’s Note: Author Wendy Willis will be in Alaska for a series of events co-sponsored by 49 Writers and the Alaska Humanities Forum. Events include community conversations in Wasilla and Anchorage, and reading and craft talks in Anchorage and Seward. Get details for all the events on our Facebook page or at on the forum …

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Dan Henry | Buckwheat Walking: A 2006 Trip Journal

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Dan Henry for offering this remembrance of Carlin “Buckwheat” Donahue. Dan writes, “Buckwheat was the founder of many fine events (such as the Skagway Belly Bounce), but is remembered by writers for being a co-founder of the North Words Writers Symposium, now in its 11th year, in Skagway on May …

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Lisa Alexia | Crossing Borders: Review of Floating Coast by Bathsheba Demuth

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Lisa Alexia for this review of Floating Coast by Bathsheba Demuth. Bathsheba will be teaching a nonfiction workshop for 49 Writers during her time in Anchorage. You can sign up on our web site. Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, by Bathsheba Demuth (W.W. Norton & Co, …

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Jamey Bradbury | No Accounting for Taste: Finding Form in What You Like

What we like can do so much for our writing, including challenging us to come at our fiction in novel ways. So don’t segregate your likes into the “for fun” column and forget about them when you get down to work. Investigate your likes. Interrogate them. Ask yourself: Why do you like what you like—and how can it help you become a better writer?

Andromeda Romano-Lax | Page One Rewrite, Part Two

Who among us doesn’t have a dead novel or memoir that resisted all CPR efforts? Who hasn’t wondered if some part of it couldn’t be saved or repurposed? With that in mind, I’ll share a few lessons I learned from my experience doing a “page one rewrite” of my novel currently titled “Annie and the Wolves.”

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