Deb: A Chat with Lael Morgan (and why you might want to join us)

Lael Morgan
Membership has its perks! On Thursday, Jan. 16, 49
Writers members will gather for an informal “Resolve to Write” event that
includes a fireside chat featuring Lael Morgan and me. Our topic: Strategies for Success in Writing and Publishing. (If you’re not a member, it’s easy to join: you’ll be supporting a great organization, and you’ll get invited to
great events like this one, along with other benefits.)
If anyone knows about success in writing and publishing,
it’s Lael Morgan. She has sixteen published books to her credit, including Good Time Girls of the Alaska
Yukon Gold Rush,
 which in
1998 placed seventh on the Los
Angeles Times
nonfiction list and also won her the distinction of being named Alaska
Historian of the Year. Her most recent works are Eskimo Star: From Tundra to
Tinseltown: The Ray Mala Story,
Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder and the Wild Women of Montana’s Frontier. 
But that’s only the
start of her expertise.
After earning
her master’s degree from Boston University with a focus on publishing, she
co-founded Epicenter Press, a regional house with more than 100 books to its
credit. That same year she joined the Department of Journalism and
Broadcasting, University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she taught writing, photography,
and multimedia.
Prefer writing short pieces to books? Lael has done that,
too. She’s done freelance writing for Alaska
Northwest Publishing,
 the Washington Post, New York Times,
Christian Science Monitor, and National Geographic Magazine.
 From 1974 to 1987, she visited on
assignment nearly every Alaska village named in the Alaska Native Land Claims
Settlement. Of the 220 that qualified, she only missed thirteen.
For the hard-to-impress, a few more facts: 
  • After
    sailing halfway around the world in a 36-foot schooner, Lael wrote
    Women’s Guide to Boating and Cooking
    , a pre-women’s lib classic
  • She was once named Photographer of the Year award for
    best photo feature in the Los Angeles Times
  • She has won a Rockefeller Foundation grant and a
    Fulbright to Fiji
  • She occasionally utilizes her California private detective’s
  • She teaches media law
  • She continues to acquire manuscripts for Epicenter Press 

If you’re a 49 Writers member, we hope you’ll join us for
fun and conversation this Thursday night. It’s a great way to get focused on
writing and publishing in 2014!

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