Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

A good time was had by all at last weekend’s WYAK Farmer’s Market event (thanks Hillary, Lauren, and Callie, for pitching in)… 

…and at Wednesday’s Crosscurrents event with Dani Shapiro, followed by an after-party for 49 Writers members and volunteers.  Speaking of volunteers, we’re looking for someone with QuickBooks experience who’ll volunteer an hour or two a month to reconcile our accounts.  If you’re interested, email 49writers@gmail.com.  

We’re kicking off Labor Day weekend with our second annual Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, this year featuring author Dani Shapiro.  Many thanks to 49 Writers Board member Kirsten Dixon and her husband Carl for their generous welcome to us at the lodge.  Even as this year’s retreat gets underway, we’re looking forward to the next one.  Yes, there’s another fantastic leader lined up…stay tuned for details.

While you’re resting and reflecting on your labors – we hope some of those include writing – keep in mind the great line-up of fall courses at 49 Writers. Registrations have begun to pour in, and you won’t want to miss out.  In a couple of weeks, we’ll also open registration for a young writers workshop, “Jumpstart Your Writing,” to be held Oct. 28 and 29 at the Loussac Library’s Teen Underground.  

Contingent on funding, we’ve plans to offer more free WYAK young writers workshops at Teen Underground as well as in conjunction with the Anchorage School District, McLaughling Youth Center, and Covenant House.  This month we’re recruiting instructors.  If you’re a writer who’d like to help kids get excited about writing, we want to hear from you by Oct. 1.

If you think no one cares about books these days, peruse the pages over at our Alaska Book Week site.  The enthusiasm is guaranteed to brighten your day.  While you’re there, click the link to tell us how you plan to celebrate Oct. 8-15.  You can also place an order for free posters and bookmarks, while supplies last. 

Young writers, remember the Sept. 9 deadline for entering our WYAK Zombies Invade Alaska contest.  Another day-brightening diversion, even for those of you older than twenty, is to read some of the entries that have come in so far.  

Today, Friday, September 2, 6-10pm, Carmel Nelson will be at Barnes and Noble, 200 E. Northern Lights, Anchorage, to speak and to sign copies of The Food Allergy Cookbook.

The Alaska Center for the Book monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday September 7, 6pm,  in the Staff Conference Room, 4th floor, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St, Anchorage.

This month’s Poetry Parley is coming up on Wednesday September 21st (7pm, Out North Gallery at Debarr and Bragaw, Anchorage). It will feature William Carlos Williams and local poet DC McKenzie. If you have an interest in reading one or two Williams poems, please let Jonathan Minton know as soon as possible so that he can finalize the line-up.

The Anchorage Public Library system presents Teen Interact–Rotary for Teens–every second and fourth Thursday of the month: this week, Thursday September 8, 6-7.30pm; Staff Conference Room, 4th floor, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage. 

On Thursday, September 8, 5-7pm, Professor Shih Te-Yu will present on Classical Chinese Poetry at the UAA Campus Bookstore, cosponsored with the UAA Confucius Institute. 

Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from writers for the 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program. In the past, the program has featured John Morgan, Nancy Lord and this year, Carolyn Kremers.
Artists reside in the historic East Fork cabin, 43 miles inside the park, for a ten-day period between June and mid-September. In return for their residency, each artist donates a piece of artwork inspired by their time there to the park’s art collection, and offers a public presentation at the end of their residency.
The online application is here. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2011. Notifications will be sent out by December 15, 2011

Former UA Press editor Elisabeth B. Dabney is now providing her own personalized book-midwifing services. Check out her website
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