Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Happy holidays!  In the sidebar to the right, we’ve left a couple of electronic gifts for you:  a link to a podcast of Deb’s “Crash Course: Characters” (powerpoint slides included) and a link to a post by Dana Stabenow about online book promotion.

Last-minute shopping? You might consider a writing center gift certificate, or membership for a special literary someone on your list.
If you are a member already, start thinking about what writing resolutions you might like to share at our upcoming members’ and volunteers’ salon-style gathering in Anchorage on January 14, “Resolve to Write.” Epicenter’s Kent Sturgis and authors Don Rearden and Bill Streever will be among the special guests. Official invitations will be on their way soon. Would you like to host your own satellite version of this event? Contact Deb.
Another date to mark on your calendar: Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., when we’ll be inaugurating the first event in our new CROSSCURRENTS conversation series: “Environmental Writing and Activism.” Join Alaska writers Nancy Lord, Marybeth Holleman, and Charles Wohlforth for an onstage conversation about environmental writing, writing as a form of activism, and their experiences as writers concerned with global oil-reliance and climate change.  Wohlforth will moderate this lively discussion with reference to Lord’s new book, Early Warming: Crisis and Response from the Climate-Changed North and the paperback release of Holleman’s The Heart of the Sound: Paradise Found and Nearly Lost.  A question and answer session and book-signing will follow. Location: Out North on 3800 Debarr.
We made our fundraising goal with the book event, thanks to so many of you. Through the end of December, we still have a few packed bags for sale if you’re interested; some great signed books remain in the mix!
The year isn’t over yet, but if the dark days make you long to look ahead, check out our fantastic class schedule. Registration is underway with the first class beginning January 9.
An end-of-tax-year reminder: Have you considered making a donation to the 49 Alaska Writing Center? Easy to do at our website. We’re happy to apply your donation to the many events and other literary offerings we’re planning for 2011.
Writer/photographer Bill Hess of Wasilla has won the Best Photography Blog of 2010 award from Blogger’s Choice.  Of his work, Hess says, “In my mind, my style of working is kind of like composing a baroque fugue – two lines of the same theme, weaving together and playing off each other. One line is words, one line is photos.”  Here is Bill’s blog.
Dana Stabenow’s Liam Campbell books are now available in e-print. As a special Christmas gift, you can download the whole of Fire and Ice to your e-reader for free! The download page can be accessed from Stabenow’s website.  The book comes with a free ‘Readers Companion.’ The second in the series, So Sure of Death, is also available, also with a free ‘Readers Companion,’ for just $4.99.
Issue # 3 of Cirque is now live online.
Issue # 3 is on sale at MagCloud.
Note that this month Cirque hard copy prices are 25% off the full price.
Contributor copies will be sent out as soon as they arrive from MagCloud.
Deadline for Issue # 4–March 21, 2011
Here’s a fascinating opportunity for writers and other artists, from an Anchorage-ite who is trustee of a tower in Northern Ireland that is used as an artist’s residency.  Check out the details on the Curfew Tower.
Happy, Peaceful Holidays to All!
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