Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Andromeda Romano-Lax and Deb Vanasse will be talking about the 49 Alaska Writing Center at the next Alaska Professional Communicators’ Luncheon, Thursday November 4 at 11:30, at Kinley’s Restaurant. Lunch is $19 for guests, $25 for members. The APC website has details.

If you read us regularly, you may recognize our upcoming courses: Flash Fiction with David Marusek (Nov. 9 & 10), Promoting Your Book in Your Pajamas with Dana Stabenow (Nov. 17), and Crash Course: Characters with Deb Vanasse (Dec. 4). But because we added it last, you may not know about a very special clinic we have coming up on Wednesday, Dec. 22: Writer v. Grinch with Cindy Dyson. Dyson is the author of And She Was, a novel set in Dutch Harbor. Publishers Weekly called it “original and provocative.” Dyson will be teaching the nitty-gritty of micro-editing. But she doesn’t take herself too seriously (note the clinic title) and we thought this quirky class would be a fun instructional offering for the holidays. Plus – despite her pretense of being “mean and grinchy,” Cindy is donating back her instructional fee, making this clinic a fundraiser as well. Here’s one idea we hoped might catch on: how about giving this class to a friend? Sign someone up and then let them know you’re not a Grinch at all, but someone who enjoys the holidays and believes in the written word. Or take a proactive step at fighting those holidays blahs and sign yourself up. Registration at www.49writingcenter.org.

A special 49 Writers thanks to Don Rearden, who kept us both amused and thinking in his October featured author post.  For November, we welcome featured author Tricia Brown.

If you live in Juneau, Ketchikan, or Sitka, you’re invited to an informal, no-host 49 Writers Gathering next month.  Deb will meet with Ketchikan writers from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15 at The Point, across the parking lot from the Plaza Mall in the new condo complex on the water.  Thanks to Ketchikan’s awesome librarian, Charlotte Glover, for arranging the gathering.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP at 49writers@gmail.com.  In Sitka, we’ll likely gather for breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 18; watch for details next week.  In Juneau, we’re looking at an afternoon get-together on Nov. 20, after Deb’s class at the Juneau Public Library (the class is free – register at www.49writingcenter.org; ditto for the Sitka class Nov. 17).

Today, Friday October 29th, at 1pm, Fireside Books in Palmer presents Romance and Chocolate with Jackie Ivie. Ivie will be signing copies of her newest historical romance, A Knight in White Satin. As long as books last, Fireside will also be giving away coupons for Palmer’s gourmet chocolate store, the Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe.

Tonight, Friday October 29th, at 7pm, is the Gala opening night of Cyrano’s Theatre Company‘s “The Winter Bear,” inspired by the life of Koyukon Athabascan elder Sidney Huntington. It will then run Thurs-Sat at 7 and Sunday at 3 through November 13th, with an additional special Wednesday performance on November 10th. Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, 413 D Street, Anchorage.  Advance tickets at centertix.net, 907 263 2787.

On Sunday, October 31st at 7.30pm,  Anchorage Festival of Music presents the Fall Soiree – a Duet Recital titled “Love and Nature.” Featured will be four settings by UAA Music professor George Belden of poems and songs by Elizabeth Thompson. The concert will take place at a private residence, and reservations are required. For reservations and venue address, call the Anchorage Festival of Music at 907 276 2465.

Nine new plays, free admission.  It’s all happening Nov. 1, 2, and 3 at Cyrano’s Playhouse, 4th and D, in Anchorage as the Alaskan Native Heritage Center proudly presents the Alaskan Native Playwrights Project readings.  Showtimes vary.

The Mayo Review is the literary journal published by the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce. They will be accepting quality submissions in Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama, Original Artwork, Original Photography, through November 16th. See their website for submissions guidelines and detailed information.

49 Writers volunteer Interview Coordinator Leslie Hsu Oh queried Kids These Days after reading about it right here in our blog.  Her essay aired Wednesday of this week, and it’s also posted on their web site.  Additionally, she’s been scheduled as a guest blogger at Kids These Days. We love hearing success stories like these from the blog!  By the way, Kids These Days is still actively seeking submissions.  Call Sarah Gonzales – cell: 907-315-0006, show: 888-KTD-RADIO  or email her.

Arctica, the Magazine of Circumpolar Art and Culture, is sponsoring a writing competition in poetry, fiction and nonfiction, entitled SPACE. Deadline: April 1st, 2011. Submission guidelines are at their website.

49 Writers member Becky Strub has launched a new website:
Alaskan State of Mind. She posts monthly videos and also accepts submissions on Alaska geography and quotable quotes.
She says the concept of Alaskan State of Mind began as a book idea and morphed into a website/business.

The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is getting underway, with a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship. Call the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council for more information: 907 586 2787.

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