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Danger Close Memoir Workshop

April 16, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Saturday, April 16, 2022
1 PM – 4 PM AKDT
The Nave, 3502 Spenard Road, Anchorage
$55 Members | $70 Non-Members

Attention civilian, veteran, and veteran-connected writers: What do you need to take your writing to the next level? Brian Castner, the author of the military memoir The Long Walk and the narrative nonfiction book Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike, will lead a three-hour workshop on revising short personal essays and memoir to reach that breakthrough where a piece reaches its full potential. All students will submit a piece in advance for detailed instructor feedback as well as workshop feedback from the rest of the class.

Brian Castner is a nonfiction writer, former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, and veteran of the Iraq War. His most recent book is Stampede, a new history of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. He is also the bestselling author of Disappointment RiverAll the Ways We Kill and Die, and the war memoir The Long Walk, which was adapted into an opera and named a New York Times Editor’s Pick and Amazon Best Book of the Year. His journalism and essays have appeared in the New York TimesWIREDEsquireThe AtlanticForeign Policy, and on National Public Radio. He is the co-editor of The Road Ahead, a collection of short stories featuring veteran writers, and has twice received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014, and to paddle the 1200 mile Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean in 2016. In March 2018 he joined Amnesty International as a Senior Crisis Advisor.

PLEASE NOTE: Before registering, please have the piece you would like critiqued and shared with the class complete and ready to be sent to the instructor. We will request that your critique piece be submitted the same day as your registration. Thank you!

Registration is closed.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued up to 48 hours before the first class. For requests within 48 hours of the first class, we will offer a 50% refund. Thank you!


49 Writers dedicates our 2021-2022 programming season to the memory of Frank Soos (1950-2021), our 2021 Program Chair.


April 16, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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