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March 2021

Poetry Broadside Invitational Deadline

March 15 @ 11:59 pm

The 49 Writers 2021 POETRY BROADSIDE INVITATIONAL In Honor of National Poetry Month   SEND US A POEM, PLEASE Between now and March 15, members of 49 Writers are invited to submit poems and imagery for the 2021 Poetry Broadside Invitational, an online poetry exhibit to be posted during the month of April in honor of National Poetry Month. The exhibit will feature 30 “broadsides” of poetry distributed daily through the 49 Writers blog and social media platforms. In addition,…

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Marie Tozier [Reading & Conversation]

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91746169184?pwd=MVRvbzFYeHljVStwZTRFcDRob2xsZz09 Meeting ID: 917 4616 9184 AUTHOR BIO Iñupiaq poet Marie Tozier is the author of the poetry collection Open the Dark, published in 2020 by Boreal Books/Red Hen Press. The acclaimed collection is a window to Iñupiaq life in northwestern Alaska and has been described as “a portrait of place, family and generational wisdom that speaks to love, loss, and transformation.” (Nancy Lord, ADN, 10-3-20) Tozier earned an MFA from the low-residency program at the University of…

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Telling Tiny Tales: Flash Fictions and Mini Memoirs with Rich Chiappone & Justin Herrmann [Mar 13, 20, 27]

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 27, 2021

Telling Tiny Tales: Flash Fictions and Mini Memoirs Join us in a hands-on writing workshop exploring the fastest growing sub-genre in creative writing today. Flash fiction and non-fiction stories. We'll write short, shorter, and shortest pieces. Write your own life, or make one up and see how much of it you can cram into exercises from maybe 1,500 word short stories down to six word memoirs. SATURDAYS, MARCH 13, 20 & 27 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON Via ZOOM Rich…

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April 2021

Patterns & Sequences: A Poetry Workshop with Nicole Stellon O’Donnell [Mar 27, Apr 3, Apr 10]

April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, happening 3 times

Are poems solitary, sprouting alone on their single page? Or are they best cultivated in relation to the drafts coming up alongside them? How do connected sequences work on the reader and work for the writer? In this workshop, we’ll explore how writers can leverage patterns and sequences to strengthen their writing practice. Together we will build structures that encourage all of us to generate and revise. All levels of experience welcome. NICOLE STELLON O’DONNELL’S most recent book, You Are…

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Tom Sexton [Reading & Conversation]

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Author Bio Tom Sexton was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He pursued undergraduate studies at Northern Essex Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Salem State College before moving to Alaska in 1970. Here, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Alaska, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, and ultimately founded the creative writing program at the Anchorage campus, which later became UAA. In 1995, he was appointed Alaska’s Poet Laureate. Sexton…

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The Bend Towards Asia with Tom Sexton

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this three-hour class, acclaimed Alaskan poet Tom Sexton will explore the influence of classical Chinese poets on 20th century American poets. Class will be via Zoom. Link provided soon. Tom Sexton was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He first came to Alaska as a soldier at Fort Richardson, where he served for two years beginning in May 1959. He was discharged from the service in 1962, then pursued undergraduate studies at Northern Essex Community College and earned a…

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May 2021

WRITING THE PILOT EPISODE With Bryan Fierro [April 10, 17, 24 & May 1]

May 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 1, 2021

$140 – $165

This four-meeting virtual course will explore the pilot episode for the television series. A deep dive into the crucial elements that make some of your favorite series' pilots successful: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sopranos, Arrested Development among others. Don't forget the writing! We will write and workshop the first ten pages of your original pilot script and outline your series. The fun doesn't stop there, as we will discuss industry access, film festival and writing contest platforms, and the resources…

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Ernestine Hayes [Reading & Conversation]

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 ERNESTINE HAYES was born and raised in Juneau, then spent 25 years in California before returning to Juneau in her early 40s. After her return, she graduated from UAS, earned an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from UAA, and became a professor at UAS, where she continues to teach today. She is the author of two Alaska Native memoirs, Blonde Indian (University of Arizona Press, 2006) and The Tao of Raven (University of Washington Press, 2016), and a…

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September 2021

Tutka Bay Author Reading: Elena Passarello

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

FALL 2021 ELENA PASSARELLO READINGS This year’s featured instructor for the annual Tutka Bay Writers Retreat will present a free virtual reading the evening before the retreat from the Homer Spit! Thursday, September 9 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Bio: Elena Passarello’s essays have recently appeared in National Geographic, Paris Review, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is the author of two award-winning collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, the latter of which was translated into four languages. In…

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Tutka Bay Writers Retreat – 2021

September 10 - September 12

11th annual 49 writers Tutka Bay writers retreat. Featuring acclaimed author Elena Passarello. September 10-12, 2021 at Tutka Bay Lodge. Elena Passarello’s essays have recently appeared in National Geographic, Paris Review, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is the author of two award-winning collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, the latter of which was translated into four languages. In 2019, Outside named Elena one of “25 Essential Women Authors Writing About the Wild.”…

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Reading and Conversation Series: Hank Lentfer

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: HANK LEFTNER Thursday, September 16 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Bio: Hank Lentfer flunked kindergarten his first time through. When his book, Raven’s Witness: The Life of Richard K Nelson, won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival, his older sister called to say she still had a hard time believing her brother could actually read, let alone write. Summers, Hank records the sounds of his wild neighbors. His library of…

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October 2021

Reading and Conversation Series: Emily Wall

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: EMILY WALL Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Bio: Emily lives in Juneau, Alaska. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. She's been teaching creative writing workshops there for over 20 years and deeply enjoys her work. One of her greatest pleasures is in teaching writers of all ages to craft poems and stories. ​She grew up in Portland, Oregon and earned an undergraduate degree at…

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