Get Back to Your Writing This Fall

Summer in Alaska is a full-steam ahead, get-it-all-done,
hangout/work-outside kind of time. If you’re anything like me, you end up
sliding in September exhausted and maybe a little disoriented. Did you write
anything this summer? Did you manage to make the time to devote to your novel
or poetry or creative nonfiction essays? Maybe not. But September is a great
time to buckle back in.
Ah the smell of fresh pencils. When I was a kid, I loved the
ritual of shopping for school supplies. The fresh notebook, the ranks of very
pointy pencils, a pinkie eraser, and maybe if I was lucky, a new pencil case.
That blank notebook held such an allure for me, a chance to start again, a
chance to really pay attention and soak up the learning.
Here at 49 Writers, we’re hoping that this fall, we can help
you devote yourself to writing with lots of good advice and cool things to read
on the blog, workshops, CrossCurrent events, readings, craft talks, and more.
And if you want to really give yourself a good push, sign up for Deb Vanasse’s Jumpstart Your Writing workshop which
will be held on September 26 from 9am to 4pm at the Alaska Humanities Forum in
Anchorage. Don’t get stuck in neutral, shift into gear and get writing! Check
out all of the workshops in Anchorage, Haines, Juneau and ONLINE at our website and register today!

If you’re looking for an interesting event to help you start
thinking about the cross section of poetry, narrative, and politics in your
work, September’s CrossCurrents Anchorage event should fit the bill. Jeremy
Pataky will be in conversation with Gary Geddes and Ann Eriksson on September 8
at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum. Join us for a wonderful and evocative
conversation about writing on societal and political issues.
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