Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

Last night, after a well-received Crosscurrents onstage conversation with Don Rearden in Anchorage on Wednesday, acclaimed fiction writer Ron Carlson delighted a Homer audience with his wit and wisdom at a Kachemak Bay Campus reading. Big thanks to Carol Swartz at KBC for hosting as part of their visiting writers series. Even if you couldn’t attend, you can find the story he read,  “The Contest,” in this month’s issue of Atlantic Monthly. Or, if you’d like to beef up on some Carlson advice, read Deb Vanasse’s Tuesday blog post, “Noteworthy: Ron Carlson.” Today Ron is headed across the water to Tutka Bay Lodge, where he will lead this year’s 49 Writers Retreat.

today, Friday, Sept. 6, registration
closes for the Alaska Writers Guild Conference, in conjunction with the Society
for Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators (SCWBI). No walk-in registrations
will be accepted. Download a copy of the conference schedule here.

This weekend, Poems in Place is bringing you creative writing workshops
and Poems in Place dedications. Saturday,
Sept. 7, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
, at Totem Bight State Historical Park,
Ketchikan, Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall will be leading a free workshop
called “Writing on the Wind, A Celebration of Place.” Sunday, Sept. 8, 3-4:30pm at the Clan House, Totem Bight, there
will be dedication of the two winning Poems in Place and readings by the poets
Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall.  Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-3:30pm and Sunday,
Sept. 15, 9:30-11am
, Peggy Shumaker and Frank Soos will teach a free
workshop, “Writing Our Places” at Twin Bear Camp, Mile 30 Chena River
State Recreation Area. The dedication and unveiling of the two poems in Chena
River SRA will take place Sunday,
Sept. 15, 1-3pm
. Meet at Rosehip Campground Mile 27 at 1pm. To register or
for more information about either event, please email

Sept. 7, 6-9pm,
local author G.E.M. Thomas will hold a release party at Taproot on Spenard for
his novel, Strong Roads Blues and Greens
and Blood
to which you’re all invited. Join the fun for live island music, an author
reading, and an iPad raffle and giveaway.

Sept. 11, 3:30-6pm, Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer: Wendy Erd presents a creative writing workshop to celebrate the places we walk by on our way to somewhere else. Erd is completing a Poetry on the Trail installation in conjunction with the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center as part of Old Town AIR. Bring a notebook and pen, a willingness to experiment, and a warm jacket. You’ll write and post poems of place in the landscape of Old Town and celebrate with a group walk-about reading. Free workshop open to all (age 14+). Practiced and new writers welcome.

Jim Sweeney will give the first 49 Writers Reading & Craft Talk of the season, “No Higher Ground,” on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7pm, at Great Harvest Bread Company in Anchorage.

Want to sell your book and meet new readers? Calling all
Alaska-based authors! Registration for the Great Alaska Book Fair at APU closes Sept. 15 – click here for more information and to register. The Book Fair
takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-5pm, and is brought to you by
the Alaska Writers Guild and Alaska Pacific University as part of Alaska Book

Alaska Artists: the deadline to apply for the
Rasmuson Foundation Artist
Residency Program
is Sept. 15.
These eight-week residencies are a great way to enhance your artistic
development and expand your learning network. If you’re interested, there’s a
workshop today, Sept. 6, 4-5pm, at
the Reynolds Classroom at the Anchorage Museum. No RSVP required.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7pm – Mark your calendars for the new season of Poetry Parley, to be hosted by the Hugi-Lewis Studio, 1008 W. Northern Lights, Anchorage. Details coming soon.

have until Sept. 21
to submit your votes for the Readers’ Choice Award in this year’s Sledgehammer
36-Hour Writing Contest – with a significant number of stories by Alaskan
writers to pick from. Visit the Sledgehammer

to read the stories and vote for your favorite three. Winners will be announced
Sept. 30. 

an Outstanding Community Leader for the George Garrett Award
you know someone who has shown exceptional generosity to the next generation of
writers? Nominate him or her for the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding
Community Service in Literature. The winner receives a lifetime AWP membership
and a $2,000 honorarium, along with travel, accommodations, and registration to
attend AWP’s annual conference in Seattle, where the award will be publicly
conferred. We welcome letters of nomination postmarked by Sept. 15.

a Lit Mag for AWP’s Small Press Publisher Awards
you a fan of an innovative, creative, and industry-leading literary magazine?
Nominate your favorite for AWP’s Small Press Publisher Award. The award
includes a $2,000 honorarium and a complimentary exhibit booth, including two
complimentary conference registrations, at our Annual Conference & Bookfair
in the year following the recipient’s recognition. Submit a PDF letter of
nomination to by Sept. 15.

Cirque is accepting submissions for the 2013 Winter Solstice
issue, deadline Sept. 21. They are considering
writing in all genres, and also photos and art. Please send inquiries and
submissions to, and visit their website for
more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7-9:30pm, Sierra Club, 750 W. 2nd Ave. #100, Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will begin teaching a 12-week nature and travel writing class. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240. To sign up or for more information, contact Sherwonit at or 245-0283.

Congratulations to Fairbanks writer Nicole Stellon O’Donnell, winner of the 2013 Willa Literary Award in Poetry for Steam Laundry (Red Hen Press). Very exciting to see another Alaskan receive national recognition for her work.

49 Writers member Sue Pope has had another essay
published, in Under the Sun. You can read “Looking for Joe”

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