Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

There’s still time to register for Christine Byl’s workshop tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 15, 9am-1pm, “Lyric Tinkering: The Poem as a Tool for Prose Writers. Click here for more details and to register. In this class, you’ll explore the poem not as a final product but as a process and a tool, one that can sharpen, hone, and incite prose work.

March classes at 49 Writers:

  • Monday, Mar. 3, 6-9pm, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council: “Fiction Intensive: Fantastic First Impressions” with Ali McCart
  • Saturday, Mar. 8, 9am-4pm, Anchorage Museum: “Flash Fiction in a Flash” with Katey Schultz
  • Friday, Mar. 14 to Sunday, Mar. 16, 645 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage: “Submitting Your Novel: The First 20 Pages” with Brendan Jones
  • Saturday, Mar. 15, 1-4pm, Egan Library, UAS Juneau Campus: “Complex and Conflicted Characters” with Don Rearden
Click here for more information on Anchorage classes. Click here for Juneau classes.

If you missed Camille Dungy when she was in Alaska last week, you can listen to her interview on KFBX. As for Sean Hill, he will be teaching a short form poetry class at KPC’s Kachemak Bay Campus, February 21-23. Call 907-235-7743 for registration information. He will also give a public reading in Homer on Friday, Feb. 21.

Tonight, Friday, Feb. 14, 7pm, Jitters, Eagle River: join The Living Room: Eagle River Writers Read for readings by local writers and people who love stories! It’s free! RSVP here.

Saturday, February 15, 9am-4pm, Pioneer Hall in Goldrush
Town, Pioneer Park:  Writing in the Dark. Treat yourself to an all-day
workshop by local author Daryl Farmer which is designed to help you
generate new material, gather ideas, and rejuvenate your writing. The
retreat includes breakfast and lunch, literary camaraderie and a delightful day
of stimulating discussion. Bring a notebook, a sample of some of your
favorite work (poetry or prose) and your sense of inventiveness. Registration
$40. Must be faxed (907-456-4112) or mailed to PO Box 72786, Fairbanks, AK
99707 or hand delivered to Fairbanks Arts Association Office.  For more information,
call 907-456-6485, extension 222.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5-7pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Readings, Writings, and Passages with author Sean Schubert, David Brown, Davitd Onufrychuk, and Bethany Maile. Sean Schubert is author of the zombie trilogy Infection, Containment, and Mitigation; David Brown is author of Deacon’s Crossbow; David Onofrychuk is a faculty member at APU; and Bethany Maile is a faculty member at UAA.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7pm, Hugi-Lewis Studio, 1008 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage: Poetry Parley is a free event on the third Wednesday of every month., where a local poet is featured, followed by a shared reading of works from a well-known poet, often one identified as a source of inspiration to the featured poet. On February 19, Elizabeth L. Thompson will read. Her poems have been published in F Zine, Cirque and Make-a-Scene. For four years, she has been the assistant curator of the Spenard Jazzfest show “Live and Moving: Poets in Full Meter” with the poetry band “Venus Transit.” The marquee poet is Jesse Bernstein (1950–1991), American underground writer and performance artist, who is most famous for his live readings in Seattle. Email for more information.


Friday, Feb. 21, 7pm, UAS Rec Center, this month’s Woosh Kinaadeiyí open mic and poetry slam takes place as part of the university’s Sound and Motion Series. The event, open to poets and performers of all ages and all abilities, will be hosted by Dee Jay DeRego and Colin Calk, with music by DJ Manu. Sign up to read at 6:30pm. Suggested donation is $5. Woosh Kinaadeiyí is a local nonprofit committed to diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice. The organization hosts monthly poetry slams and open mics throughout the community. For more information, visit, or email with questions.

Call for Entries! Fairbanks Arts Association’s Literary
Arts Committee is now accepting entries for the 20th Annual Poetry Contest. The
purpose of the contest is to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of
high quality poetry. This year’s juror will be Susanna Mishler.  Entries
will be accepted in Grade, Middle, and High School and Adult categories. Deadline
for entries has been pushed back to March
1, 6pm
. For more information, please click here.

Running Fox Books is pleased to bring you the latest from acclaimed novelists Gail Giles and Deb Vanasse, who team up in an adventure of music, magic, and myth that puts a fresh spin on a timeless tale. No Returns is available in softcover and digital format; the Kindle version is on special ($2.99) through February 14.

Today, Friday, Feb. 14, is the deadline for short story submissions to The Writers’ Showcase on the theme of “Awakenings”. If you have a piece, know of a piece, or want to compose a piece that is 5-12 minutes long when read aloud, please send us something to Submissions should include a brief explanation of publication history, and rights as applicable. Longer pieces may be considered. Stories will be read aloud before a live studio audience on March 6th, and will later broadcast on 360 North statewide TV and public radio stations in Alaska. For more information on the series, click here.

Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 13th ANNUAL 8X10 FESTIVAL OF NEW ALASKAN PLAYS. Eight ten-minute plays will be given rehearsed staged readings at the Festival, which will be held April 25 & 26 at FDA’s Hap Ryder Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks. Submissions must be postmarked no later than Saturday, Mar. 15 and sent or hand-delivered to: 8X10 Festival, Fairbanks Drama Association/Looking Glass Group Theatre, 1852 Second Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. For more information, contact: Peggy MacDonald Ferguson, Executive Director, Fairbanks Drama Association,

Poems in Place, a unique collaboration between Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of poets and writers, and residents of Alaska, will place a poem written by an Alaskan writer in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park’s system in the coming years. From January 15 to March 15, 2014, Poems in Place will be accepting poems, both original work and nominated poems written by Alaskan writers and submitted by appreciative readers, for Independence Mine State Historical Park, near Palmer, and Aleknagik State Recreation Site/ Wood Tikchik State Park, near Dillingham. No submission fees. An honorarium will be paid to the winning poets. For more information, contest rules and entry form please visit Poems in Place at: To see examples of current Poems in Place signs visit the Alaska State Parks website.

Alaska Business Monthly is looking to fill a Full-Time Associate Editor position immediately. If you’re interested in a 40 hours/week position with great benefits, the complete details are listed on Craigslist.

AWP, the country’s largest conference for writers, is on the horizon! (More about this in our Feb. 18 post). Meanwhile, you can check out the schedule of events here. You can also review the program in daily grid form (with magnifying glass in hand).

May 28-31, 2014, the fifth annual North Words Writers Symposium takes place in Skagway. This year’s keynote is celebrated British-American writer Simon Winchester (latest title: The Man Who United the States). Other topic faculty members include John Straley, Nick Jans, Heather Lende, and Deb Vanasse. Visit the North Words website for full details.

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