Public Events

Reading & Conversation Series

49 Writers typically schedules 3-4 Reading & Conversation events in the Fall and 3-4 in the Spring. We prefer to confirm presenters at least four weeks in advance but are always open to additional opportunities as they present themselves.

49 Writers’ Reading & Conversation events, which are free and open to the public, connect authors and audiences on topics related to the craft of writing.

The one-hour programs generally begin with a short reading followed by a brief craft talk and a question and answer session. When held in person, Reading and Conversation events are followed by book sales and book signings.

During virtual events, participants are encouraged to purchase the authors’ books through links to online vendors in Alaska.

The 49 Writers Crosscurrents program unites authors and audiences through lively discussions on a wide range of themes related to writers and their work. Programs may feature an individual writer or a panel of writers, and are typically moderated by a notable Alaskan writer familiar with the chosen terrain. The format may be online through Zoom or other platforms, or in-person at local public venues. 49 Writers welcomes ideas from our membership for both topics to be covered and guests to be featured, and encourages you to send them to

Special Events

49 Writers is always eager to take advantage of unique opportunities to support Alaska’s writing community through exciting and innovative public programming. We’ve sponsored public readings by some of the country’s foremost writers, worked in cooperation with other organizations on national reading and writing initiatives like the Big Read and Alaska Reads, and supported local writing events organized by our members statewide. We encourage anyone with a special project idea that might fit our mission to contact us at

Upcoming Public Events

Tue 16

Live from Storyknife: August

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sep 07
Sep 13

Inspirations Series: Paul Greci

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sep 22
Sep 23

Tutka Bay Writers Retreat – 2022

September 23 - September 25
Sep 26
Oct 03

Experiments in Comedic Writing

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 11

Moving Poems

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 20
Nov 02

Decolonize Writing

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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