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Happy Leap Year! – some suggestions for what you can do with that extra day

Welcome to your extra day. What will you do with it? I will be standing by to register to you for any of the amazing March or April classes 49 Writers is offering.  Maybe you want to learn how to write good endings and achieve closure, or learn about writing through the work of Anna …

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Guest Blogger Alyse Knorr: Six Poetic Forms at a Party

A poem’s form consists of the structural “rules” concerning elements like meter, rhyme, alliteration, or repetition. Each poetic form is like a different shaped vase into which water (language) can be poured. Each form has its own particular way of shaping meaning and progressing through a thought. Each has a unique system of organization and …

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Guest Blogger Katey Schultz In Favor of Flashing (fiction, y’all)

What do The Ramones, visual arts portraiture, and the elusive creative genius all have in common? Flash fiction, of course, though I should probably confess that, as a bona fide obsessive when it comes to the flash genre, it’s my personal opinion that all roads lead back to this jaw-dropping, fun, short-form style of writing. …

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Guest Bloggers Olga Livshin and Kathleen Tarr – Anna Akhmatova: Disaster Did Not Wither Her

Photo courtesy of Igor B. Runov View of Moscow street taken in January 2016 where Anna Akhmatova admirers have spray-painted her image and fragments from some of her earliest poems across a wall. Translation of above poem: “I was brazen, angry and funny I didn’t know at all this was — happiness.” —from By the …

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Guest Blogger: Alyse Knorr on Just Saying No to Dramatic Hamsters and Neat Pretty Bowties

“He loved Big Brother.” “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” “Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” “Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I …

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Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for January 22

There is one seat left for a civilian, and three seats left for veteran/active service members for the Danger Close: Alaska workshop. More info below. Also, now is the time to sign up for classes that start in January and February, including Deb Vanasse’s Craft Intensive: Masterful Writing ONLINE. 2016 Class Schedule Registration for 2016 …

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Guest Blogger Geoff Kirsch: Everything I Can Teach You About Comedy Writing in 3 Hours

Everyone has a “what I’m doing in Alaska” story: I got a job; I met someone; I watched too much Discovery Channel; I crossed a land bridge from Asia sometime between 60,000 and 50,000 BCE. But nobody moves here to become a comedy writer. Nobody, except me. You see, I spent most of my 20s …

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