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Andromeda: Making A Scene

“Knowing what scenes are required in a novel is at the heart of the fictional art. The author has to write the obligatory scenes so that nothing of importance happens offstage. She must write the pivotal scenes and make quick expository moves from scene to scene. We can’t have three paragraphs to get the character …

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Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

As summer draws to a close, our thoughts turn to winter writing projects that will sustain us through the long, dark days. The new schedule of creative writing classes at 49 Writers is designed to both inspire and encourage you, while you hone your writerly skills and re-connect to your literary community. The Anchorage season …

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Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

Crosscurrents Southeast, featuring Alaskan authors Sherry Simpson (right) and Ernestine Hayes, is coming your way! Combining our popular Crosscurrents on-stage conversation with a creative writing workshop, 49 Writers is pleased to be bringing this program to Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Craig in September 2014. In Juneau, Sherry Simpson will also give a reading at Douglas Public …

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Andromeda: Why Reading and Revising Our Own Book Manuscripts Is So Hard, Part I

This week, I re-read the novel manuscript I’ve been working on for two years in what is my final significant revision before I send it out (fingers crossed) into the publishing world. I’ll probably sweep through it for typos and discontinuities, again, but I’ve gotten to the point where I’m equally blind to many of …

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Andromeda/Alaska Writer on the Road: Mandarin, Chess, Novel Writing, and Other Things That Make Sense–Eventually

One month ago, we moved to a tiny village in the mountains of northern Taiwan, where my husband snagged a short-term English teaching position. It’s a place of jade-colored mountains and pink-blossomed cherry trees, parks and trails, tea stalls and fried mushrooms stands, and mosaics and murals in honor of the aboriginal Tayal culture. In other words, …

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49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Tonight’s main event: First Friday, April 5, 7:00pm, Crosscurrents with visiting writer Nancy Zafris and Fairbanks author Frank Soos at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (7th Avenue entrance), who will discuss The Short Story: Alive and Well? Check out Nancy’s blog post earlier this week about Stories That Matter. There is still one slot …

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