Weekly Round-up of Alaska Writing News and Events

For those of you not sauntering down the
Homer spit for the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, there will be plenty of
events to wet your literary whistle. Of course, when I say, “plenty of
events,” I mean, “Go to Homer!”

may be summer, but we still have lots going on at 49 Writers. If you’re a
member, watch for an e-vite to a special members-only event on July 14 with
literary agent Jeff Kleinman. In Juneau, our next member event is on August 6
from 7-9 pm; again, members should watch for details via email. (Not a member? Head
over to our website to join.)

don’t forget to sign up for our Tutka Bay Writers Retreat…registration closes
July 1.

49 Writers Volunteer J.T. Torres


Events at the UAA Bookstore

June 15, 4-6 pm: Author and Activist Chris Dixon presents Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements
June 17, 4-6 pm: Author Martha Amore (Weathered Edge) presents “Capturing Character: The Mechanics of Writing Complex Personalities”
June 24, 4-6 pm: Of possible interest to speculative fiction writers, Nicolle Zellner presents Shock Chemistry’s Application to Origin of Life. Zellner’s research interests focus on understanding the impact history in the Earth-Moon system, the extraterrestrial delivery of biomolecules, and how impacts affect the conditions for life on Earth.

Poetry Parley, June 18. Visit the beautiful Hugi-Lewis on the 3rd Thursday of every month. This upcoming parley will feature Dawnell Smith.

2015 Sledgehammer
36-Hour Writing Contest
, July 25–26. The contest
begins with an online scavenger hunt that participants can complete from
anywhere. Along the way, they’ll collect four writing prompts, all of which
must be incorporated into their story, which is due by
 midnight on Sunday. Writers can compete individually
or as teams, and the contest is open to all ages.
prizes will be awarded to the best short stories of the weekend in the
following categories:

·  Individual
·  Team
·  Readers’ Choice
·  Judge’s Choice
·  Youth (two prizes:
elementary/middle school, high school)

Winners will also receive entry
to writing-related events and the coveted golden sledgehammers.
Registration is just $25 for
adults and $10/$5 for youth. Visit www.sledgehammercontest.com to learn more and register.

Local Library Events
Bestselling Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will visit Anchorage on June 11-12.  She will make presentations at four local libraries. Click here for the schedule.

Book Signings



Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, June 12-16. 2015’s keynote speaker is Andre Dubus III, and there are a host of amazing writers on the faculty this year (as there are every year). This year’s post-conference workshop at Tutka Bay Lodge, Finding the Geography of Our Work, will be led by 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award winner Afaa Weaver, June 16-18.

Festival of Readings, June 13-15. Here is a rundown of the
readings that will take place alongside the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. All events are open to the public. Book signings will follow each event.
8:00 p.m. on the 13th, international
best-selling novelist Andre Dubus III will read at the Homer High School
Mariner Theatre. There will be limited seating. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Get on “du bus” and arrive early!
7:30 p.m. on the14th, Alice’s Champagne Palace
will hear from Frank Soos, Peter Trachtenberg, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Adrianne
Harun, Nancy Lord, Afaa Weaver, Joy Castro, Simmons Buntin, and Justin Herrmann.

7:30 p.m. on the 15th, Land’s End
Resort will be treated to words from John Larison, Alice Friman, Eva Saulitis, Emily
Jenkins, Peggy Shumaker, Rich Chiappone, Kim Heacox, and Jeremy Pataky.

Colony Days at Fireside BooksJune 12-13. Fireside
Books is hosting a train of book-signings! Roger Woods will start off the series with his book,
Treasure, Alaska, Friday afternoon. On Saturday, come meet Mindy Dwyer, author of several Alaska children
books, and Marianne Schlegelmilch. If you haven’t started
Marianne’s Feather series, I hope you will soon! Ron Dalby will close out the signings with a
celebration of his new novel, Pipeline.


The Art of the Essay, June 26-28, with Frank Soos, is a three-day intense class in reading and writing personal essays. The essay as practiced from the beginning of the form up to the present day is the most open to experimentation and innovation of all the commonly practiced forms. They will explore that range by discussing a variety of essay forms to consider how an essay can be made. Details and registration info at Northern Susitna Institute, Talkeetna AK.


Five Days Left to Submit for the December Awards, Deadline June 15. This year’s judges are Joyce Carol Oates (fiction)
and Albert Goldbarth (nonfiction). 1st Prize: $1,500 and publication. Honorable
Mention: $500 and publication. All finalists listed in Fall/Winter 2015
Awards issue. Submit one story or one essay per entry between April 1 and
June 15, 2015. Each entry should not exceed 8,000 words. Name and address on
cover letter only. $20 entry fee includes copy of Awards issue. Submit online at 
www.december.submittable.com/submit or
by mail at PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105.

The Tutka Bay Writers Retreat: What better way to jumpstart your writing? Don’t miss out on a fantastic retreat featuring two outstanding guest instructors, Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes! September 11-13 at the fabulous Tutka Bay Lodge. Sign up today!

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, June 12-16, 2015 in Homer: keynote speaker is Andre Dubus III, and there are a host of amazing writers on the faculty this year (as there are every year).

Last Frontier Theatre Conference, June 14-20, in Valdez, features new work by playwrights from around the country. There are evening performances, 10-minute play slams, even a fringe festival. The deadline is past for play submissions, but they may still need actors.

Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop presents RiverSong with Frank Soos, Michelle McAfee, Robin Child, and Nancy Cook, July 22-27, McCarthy to Chitina. The Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop is pleased to partner with McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters to host a six-day, five-night adventure in the fabulous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This year’s workshop will feature poet and essayist, Frank Soos, who is currently serving as Alaska’s Writer Laureate, joined by accomplished singer-songwriter Michelle McAfee, backcountry banjo-diva Robin Child, and workshop director Nancy Cook. Together they will explore the ways wilderness can help inspire songs, stories, poems, and essays. Activities include an opening reading/performance and craft sessions in the comfort of the Wrangell Mountains Center’s facility in McCarthy, followed by three nights and four days of creative inquiry along the Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, and Copper Rivers. Space is limited to eight student writers/ songwriters.

Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Early registration starts May 2015. www.AlaskaWritersGuild.com

Alaska Women Speak is looking for a responsible
maven fluent with InDesign (CS6) layout and website savvy to join the
all-volunteer crew as Layout Editor. Here’s your chance to create for a 23rd year in the running, statewide, quarterly publication! This is not a
site-specific volunteer opportunity, but sound Internet connection is required.
Occasional Skype sessions apply. If interested, we’d love to hear from you.
Please contact us at alaskawomenspeak@yahoo.com


Poems in Place steering committee
recently selected four winning entries from poems written by Alaskans. Come September, Alaska
will have a poem or two in each of the state park’s seven regions.

Leyland Field’s poem, “Tideline” and Fred Stager’s poem, “The Compass Rose,” will be placed in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park
in Kodiak.  Aleria Jensen’s poem, “A
Soldier’s Station,” and Justine Pechuzal’s poem, “Pilgrims,” will be installed at
Caines Head State Recreational Area, Seward. Local creative writing workshops
will accompany sign dedications to be held in Kodiak and Seward this fall.
dates and details please stay tuned: http://www.alaskacenterforthebook.org/  

Have news or events you’d like to see listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) gmail.com. Your message must be received by noon on the Thursday before the roundup is scheduled to run. Unless your event falls in the “Opportunities” category, it should occur no more than 30 days from when we receive your email.
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