Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for 1 January 2016

New Year!
Last night, each of us wrapped up the past year with new experiences
stacked orderly or disorderly on the shelves of our years. Some of these
experiences will take a written form. They will become part of our public self.
Some of us will need support and encouragement. 49Writers is here to make the
path of writing and sharing easier for us.
Resolve To Write!
Invitations were sent out mid-December to current members for
the member’s only salon Resolve to
events in January in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer,
and Juneau. These popular salons in members homes are a chance to share
your goals; talk about what went wrong and what went right in 2015; and make
the writing connections that will carry your writing practice through the year.
If you are concerned that your membership might not be up-to-date, or you just
want to check, please feel free to email 49writers@gmail.com. 
49 Writers 2016
Class Schedule
Registration for 2016 classes and workshops will start on January 4th. Please
make sure that you watch our website for more information. Feel free to contact
us at 49writers@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Danger Close: Alaska
Saturday and Sunday, February 6th
and 7th, Sherry Simpson, Benjamin Busch, Elliott
Ackerman, and Lea Carpenter
will lead a two-day multi-genre workshop
for 24 evenly-apportioned civilian and veteran writers. Students will learn
about journalism in unsafe places, discuss why storytelling exists, view
multimedia explorations of war narrative, and question what it takes to “make
it” as a writer. Most importantly, students will participate in workshops
featuring their own writing, in addition to generating new material.
Close: Alaska will run from 9am-4pm,
with an hour for lunch, on both days. Cost is $150 total and registration will open on December 14 on
www.49writingcenter.org and will require the submission of a 3-5 page double-spaced
manuscript by January 11, 2016.
at the UAA Bookstore
Tuesday, January 5 from 10:00am-12:30 pm
at then UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Policy & Climate Adaption Webinar Series
Strategies for
Strengthening Alaska Native Village Roles in Natural Resource Management
is a Webinar presentation by Barrett Ristroph, a PhD student at
University of Hawaii.  This presentation discusses how Alaska’s tribes do
not have sovereignty over their traditional lands and natural resources on
which they depend for their nutritional and cultural survival, and the impact of
climate and social change on Alaska Native Villages.
Saturday, January 9 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at
the UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
True Crime as a Literary
Authors Tom Brennan, Leland Hale and Glen Klinkhart. Tom Brennan  (Dead
Man’s Dancer: The Mechele Linehan Story),
Glen Klinkhart  (Finding
), and Leland Hale (Butcher Baker) come together to discuss
their work and challenges writing True Crime books. 
Saturday, January 16 from
1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Morgan and Marthy Johnson present How to
Write and Sell Books.
Morgan is an accomplished author, teacher, journalist and publisher. With Kent
Sturgis she established Epicenter Press, a major publisher of Alaska titles with
more than 175 books covering Alaska history, biographies, aviation, humor, true
crime, mystery, dog mushing, Alaska Native themes. Marthy Johnson is a
freelance copy editor, writing instructor, and author of the reference book Write
& Wrong
and the recently published novel Break Point Down: Game Over

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. Note, there is free parking at UAA on Saturdays. For more information contact Rachel Epstein at 786-4782 or repstein2@uaa.alaska.edu. For a look at future events see https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore/events/special-events-calendar.cfm

Nature and Travel Writing Class
Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a 12-week nature and travel writing class beginning Jan. 27 in the Sierra Club office downtown. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature and travel writers, past and present. The cost is $240. To sign up for this Wednesday night class (7 to 9:30 p.m.), or for more information, contact Sherwonit at 245-0283 or akgriz@hotmail.com. Further information about the teacher is also available at www.billsherwonit.alaskawriters.com.


We hope to see you at the next installation of The Living Room: Stories for Grownups, to be held Friday, Jan. 8 in the back room at Jitters coffee house in Eagle River. Come hear stories and poems from people in our community who love all things literary. The program runs from 7-9 pm. Refreshments served. Mingle with other writers and readers at this free event. See our Facebook page at: The Living Room. Sign up to read or just come and listen. For more info, call or text Monica at 444-4633

The Alaska Marine Conservation
in search of volunteer storytellers to help lead a 3-hour storytelling workshop
for young fishermen. The workshop will take place Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Juneau, and will
focus on how narrative — expressed through a variety of mediums — can be used
at many levels of personal and professional communication. The workshop will
offer strategies for fishermen to access and tell their unique story. We believe
that strong personal and collective narratives are key factors in advocating
for healthy communities and ecosystems, and hope to share useful tools for
developing those narratives through this workshop. Ideally, our guest
storyteller would also have a connection to Alaskan fisheries, past or present.
If interested, please contact Hannah Heimbuch at 
hannah@akmarine.org, or (907) 299-4018
fifteenth Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will be held
on June 10-14 in Homer.
This year’s keynote is Pulitzer Prize winning, National Poet
Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She will be joined by Miriam Altshuler
(agent), Dan Beachy-Quick, Richard Chiappone, Jennine Capó Crucet, Alison
Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Lee Goodman, Richard Hoffman, Erin
Coughlin Hollowell, Sarah Leavitt, Nancy Lord, Jane Rosenman (editor), Peggy
Shumaker, Sherry Simpson, Frank Soos, and David Stevenson. For more
information and to register go to the 
The Alaska Historical Society has a new project, the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative,
and a small grant program intended to jump start projects across the state.
Grants of up to $1000 are available to individuals, organizations, and
businesses to advance seafood history projects around the state. Applications
are due on January 1, 2016 and available at 
AHS’s website.
is also an annotated bibliography with hundreds of entries that chart the
history of Alaska’s seafood industry. This is a must-have reference for
anyone engaged in fisheries or the study of Alaska history. Check out 
Alaska Fisheries: A Guide
to HistoryResources
on the website. Also visit the Alaska’s Historic Canneries
blog, a meeting-ground for fish heads. The organization is seeking
guest bloggers
to share not just historical information, but also stories.
Registration now open to the 2016 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, which will take place on September
9-11, 2016
at the Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning
novelist and short story writer Rick Moody will lead fiction writers in a
workshop will focus on experiment, imagination, and revision, techniques for
each, with an emphasis on writing prompts, close reading of sentences, and
ideas about structure. There will be much in-class writing, and the overall
atmosphere will stick close to supportiveness, collegiality, and constructive
improvement. The engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for
further work. Early registration fee is $600 for members and $650 for
nonmembers. For more information or to register, go to: 
sixth annual
North Words Writers Symposium will be held May 25-28 in Skagway.
Novelist/essayist/editor and storyteller supreme Brian Doyle of Portland,
Oregon (Mink River, The Plover, Martin Marten, and the
forthcoming Chicago) will be the 2016 keynote author. He will be joined
by Alaskan authors Kim Heacox, Eowyn Ivey, Heather Lende, Lynn Schooler, John
Straley, and Emily Wall. For more information and to register go to
360 North will start the 2015-16 season of
Writers’ Showcase. All Alaska writers are invited to submit fiction and
nonfiction pieces. Stories are read before a live studio audience by
professional actors, and later broadcast throughout Alaska on statewide public
TV and radio. Stories should be about 10 minutes long when read aloud. Profanity
will need to be edited for broadcast.
January 18,
2016                                February
25, 2016
April 25,
2016                                    June
2, 2016
Submit to arts
[at] ktoo [dot] org.
For questions contact Scott Burton
Arts, Culture and Music Producer at 907.463.6473

2016 Governor’s Awards
 ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday,
January 28th
. We will also continue the tradition of scheduling CHAMP Day
(Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums Partners), a legislative fly-in day,
on Wednesday, January 27th. Please start brainstorming ideas
for nominees and consider submitting a nomination! The nomination process will
open in August. This year’s Arts categories will be: Margaret Nick
Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts & Languages, Business Leadership, Arts
Advocacy and Individual Artist. A list of previous awardees can be found
Statewide Arts and Culture Conference
 will take place in Anchorage, Thursday, April
28th through Saturday, April 30th
. We are in the process of
exploring compelling themes, topics and national speakers for the convening.
Like our last conference, we will be engaging Alaskan artists in the planning
and production of the event. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply to
be a conference Partner Artist, which will open in the fall. If you have any
ideas to share with us, please send them our way by emailing 
Alaska Magazine is seeking pitches from
new and established writers. We are a publication for Alaska enthusiasts and
need a wide variety of articles. The best section to break into the magazine is
KtoB (formerly Ketchikan to Barrow), and includes everything from cool job
profiles to End of the Trail obituaries to a short write up about an
Alaska-made product. We’d also like to see queries about culture, history,
nature, interviews with Alaskans and feature articles ideas. Review recent hard
copy issues of Alaska magazine and visit
www.alaskamagazine.com for more about us, and then send short, descriptive pitches to
freelance contributing editor Susan Sommer at
Alderworks Alaska
and Artists Retreat
will be accepting residency applications
November 15,
2015 – January15, 2016
. For more information visit http://alderworksalaska.com
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