Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for December 4

The New Year is approaching and new, exciting classes offered by 49 Writers
are approaching too. We will wrap up the year with the List and Litany Workshop for which you still have time to register
. Check out the details at
the 49 Writers
AND LITANY with Caroline Goodwin
12 from 6:00-9:00pm
 at the Alaska Humanities Forum in Anchorage 161 E. 1st Ave.,
Door 15
December 17 from 6:00-9:00pm at Taku Graphics/Shorefast
Editions 5723 Concrete Way in Juneau
December 19 from

at the Island Institute 304 Baranof in
Price: $45 members/ $55
nonmembers. Register 
class is designed to help you walk confidently into the metaphorical “blank
page”.  As writers, we must do this again and again, regardless of whether
we are seasoned artists or just getting started. Our minds contain many doors,
our imaginations many openings and opportunities. In “List and Litany” we will
spend the first hour responding to a series of specific prompts. These will
take us through several imaginative doors. Next, we will read and begin to
shape our writings, looking for any patterns that present themselves. We will
listen to Christopher Dewdney perform a section of A Natural History of
Southwestern Ontario
 and we will read a few poems that use listing
effectively. The workshop will conclude with a reading and discussion of next
steps in developing the writing. Every student will have the opportunity to
send a piece of writing to the instructor via snail mail for a brief written
Resolve To Write!
There will be member’s only salon Resolve to Write 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. Invitations will be sent out mid-December to current members.
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. 
2016 Class Schedule
Registration for 2016 classes and workshops will begin at the
end of December. Please make sure that you watch our website for more
information. Feel free to contact us at 49writers@gmail.com if you have any
Danger Close: Alaska
on February 5, 2016 with a CrossCurrents event at the Anchorage Museum
and continuing throughout that weekend with an in-depth, one of a kind,
multi-genre writing workshop, Danger Close: Alaska aims to unite veteran
and civilian writers in the production of high-quality literature.
The CrossCurrents event is entitled “Who Owns The
Story?” and explores whether war as a topic of literature
“belongs” to veterans any more than it does non-veterans. Is there
room for depictions outside of combat? What defines “the experience?”
Join us, to hear and be heard, for a discussion with Sherry Simpson (The
Dominion of Bears
), Benjamin Busch (Dust to Dust), Elliott Ackerman
(Green on Blue) and Lea Carpenter (Eleven Days).
On Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7, Simpson, Busch,
Ackerman, and Carpenter will lead an two-day multi-genre workshop
that will feature panel discussions, craft talks, and critique workshops with
participant writing samples. Cost of the workshop will be $150 for both days
(9am-4pm with an hour for lunch, 12 hours of instruction), and registration
spaces will be evenly apportioned between civilians and veteran/active duty
service members.
Registration will open on December
49 Writers website and will require the
submission of a 3-5 page double-spaced manuscript by January 11, 2016.
amazing opportunity is being spearheaded by Matt Komatsu, Anchorage writer,
veteran, and full-time Alaska Air National Guardsman, and supported by Words
After War; Standing Together, a special initiative of the National Endowment
for the Humanities; the Alaska Humanities Forum; and 49 Writers.
at the UAA Bookstore
Saturday, December 12 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Sassara presents Propellers, Politics, and People: Chuck Sassara’s Alaska
Sassara , a longtime Alaskan, former legislator, pilot, and  businessman,
shares his life and adventures in the book Chuck Sassara’s Alaska –
Propellers,Politics and People
is invited to come and hear, uncensored, about the life and times of Chuck
is free parking at UAA on Saturdays
Monday, December 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU
Consortium Library, room 302A
Caroline Goodwin presents Peregrine
and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Caroline Goodwin received her MFA in Poetry
from the University of British Columbia and was awarded the Wallace Stegner
fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University in 1999.
is free parking at UAA during semester break. 
UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. For more
information contact Rachel Epstein at
repstein2@uaa.alaska.edu or 786-4782. For a look at future events visit
Library Events
next installation of 
The Living Room: Stories for Grownups, will be held Friday, Dec. 11, 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
up to read or just come and listen. For more info, call Monica Devine at
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 
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
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
Chairs Literary Journal
, a new literary journal publishing short stories and poetry
from new and emerging authors, seeks submissions and volunteers. They are
currently composing their flagship issue, straight out of JBER, AK. To learn
more, and to submit, email info@13chairs.com or
visit 13chairs.com.
Alderworks Alaska
and Artists Retreat
will be accepting residency applications
November 15,
2015 – January15, 2016
. For more information visit http://alderworksalaska.com
Thank You for Your Support and Happy Holidays!
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