Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for January 15

With all the great workshops and events organized for us it is often
difficult to decide which ones to attend. I wish I could attend all of them! There are still a few seats available for the exciting workshop Danger
Close: Alaska.
If you are interested, register soon.

To Write!
were sent out mid-December to current members for the member’s only salon Resolve
to Write
events in January in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Homer. 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. 
Class Schedule
for 2016 classes and workshops has started. Description, details, and
registration on our
website.  Feel free to
contact us at 49writers@gmail.com if you have any questions.
from Historical Research taught by Kate Partridge
February 13
and 27, 9am-noon
Memoirs: Let’s Do Some Writing! taught by Judith Conte
February 20-21
and 27-28, 1-3pm
What Women
Want taught by Martha Amore
March 3, 6-9pm
Writing Good Endings and Achieving Closure taught by Alyse Knorr
March 5, 6-9pm
with Anna Akhmatova taught by Olga Livshin and Kathleen Tarr
March 12 and
19, 9am-1pm
Forms of
Poetry taught by Alyse Knorr
April 6, 13,
20, and 27, 6-9pm
Use Microsoft Word to Publish your Book to Kindle taught by Lara Madden
April 7, 6-9pm
Set Your
Fiction on Fire taught by Kim Heacox
April 13,
the Censor: Nurturing Receptive Mind taught by Peter Kaufmann and Wendy Erd
April 8
6:30-8:30pm, April 9 9am-noon & 1-4pm
Walking the
Line by Susanna Mishler
January 30,
I Can Teach You About Humor Writing in 3 Hours by Geoff Kirsch
February 4,
Set Your
Fiction on Fire taught by Kim Heacox
April 18,
Intensive: Masterful Writing taught by Deb Vanasse
3 one-hour
online meetings plus asynchronous online activities
Jan. 26 – Feb.
15. One-hour online meetings would be on Tuesday nights, 7 – 8 pm AST.
Fiction taught by Katey Schultz
4 week
asynchronous (12 hours minimum) – one optional video chat – fiction
29-April 3
Without Whiplash: Managing Time in Fiction by Andromeda Romano-Lax
online class
April 4-25
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
www.49writingcenter.org and will require the
submission of a 3-5 page double-spaced manuscript by January 11, 2016.
Poetry Parley
Alaska laureate, Tom Sexton, is the
featured poet at January’s Poetry Parley
The event will be held at Blue Hollomon Gallery, January 20th, at 6:30 pm.  Sexton has selected English poet,
Philip Larkin, as the marquee, whose work will be read by others in
attendance.  For more information about this free, monthly event, email
Nature and Travel Writing
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
& presentations by J. Wallace Nichols,
scientist & author of Blue
the Hotel Captain Cook at 7-9 pm on
Sunday, January 24
. Dr. Nichols will read from his New York Times
best-selling book Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How
Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More
Connected, and Better at What You Do
which combines cutting-edge research
and compelling personal stories into remarkable truths. Join the conversation
that will follow the reading about basing communication on these benefits to
engage people in problem-solving for our ocean environment. The book will be
available for purchase and signing. 
Nichols will also provide keynote presentations at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium at the Hotel Captain Cook on
Monday, January 25
, during the Communicating Ocean Science Workshop, held
from 8 am-noon and during the
plenary session at 3:45-4:30 pm. For
more information about the Communicating Ocean Science Workshop, go to 
http://amss.nprb.org/program-schedule/workshops/. For more information
about the keynote presentation, go to
http://amss.nprb.org/program-schedule/keynote-presentations/Dr. Nichols. 
events are free of charge. Contact Marilyn Sigman
msigman@alaska.edu for more information.
at the UAA Bookstore
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.
Lael 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 &
and the recently published novel Break Point Down: Game Over
January 19 from 10:00am-12:30pm at UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Policy & Climate Adaption Webinar Series: 
Tribal Sovereignty &
Climate Change for Alaska Natives
is a Webinar presentation by Professor Elizabeth Krank ,
University of Kansas School of Law.  The presentation discusses how
tribally-specific tools and resources regarding tribal governments can
effectively manage natural resources and encourage the federal government to
recognize its trust responsibility to the Villages.  In addition, it
addresses how the protection of the environment is consistent with the cultural
and traditional needs of Villages.  
for this event there is free parking in the Library Lot, Library NE lot and the
East garage. 
January 23 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Peter Dunlap-Shohl presents My Degeneration: A Journey Through
Parkinson’s, A Graphic Novel
book explores what it is like living with Parkinson’s and the numerous mental
and physical changes brought on by the disease.  Besides being a memoir,
it explores new ways one can view the world and have a decent quality of life
with the disease.  
Dunlap-Shohl worked as a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for
twenty-five years.
January 29 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307

Chilkoot Charlie’s Mike
Gordon:  Learning the Ropes
Gordon, of Chilkoot Charlie’s fame, shares stories about his life, Alaska,
mountain climbing and personal challenges.  From arriving in Seward in
1953, to creating an internationally known nightclub, to summiting the highest
mountains on six continents, to finishing a Master’s degree at Alaska Pacific
University, to keeping a marriage of thirty-two years, Mike Gordon life seems
idyllic.  However, underneath his quite public successes are stories that
acknowledge the many low places in his life and include how he ultimately manages
to face his personal demons and put his priorities in order. 
is free parking at UAA on Fridays.   
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.eduFor a look at future events see https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore/events/special-events-calendar.cfm
Library Events
Alaska Marine Conservation Council and writers Tele Aadsen
and Miranda Weiss for a storytelling workshop for young fishermen! The best
spokespeople for Alaska’s fisheries are those that live in the thick of it —
those that know the rhythm of a North Pacific ground swell and the
joy of bringing wild fish from ocean to table. Come and learn more about how
you can speak for the way of life and the fisheries you love. Learn how to use
your voice to shape a strong future for our coastal communities and the fish
they depend on, listen to others’ stories, and leave impassioned to speak for
Alaska’s next generation of fishermen.
This is a free
3-hour workshop, taking place in Juneau at 9 a.m. January 30, the
Saturday morning following the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit. We will meet at
the Catholic Church in downtown Juneau (416 5th Street). Coffee, snacks
and writing materials provided. 
check out more on the awesome workshop leaders visit their blogs and links to
their work below! 

Miranda Weiss: 

Tele Aadsen: “One woman at sea, trolling for the truth” 
RSVP via the
Facebook Event at:
Contact for
more information: Hannah Heimbuch —
Kinaadeiyí Spoken Word Workshop!
January 17th
from 1-4pm, at Kindred Post, 145 South Franklin.
workshop will be taught by spoken word artists Christy NaMee Eriksen and Dee
Jay DeRego, both seasoned writers who have performed on stages across the
nation. NaMee and Dee Jay will guide writing exercises, speaking/performance
exercises, revision, sharing, and feedback in a supportive, inclusive
environment. This is an all ages, all abilities event. If you have interest in
creative writing or performance, you are encouraged to attend. No experience is
necessary. To make the workshop accessible, the fee is on a sliding scale of
$10-25. If cost is an issue, please make sure to email us. We encourage
participants to RSVP so we can prepare! Please email
juneaupoetryslam@gmail.com to let us know you’re attending.
Alaska Marine Conservation Council
is 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, who 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 
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
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: 
Statewide Poetry Contest
February 1, 2016, 6:00 pm
Arts Association (FAA) is now accepting entries for the 22nd Annual Statewide
Poetry Contest, judged by James Engelhardt. The purpose of the contest is to
encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high-quality poetry.
year, FAA and KUAC are partnering to bring the poetry of the contest’s winners
to a larger audience; winners will be asked to record their poems for broadcast
on KUAC’s radio station FM 89.9 in celebration of Alaska’s own poetry during
National Poetry Month in April. The winners of the Statewide Poetry Contest
will also be invited to read their poems alongside judge James Engelhardt at a
special literary reading on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm at Fairbanks Arts Association’s
Bear Gallery (3rd Floor Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park,
2300 Airport Way).
– 1st Place $150 | 2nd Place $100 | 3rd Place $50
School – 1st Place $100 | 2nd Place $50 | 3rd Place $25
& Middle School – 1st Place $50 | 2nd Place $30 | 3rd Place $15
Fee: Grade, Middle and High School: $3 per poem or $10/four poems.
$4 per poem or $13/four poems.
more information about the poetry contest, click 
here, visit www.fairbanksarts.org, or call 907-456-6485 ext.226.
Distance Critique
professional feedback on your writing for ADULTS, teens, or children! How
does it work? Register and send your material in by due date (January; they
send it to a professional literary agent who critiques and sends it back.
Optional workshop to discuss critiques. Brought to you by The Society
of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI, Alaska Chapter, but this critique
is for writers of any content. 
sixth annual
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
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,
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 

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 Writers and Artists Retreat will be accepting residency
15, 2015 – Fabruary15, 2016 (EXTENDED)
. For more information visit http://alderworksalaska.com
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