Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for August 21

Our autumn schedule of classes is now live! Are you interested in writing thrillers? Lyrical language? Spiritual writing? How about writing about love? Maintaining your social media network? How about just needing to jumpstart your writing? Want to work on reflection in personal essays or maybe the use of scene in fiction and nonfiction? There are many different classes available online and in Anchorage, Juneau, and Haines. Check it out and register at the 49 Writers website

Writers is seeking two “blitz team” volunteers, one to hang fliers in
six Eagle River locations and one to hang fliers in five Spenard locations.
Fliers arrive by mail to be posted two to three weeks in advance of our
signature events. Willing to help? Email 49writers (at) gmail.com.
, a local nonprofit organization committed to
diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice, will host a BBQ and a
poetry slam on Friday, August 21st at Sandy Beach. The event will be
held from 5:00-9:00pm. An open mic and poetry slam will commence at
6:30pm. Participants can sign up to read at 6pm. Poets and performers of all
ages and abilities are welcome.  Attendees are encouraged to bring food to
share. The event is free and open to the public
Book Week
will soon be upon us scheduled for Oct.
3 -11
. We would like to invite everyone to sign up by clicking the
participation form on the right side of the website at www.alaskabookweek.com
Once you submit your form, the coordinator will be in contact with you soon.
This year, we are making more of an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors
and possible venues so that we can expand on our yearly celebration–and
provide more representation for authors and their wonderful books!
We would also
like to remind Alaska Book Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube
campaign into our yearly celebration.
For questions
or comments, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at akbookweek@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
49 Writers Volunteer Seta

On Tuesday, September 8 at 7pm, Gary Geddes and Ann Eriksson will be be part of a Crosscurrents event at the Anchorage Museum – The Engaged Muse: Politics, Poetry and Narrative – What do these strange bedfellows have in common? Isn’t politics, like sex, verboten at the dinner table or in polite society? If you think of Canadians as passive or “nice,” Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes are a couple of writers who don’t hesitate to write about social and political issues, without letting content overwhelm their art and without becoming ideologues or partisans. Join these writers and moderator Jeremy Pataky for this live, on-stage discussion.

Meet author
Zoe Ferraris
via teleconference
on Thursday, September 17th, 7:00pm
at the Innovation Lab in the Lousasac Library.
Zoë Ferraris
moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived
in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a
group of Saudi- Palestinians. Her debut novel, Finding Nouf won the LA
Times Book Award. That novel and its follow-ups, City of Veils and Kingdom
of Strangers
, have been international bestsellers, publishing in over forty
countries. A new children’s book, The Hunt for the Pyxis, will be
published this summer. It is the first of a trilogy for mid-grade readers.
For more
information contact Stacia at mcgourtysa@muni.org  
Event address:
Z.J. Loussac Public Library
3600 Denali Street Anchorage, AK 99503
and Travel Writing Class
essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a 12-week nature and
travel writing class beginning Sept. 16, 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. 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.
posted their 
Schedule of Programs for July and August. Visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/media for
the full list of events. Below are some of the highlights. To confirm details
and dates, call the Marketing and Public Relations Department at 
(907) 929-9227.
your book at the
National Federation of Press Women Annual Conference, September 10 – 12 at the Captain Cook Hotel
Anchorage. Alaska Professional Communicators will provide at no charge an
opportunity for authors to sign and sell their books. Attendees, conference
speakers, and APC members can sign up for a place at the authors’ tables on
both Fri., Sept. 11, 3:45 – 4:30 PM and Sat., Sept. 12, 4:00 – 4:30 PM. Contact
Lizzie Newell at lizzie-n@gci.net to let her know the name of your
book(s). We will provide attendees a list of participating authors and their
be on hiatus for July and August. Starting September 20th at
Hugi-Lewis Studio, Parley will kick off a new season with readings from 10
(plus) local poets. There will be no marquee poet. Send a note to poetryparley@gmail.com
 if you want to be considered.
We will hold a few slots for new readers.
at the UAA Bookstore
Library Events

On Thursday, September 10, Gary Geddes and Ann Eriksson will be reading at 7pm at the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College. 

This September, 49 Writers and Alaska Quarterly Review are co-sponsoring a tour that will combine live literary events in the Southeast Alaska communities of Haines and Juneau with distance programming, in pursuit of 49 Writers’ goal to serve writers across the state. These events are supported in part by a grant by the National Endowment of the Arts.

The tour will begin in Haines with a free public reading by Melinda Moustakis accompanied by local writers and musicians on the evening of September 18, 6pm, at Haines Public Library. Moustakis will teach two workshops on September 18 and 20; registration information available on the 49 Writers website at http://www.49writingcenter.org/. On September 19 at 1pm, there will be a statewide discussion of Moustakis’s book Bear Down, Bear North on the statewide Online With Libraries (OWL) system and locally at the Haines Public Library. 

In Juneau, Moustakis will teach two workshops on September 22 and 23; registration information available on the 49 Writers website at http://www.49writingcenter.org/. She will end her stay in Alaska with a CrossCurrents event on September 24 at 6:30pm at the Juneau Downtown Library. The event is entitled “Shaped by the North” and will feature writers Moustakis, Ernestine Hayes, Brendan Jones, and  photographer Ben Huff discussing how the landscape has shaped them as artists and shaped their work.

Alaska Literary Awards
 were established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture
Foundation, through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, to
recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction,
playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres.  Any Alaska writer over the
age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the
work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the
awards. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this year. For more information,
and to apply, go to :http://bit.ly/2015AKLitAwards. The deadline
for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.
Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship
 awards recognize and support Alaska emerging artists of
exceptional talent. In the 2015 cycle, a select number of $2,500 fellowships
will be awarded to individual artists working in visual art, including film,
digital and media arts. For more information, and to apply, go to: http://bit.ly/2015BoocheverFellows. The
deadline for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.
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
at https://education.alaska.gov/aksca/pdf/Past_Recipients_GAAH.pdf.
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 aksca.info@alaska.gov
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)
 is conducting a
survey to inform its Live. Work. Play. Initiative, which seeks to make
Anchorage the number one city in America to live work and play by 2025. If you
live in Anchorage and care about the arts, please take a moment to add your
voice to this survey-it’s just two VERY short questions! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LiveWorkPlayAnchorage
Out Loud
deadline for schools is October 15, 2015Click here to hear from the 2015 National
Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. 
Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference,
 September 19-20, Anchorage. Early
registration starts May 2015. www.AlaskaWritersGuild.com
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.
University of
Alaska Press announces the release of Connecting Alaskans 
in Alaska from Telegraph to Broadband
by Heather E. Hudson. The book will be available
in September 2015. Cloth Price is $60.00 and it is also available in
we all know, back-to-school time is getting close. This also means the issue of
author signing is raised at the schools.
Barnes & Noble has scheduled school book fairs and fundraising events and is
in demand for local children’s book author presenters. If you are interested in
participating in these events, please contact Renee
Millner, Community Business
Development Manager
at 907-279-7323 or email her
at crm2784@bn.com

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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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