Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for April 29


Anchorage’s Loussac Public Library’s Teen Writing Society
is a club for teen writers. They seek reliable adults to lead their meetings and provide writing prompts
or other activities. 49 Writers member Lynn Lovegreen has volunteered to lead
the April meetings and help find leaders for the future. 
idea is to have different adult writers volunteer to take each month, so the
teens benefit from seeing different writing types and styles. Or, if someone
would like to help longer-term, that is another possibility. At this point,
meetings are 6-7:30 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays, but there is some
room for flexibility. 
contact Lynn at
lynnlovegreen@gmail.com or teen librarian Jon P. Ebron at EbronJP@ci.anchorage.ak.us if you are interested or would like more

Bear Stories at Bear Tooth Theatrepub, inspired by Arctic Entries 
Thursday, June 9, evening show, time TBA 
Music by Todd Grebe & Cold Country
Tickets: $12, available May 24
Hosted by the International Association for Bear Research and Management
(IBA) with Arctic Entries volunteers and Bear Tooth. Proceeds benefit bear

EVENTS in MAT-SU, the KENAI, and elsewhere in Southcentral

49 Writers is pleased to partner with the Machetanz Arts Festival at the
Mat-Su College

on June 4 and 5 to facilitate six writing workshops and two panel discussions. Register today!

Full schedule: 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Session I (9:30 – 11:30 am)
Julie LeMay | F
inding Yourself in a Poem
While focusing on poetic techniques like metaphor and repetition, this workshop will use writing exercises to create poems about the self. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced poet, you’ll find this workshop a playful approach to getting some poems on the page. Open to all levels. 

Session II (12:30 – 2:30 pm)
Alyse Knorr | How Shall I Begin? Starting Your Piece with a Bang 
How do writers keep readers reading? What’s the best way to begin your short story, novel, memoir, or poem to set the mood, establish themes, and introduce conflict? This workshop will explore the art of beginnings, introductions, and first words. We will look at some top-notch examples, work through craft exercises, and finish class with several new beginnings and approaches to beginnings!

Session III (2:45 – 4:45 pm)
Don Rearden | The Sphere of Writing
Learn how to advance your fiction and nonfiction to the next level by giving your writing a 360-degree transformation. In this workshop you’ll be guided through a series of fun writing prompts that will help you understand and see the world your characters live in a new light. Learn how to craft complex and detailed environments and watch your characters come to life within their new realm of existence.

Panel Discussion (5 – 6:30 pm)
Panel: Julie LeMay, Alyse Knorr, Don Rearden | “You’ve Written Something, Now What?” 
You’ve written your masterpiece, now what? This panel will explore the different ways to get feedback on your written work and how to decide where to submit your work for publication. We’ll discuss literary journals, agents, developmental editors, and all the behind-the-scenes work you need to accomplish between your first draft and getting your words in front of readers.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Session I (9:30 – 11:30 am)
Lynn Lovegreen | Playing With Description
Good writers use description to set the scene or reveal character. We’ve all read a great line or sentence that describes perfectly, or cringed when a writer does too much or not enough. But how do we do that effectively? This workshop will explore description through reading and discussing examples, playing around with writing exercises, and finding what works for the writer in a specific audience, genre, and style.

Session II (12:30 – 2:30 pm)
Martha Amore | Capturing Character: The Mechanics of Writing Great Characters in Fiction and Nonfiction
Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, crafting complex and emotionally moving characters is critical to a successful piece of writing. This workshop focuses on how to develop your characters while advancing your story.

Session III (2:45 – 4:45 pm)
Susanna Mishler | Walking the Line

What exactly is a poetic line made of? What difference does it make where the line “breaks”? In this workshop participants will examine lines by contemporary English-language poets that are used to achieve very different effects. We will also experiment with lineation strategies and types with in-class exercises. Our exercises and guided discussion will help illuminate what makes a strong poetic line, and how an understanding of poetic lines can enhance our own writing and reading. Suitable for poets and prose writers, as well as readers, who would like to broaden their knowledge of poetic craft.

Panel Discussion (5 – 6:30 pm)
Panel: Lynn Lovegreen, Susanna Mishler, Martha Amore | Writing About Alaska Without Moose
How do you write authentically about a place that has inspired so much clichéd literature? We’ll explore how to develop written work imbued with place that doesn’t descend into overly-familiar themes and images.


Seeking Storytellers | On the
evening of
Thursday, June 9, the International Association for Bear
Research and Management
is hosting a Bear Storytelling Night at the Bear
Tooth Theatrepub
. The format will be inspired by Arctic Entries. The theme for
the show is
bears: bear encounters, bear lessons, bear observations,
bear obsessions, bear ANYTHING. Bear biologists, Alaskans of all ages,
visitors, anyone who has a good bear tale – are welcome to tell us their best
bear stories!

volunteers will
help with story selection and story coaching for the show. This event will
feature seven storytellers who will be selected based on the range of stories
submitted – from the funny to the scary, adorable to the bizarre, and
everything in between.
Once a story is submitted, they will follow up
either in person, on the phone, or through email. Arctic Entries
volunteers will work with you on developing the story, fleshing out the parts
that elicit a range of reactions from the audience, and finding a storytelling
technique that works for you. 
We also provide assistance with stage fright.
Please submit stories to submityourbearstory@gmail.com. Include your
name, email address, and phone number along with your story pitch. Thank you!

Seeking Writers and
Photographers for New Alaska Foodie Magazine
, a new magazine focused on food culture and practices in Alaska, will
hit the newsstands in June. Currently they are getting ready to launch
their website with lots of new content. They seek writers, photographers, recipe writers, and local chefs (who
want to be a resource to them). 

pitches should fall (loosely) into the categories: eat, drink, and food for
thought. Web articles will be between 250-400 words and will pay about
$50 per piece and an additional $25 for an accompanying photograph. The
rate is somewhat negotiable for more experienced writers/photographers and for
longer pieces. 

seek original recipes that can include your standard recipe and
a “how-to” video. They are not looking for another profile about
a great microbrewery or reviews of well-known restaurants. They want to expand what people know and think about food (and food culture) in Alaska while creating an archive of food practices throughout the state (both
urban and rural).

email your pitch to bree@edibleak.com with the subject line: Edible Article
Pitch.  Please include in your pitch sample writing clips, if you have

magazine is particularly interested in recruiting writers from outside of
Anchorage and writers who live in rural/bush areas of the state.  Don’t
let a lack of writing experience deter you from pitching a story, they are
interested in cultivating new writers who have great stories to share.”


Bay Writers’ Conference
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 

Participants of 49 Writers’
2014 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat gather
with Carolyn Forche in front of the main lodge.

Register now for the 2016 Tutka
Bay Writers Retreat,
 a 49 Writers program which will take place on September 9-11, 2016 at
the fantastic Tutka Bay L
Faculty instructor award-winning writer Debra Magpie Earling will lead fiction
writers in an in-depth writing workshop. Emphasizing 
in-class writing supportiveness, collegiality, and constructive
atmosphere, the engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for
further work. Early registration fee is $600 for members and $650 for
nonmembers. Learn more and register.

Storyknife Writers Retreat is open for submissions
for its inaugural Storyknife Fellow. We just can’t wait for all six proposed
cabin and main house to be built, so the Board of Directors of Storyknife is
beginning with a single Storyknife Fellow who will live in the beautifully
appointed cabin on the property. Women writers (over 21) can apply for a 2 week
to 4 week residency during the month of September 2016. The successful
candidate(s) will receive a $250 per week stipend at the end of their
residency. This money can be used to cover the costs of travel, food, and a
rental car if the resident is from out of the drivable area. The resident will
need to purchase and prepare their own meals, with the exception of a welcome
dinner and a farewell dinner, at the beginning and end of their stay. Learn more and apply

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 RiverThe PloverMartin
 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. Learn more and register

 seeks pitches from new and established writers. They 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), which includes
everything from cool job profiles to End of the Trail obituaries to a short
write up about an Alaska-made product. They’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 to learn more, 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.

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