49 writers events scheduled in Juneau, Anchorage this weekend

Anchorage-based 49 Alaska Writing Center has organized a writing workshop with author Amy O’Neill Houck in Juneau this Saturday, March 23. The workshop, “Characters: Real & Imagined,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The cost is $39 for members, and $45 for non-members.

Meanwhile, in Anchorage, Homer-based author Eva Saulitis be the featured guest, in a series of events organized by 49 Alaska Writing Center and the Alaska Quarterly Review.

First, on Friday, March 22, she’ll give a short reading from an essay published in Alaska Quarterly Review and subsequently present her discussion “Architecture 101: What Poetry Taught Me about Form in Non-Fiction,” which explores the magic of form in creative non-fiction and poetry. This event begins at 7 p.m. at the Great Harvest Bread Company, 570 E. Benson, Anchorage, and is free. Then on Saturday, March 23, Saulitis will teach an all-day workshop called “Prose/Poem: Exploring the Boundaries between Poetry and Prose.” This workshop will be held at the 49 Writers classroom at 645 W. 3rd Avenue in Anchorage. The cost is $85 for members, $95 for non-members. Registration information can be found at 49writingcenter.org.

Saulitis is the author of three books of poetry and prose. The most recent is ‘Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss in the Realm of Vanishing Orcas.” She has taught creative writing at the Kachemak Bay Campus of UAA for 13 years, and is on the faculty of the UAA Low-Residency MFA Program. For the past 24 years, she has studied orcas in Prince William Sound.

The 49 Alaska Writing Center is dedicated to supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. Now in its 31st year, it pursues this mission by offering writing classes and retreats and by organizing community literary events. Visit the organization’s blog at www.49writers.blogspot.com.


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