49 Writers in Southeast Alaska

Almost a quarter of our members live in Southeast Alaska, and can be found in Auke Bay, Douglas, Gustavus, Haines, Metlakatla, and Sitka. Our Juneau membership has grown five-fold over the last year, thanks to strong interest from writers in the community. Many of those new members attended our 2014 Resolve to Write gathering, at which we shared our writing aspirations and goals for the coming year. That meeting led to the formation of our regular Juneau writers group, where members meet to share their progress and read from their work.

If you would like to help us bring more authors to Juneau, do consider becoming a member. Your contribution makes it possible for 49 Writers grow and extend our mission to Southeast Alaska: supporting the artistic development of writers, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. Benefits of becoming a member—in addition to knowing you're supporting our vision of a vibrant community of Alaskan writers coming together to inspire, create, and share—include a tuition discount on creative writing classes, the opportunity to participate in the new writers group for 49 Writers members, and Invitations to members-only events with visiting writers.

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Writers Group

Thursday, February 5, 7-9 pm The writers group for members of 49 Writers meets every other month on the first Thursday. Next meeting is April 2. Email 49writers (at) gmail (dot) com for details.


Author Events

Literary Happy Hour: a new monthly event in Juneau
Sunday, April 26, 4:30-6pm, Coho's, 51 Egan Drive
Free - No Host Bar
Readings by Libby Bakalar (author of the Juneau-based blog One Hot Mess) and Geoff Kirsch (Juneau Empire columnist and humorist).  These two writers (who happened to be married) are truly funny!  Check out their work by clicking on their names. See you at Coho's!  
Book launch tour: Jeremy Pataky, author of Overwinter:
Thursday, March 19, Juneau, Heritage Coffee Roasting Co., Free
6:00pm Reading & Signing with Emily Wall
Friday, March 20, Haines Borough Public Library, Free
6:30pm Reception, followed by Reading in the Round and Book Signing
Sunday, March 22,Skagway Public Library, Free
3:00pm Craft Talk/Book Signing

Creative Writing Classes

Registration: All registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis; we do not hold slots. Payment in full is required at the time of registration and before participating in a class. You can register and pay with VISA/Mastercard via our secure server by clicking the "Register Now" links below. If you prefer to pay by check or PayPal (send to 49writers@gmail.com), complete and submit our online form. Class size is limited for some courses, so we recommend you register early to avoid disappointment.

Refund Policy: We do not issue refunds if you cancel. However, if you notify us at least 24 hours in advance, we will provide a tuition voucher in the amount of your registration (valid for one year) less a 10% cancelation fee. If 49 Writers has to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will issue a full tuition refund.

Attendance Methods: At this time we are unable to offer distance options for regular classes (either by teleconference or Skype) and participation must be in person. Dependent on future grant funding, we hope to offer the occasional class at your local library via Alaska OWL.

Spring 2015 Class Schedule


Tuesday, March 24, 6-8 pm 
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
“Reading poetry is an adventure in renewal, a creative act, a perpetual beginning, a rebirth of wonder,” says the poet Edward Hirsch. Poems require different reading strategies than other kinds of writing. In this short course, we’ll ask not what poems mean, but how they mean, as that common dictum prescribes. We’ll explore the concept of “slow reading” and consider its power in an increasingly fast-paced world. This reading course is suited for non-writers and writers alike. Anyone with a genuine interest in poetry is encouraged to participate. 

$30 members of 49 Writers


$35 nonmembers




Thursday, March 26, 6-9 pm

Location TBA

Andy Hall discusses insights from his long career as a writer and editor:

  • Newspaper writing: The news writing formula, how to learn it, how it will help you, and when to ignore it.
  • Magazine writing & long form narrative: finding a good story topic, how to research, how to draw readers in and keep them engaged.
  • Writing a book: vetting the idea, getting an agent, researching and writing a proposal, convincing the publisher’s editor to take it on, researching and writing the book, and surprises learned in the process.
  • Identifying a market for your work: Submission guidelines. Do’s and don’ts. Your rights, and other realities of working with publications
  • How to work with editors: they are your friends even if it doesn’t feel like it.
$50 members of 49 Writers

$60 nonmembers