49 Writers in Southeast Alaska

As part of our goal to expand 49 Writers programming to other parts of the state, we are working with local partners to develop a 2016 schedule of creative writing classes and author events in Juneau and other communities. This year the board of directors added three new members from Juneau—Joan Pardes, Katrina Pearson, and Amy O'Neill Houck—who bring new energy and a broad range of expertise to the organization.

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 to 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.

Click here for more information about the various options available and to join.

Writers Group

The writers group for members of 49 Writers meets every other month on the first Thursday. Email 49writers (at) gmail (dot) com for details.

Writer's Group on February 2 at 7pm at Kate and Bill's. Come discuss your writing goals and resolutions for the new year and network with Juneau writers. Email 49writers@gmail.com. 

Creative Writing Classes

If you would like to go on our Juneau/Southeast Alaska mailing list, please email 49writers (at) gmail (dot) com.

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.

We do not issue refunds if you cancel but 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.


Walking the Line by Susanna Mishler
When: January 30, 9am-noon
Where: Taku Graphics/Shorefast Editions, 5723 Concrete Ways
All genres

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 which 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.

$45 for members
$55 for nonmembers
Everything I Can Teach You About Humor Writing in 3 Hours by Geoff Kirsch
When: February 4, 6-9pm
Where: Taku Graphics/Shorefast Editions 5723 Concrete Way
All genres
Description: Humor writing is a craft -- like pottery, needlepoint or parallel parking. With proper technique and lots of practice, not only can you write humorously about almost anything; you can tell the same joke an infinite number of ways. In this class, I'll attempt to cram 20 years of comedy writing experience into three hours, during which I'll show you all sorts of moves to try in the privacy of your own home.
$45 for members
$55 for nonmembers
Set Your Fiction on Fire taught by Kim Heacox 
When: April 18, 6-9pm
Where: Classroom to be announced in Juneau
Genre: Fiction
Description: Working on a novel? Thinking about it? Looking for inspiration? A few ideas? Join Gustavus novelist Kim Heacox for a 3-hour-long workshop on how to improve your fiction. The author of JIMMY BLUEFEATHER (winner of the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for creative fiction), Kim will discuss:
1) character development: how to make one or more compelling character(s) that the readers care deeply for;
2) using strong points-of-view (and shifting points-of-view) to further develop characters and the story;
3) creating a plot that’s compelling, not corny; 
4) scene setting that adds tension by entering late and leaving early, and
5) compelling dialogue that employs intelligence, color, morality, humor and wit….
Each subject will cover about 30 minutes and involve short writing exercises and time for sharing. There will be an opening, a closing, and a 15-minute break in the middle. Kim will offer handouts and employ writing samples from Alaskan and non-Alaskan novelists, including Anthony Doerr, Charles Frazier, Chad Harbach, Seth Kantner, Eowyn Ivey and his own work, among others. Above all, he aims to make this workshop fun and illuminating. We hope to see you there.
$45 for members
$55 for nonmembers
More JUNEAU classes to come!

Friday March 11-Sunday March 13 at the Shrine of St. Therese Main Lodge in Juneau
Join us for a lovely retreat that will foster time to write in your busy lives.


  • Bring your own sleeping bag and pillow
  • Participants will be paired to host a meal for the group (hosting includes planning, purchasing the food, and preparation)
  • Bring your own alcohol (if so desired)
  • Bring your own coffee, tea, and snacks


  • No Instructor, Participant Led
  • Private Rooms (limit of ten). If participants would like to share rooms, great! There is no discount for sharing rooms.

Weekend Schedule:


  • Lodge opens at 4:30
  • Dinner at 6 pm
  • Evening Program – Intro to Weekend, Writing Time


  • Breakfast 8:30 am
  • Writing Time 9:30-12 (quiet time)
  • Lunch 12-1 pm
  • Writing Time 1-5 (quiet time)
  • Happy Hour (non alcoholic happiness accepted!)
  • Dinner 6 pm
  • Evening Program – Sharing


  • Breakfast 8:30 am
  • Writing Time 9:30-11 (quiet time)
  • Lodge Clean Up and Weekend Wrap Up
  • Noon Departure

Weekend Coordinators: Missy McMillan and Joan Pardes

CostProceeds from this weekend after expenses will go toward 49 Writers programming in Juneau. 

$100 for Members


$150 for Non-Members