It’s happening: Alaskan authors appear on the New York Times bestseller lists, win Whiting Writers Awards, get listed as finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Writers of diverse cultures and backgrounds come together in Alaska to learn, develop, and share their common interests. That’s the Alaska that 49 Writers has cultivated and encouraged since our inception. Get involved at this exciting time as our state grows to nurture emerging and established writers while gaining increasing national respect as a home to literary excellence.
Writing can be taught. Although not all elements of the writing craft are amenable to transmissibility, most of them are accessible to perceptive and eager students. Granted, all that is needed to partake in the activity of writing are a pen and paper. However, to make the process joyous rather than laborious and the end product inspiring rather than insipid, one thing is missing – structure. The individuals willing to become published authors or simply excel in paper writing need the rigorous structure of writing courses. The transformative capacity of our classes has been witnessed by countless students with literary promise. Knowing how to write well has helped them to succeed in their academic and professional pursuits.
We do not offer a simple, graceful formula for taming uncouth sentences. There is no such formula. What we do offer is a structured approach to producing texts of publishable quality. Our world-class specialists will provide you with guidance and feedback necessary to articulate your thoughts clearly each time. We want you to write playfully. We want you to write with zeal. We want you to write
Hone Your Creative Writing Skills
We offer affordable creative writing classes of interest to writers at all levels—beginning, intermediate, and advanced. So whether you are just starting out or have already published, you will find a topic on the 49 Writers schedule that meets your needs. Perhaps you want to delve into some element of craft, such as sentence structure or character development. Or you might have reached the point where you need to dig into serious revision. Maybe you’re looking for inspiration from a special topic like spiritual writing or the literary uses of humor. Perhaps you’re drawn to explore the boundaries between poetry and prose. Find more information about our classes and faculty here.
For those of you who seek a remote writing experience, check out our writers retreat at the beautiful Tutka Bay Lodge, led each year by a nationally renowned author.
Join a Community of Writers
49 Writers provides numerous ways to engage with the literary community in and beyond Alaska. Follow our blog, which features posts on craft and the writing life by regular and guest contributors, author interviews, and a weekly news roundup. Members of 49 Writers receive invitations to literary salons and other gatherings and receive regular bulletins about opportunities of interest to Alaska writers. Many regular and one-off events connect writers and readers in many Alaska communities. Find out more about membership here. Follow us on Facebook and connect on Twitter.
Connect with Authors and Readers
Whether you are a writer or a reader, you can connect with authors through a variety of 49 Writers events, such as Crosscurrents or Reading & Craft Talks.
We also organize literary weekends in rural communities, so let us know if you are interested in hosting one.
In October, participate in Alaska Book Week, the statewide celebration of Alaska’s writers and their books coordinated by 49 Writers. You can create book displays, hold author events, participate in panels, give readings, stage community-wide events—anyone can get involved and celebrate. Every year, more Alaska writers gain national and international recognition—we are becoming a force on the literary scene.