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 Thursday in April 7, 7-9 pm, at Sarah Isto’s home. Network with Juneau writers. Email

Creative Writing Classes

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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, 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.

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.

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!