You already know Alaska is a beautiful place to live or visit. Maybe you’ve heard about our great writing organizations. But you may not know how many opportunities we have for writers, especially in the summer. Here’s a list for you:
North Words Writers Symposium will be May 31-June 3, 2017 in Skagway, Alaska. This year’s keynote speaker is world world travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux. A maximum of 50 registrants at the 2017 North Words Symposium will also engage with a faculty of Alaskan writers that includes John Straley, Sherry Simpson, Deb Vanasse, Tom Kizzia, Andy Hall, and Lenora Bell. Learn more at http://nwwriterss.com.
2017 Kachemak Bay Writers Conference will occur June 9-13, 2017 in Homer, Alaska—“a spectacular combination of first-rate faculty, true camaraderie, and dazzling scenery.” The keynote speaker will be Jane Smiley, and the faculty also includes Alaskan authors, and national editors and agents. See the site at http://sites.kpc.alaska.edu/writersconf/.
The Wrangell Mountains Center presents Writing on the River: RiverSong from July 26-31, 2017, a six-day, five-night adventure in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. This year’s workshop will feature river sprite and musical poet David Grimes, songwriter and journalist Brad Warren, and workshop director Nancy Cook. Together we will explore the ways wilderness can help inspire songs, stories, poems, and essays. Space is limited to nine student writers/ songwriters. More info at http://www.wrangells.org/riversong.
The vision of author Dana Stabenow, Storyknife Writers Retreat in Homer seeks to support women writers by providing uninterrupted time for development of their craft. When complete Storyknife Writers Retreat will have six cabins and host multiple residencies throughout the year. Storyknife is seeking funding for the remaining three cabins as well as the infrastructure, furnishings, and landscape development, but this year, three cabins are available. To apply or donate, see https://storyknife.org.
49 Writers has a Literary Roundup on their blog every other weekend, and that’s a great place to learn about what’s going on year-round. Check out 49writers.org.