Holleman and Anne Coray Announce Public Reading
Holleman and Anne Coray host a public reading of the anthology, Crosscurrents
North: ALASKANS ON THE ENVIRONMENT, which they edited. The reading is
Friday, September 12, 7 PM, at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
Contributors to this anthology span the state and include familiar names:
John Haines, Nick Jans, Peggy Shumaker, Nancy Lord, and Richard Nelson.
There are also new voices like Mike Burwell and Amy Crawford, and Alaska
Native writers, including Joan Kane and Howard Luke.
Sherwonit pens book of essays,
Living With Wildness:
An Alaskan Odyssey
Bill Sherwonit announces the release of his book, Living with
Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey. Bill says: “The book is a
collection of essays that explore and reflect upon my own, and our culture’s,
relationship with wild nature, from urban centers to remote wilderness,
while also considering the wildness we carry within us.” Bill lives
in Anchorage and is an AlaskaWriters member. Visit his website
for details and updates.
Release dates: Alaska mid-June, nationally in mid-July.
Romano-Lax blogs about Alaska writers
writer (and charter AlaskaWriters member) Andromeda Romano-Lax has a new
blog featuring Alaska writers. It’s a great concept: She’s
featuring 49 writers from the 49th state. Check it out at http://49writers.blogspot.com.
on Alaska Natives & Schools Released
Bates wrote AlaskaWriters recently to let us know of a book he has co-authored
with Father Michael Oleksa called Conflicting Landscapes, American
Schooling/Alaska Natives, published by the Kuskokwim Corporation.
Clif bates writes: “Native corporations rarely, if ever, step into
this arena of publishing. …But [Kuskokwim] looked at it as an investment
in their future: the well-being of Native children.”
[Corrected link follows:] See more from
the publisher’s announcement at http://www.kuskokwim.com/investments.php.
word from Marty Beckerman...
him? Once upon a time, he was a wet-behind-the-ears "Perfect World-er,"
at the Anchorage Daily News. Now he’s a publishing pro, and not
at all shy about tooting his own marketing horn: “After years of
waiting, and just in time for political season, I
am pleased to announce: DUMBOCRACY is shipping from Amazon.com.…
This is the best piece of writing I've ever had published. It has the
zero-b.s. tone and scathing humor of my very early work, but with a clarity,
moderation and mass appeal that I've lacked in the past.…If you're
sick of the dangerously simpleminded political "dialogue" in
our country, you will love this book. If you are capable of laughing or
thinking -- or both at the same time -- you will love this book.”
Playhouse (still?) seeking writers
Goodrich writes: “Found this notice in Homer this summer: Seeking
artists, poets, storytellers. Contact e-mail is email@example.com,
or call 907.224-ARTS. Please pass on to writers, storytellers, and
When last I heard from Sandi, she reported finiishing a humorous satire
mystery "No Tell Motel.” A great accomplishment, especially
for those of us who have a hard time finishing an e-mail sometimes. We
await word on that and perhaps another project on women and climbing....
Speaks to Alaska Writers Guild Sept. 16
The Alaska Writers Guild (a member site,
but otherwise not affiliated with AlaskaWriters.com) announces its Tuesday,
Sept. 16 (7 p.m.) guest speaker will be Bob Bell, founder of F. Robert
Bell and Associates, one of Alaska's largest engineering firms, and author
of "Oh No! We're Gonna Die" a compilation of short stories about
close calls in Alaska. For more information, see the Alaska Writers Guild
site, at the link, below right.
Senkowsky, Amanda Coyne author book on Alaska’s urban past and present
A book co-authored by AlaskaWriters editor
Sonya Senkowsky and Amanda Coyne is on shelves now. Alaska
Then & Now: Anchorage, Juneau & Fairbanks , released in April
2008 by Thunder Bay Press, is a photographic journey through the past
and present of Alaska’s most populous cities.
Radio Seeks Writers
nonfiction writer Ginny Mahar, of Juneau, invites writers, storytellers
and poets to contribute to her spoken-word show “Letters from the
North.” View guidelines and archives at the Letters
from the North blog.
Women’s Travel Writing ’07 to include story by Barbara Brown
In 2003, AlaskaWriters member Barbara
Brown toured waterparks across the country with her daughter. Now,
one of a collection of stories she wrote from that experience has been
selected to appear in the Best Women’s Travel Writing
2007. Congratulations, Barbara! Visit her
site to read an excerpt, or read below to see how to be part of this
busy writer’s next project.
thoughts to share?
“Imagine a thought -- a little,
daily, one-minute thought with the power to change the world.” So
begins the latest Barbara Brown writing/thought experiment. She is asking
for contributors to submit thoughts for public radio broadcast, for daily
podcasts, and for a national website. If you are a connoisseur of quotes
and can provide them in increments of no more than 1 minute-15-seconds,
check out Barbara Brown’s
Web site for more.
member: Nancy Owens Barnes
to Nancy Owens Barnes, author of South to Alaska, the tale of
her father Melvin’s perilous solo 10,000-mile journey from Arkansas
to Alaska in a boat he built in his backyard. “Barnes washes
the grit of Depression-era farm life into a gentle current of beauty and
inspiration for anyone who has ever had a dream.” Check out
Nancy Owens Barnes' South to Alaska
Meet with AKRWA for critiques:
weekly meetings open to members
Would you like to warm up your romance writing skills? Consider the Alaska
Romance Writers of America. In addition to regular monthly meetings,
the Eagle River-based group offers weekly critique meetings on Tuesdays
for current members. For more information, visit
the AKRWA site.
Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
now being accepted for the 28th annual Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition,
created to recognize and encourage the efforts of writers who have not
yet achieved major-market success. Writers will compete for a $1,000 first
prize, $500 second prize, and $500 third prize in this internationally
acclaimed competition. Several honorable mentions are also awarded each
year. Stories in all genres of fiction are welcome. Maximum length is
3,000 words, and writers retain all rights to their work. The final deadline
is May 15, 2008; winners will be announced at the end of July.
For complete guidelines, please visit www.shortstorycompetition.com, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, or send an SASE to the Lorian Hemingway Short Story
Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041.
out to Alaskan communicators: Show us your best from 2007
the Alaska Professional Communicators 2008 contest to see how your work
(from 2007) stacks up against the best in Alaska and the U.S. Winners
will go on to compete nationally. Open to all Alaska resident communicators
across 78 categories, including print journalism, books, broadcasting,
the Web, and more. Visit www.akprocom.com,
and click on "Contests" for full details. Deadlines are Jan.
31, 2008, for books and related entries, Feb. 8, 2008, for all other materials.
NFPW Job Bank Now Open
NFPW, parent organization of Alaska
Professional Communicators (members of AlaskaWriters.com), just launched
its new job bank. This is a new Web-based service for NPFW members only
that lists a wide variety of jobs in journalism and public relations located
throughout the nation, along with contact information for each. Go to
the NFPW home page and check it out!
• Welcome to new member, Rupert Pratt, author of
Touching the Ancient One: A True Story of Tragedy and Reunion,
which tells of the deadly crash of an Air Force C-47 north of Talkeetna,
Alaska, in 1954. Pratt was one of six survivors of the crash, which killed
10. His account won the Military Writers Society of America 2006 Silver
Medal Award for Biographies. Rupert, who now lives
in New York State, plans a July 2007 Alaska book tour, including signings
in Anchorage, Palmer and at Veterans Memorial Park at mile 147.1 on the
George Parks Highway. Check out
Rupert Pratt’s Website for more information.
•The American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, announces
the 2007 AAAS Science Journalism Awards. The deadline for submissions
is 1 August 2007. The contest year is July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. Each
category winner will receive $3,000. For information, visit
the AAAS site. Writing
caught unaware when writing contest time comes around. Many entry deadlines
fall around the beginning or end of the year, but the organizations often
don’t give the early warning we’d like. Here are a few contests
Alaska writers may want to keep on their calendars, along with when their
deadlines fell last year.
>>Northwest Excellence in Journalism
Awards (SPJ): Not yet announced, but was early/mid-February in 2006.
of Professional Journalists SDX Awards: Early February.
Creative Writing Contest, 20+ categories (including new blogs category),
cash prizes; winning pieces published in a special insert. Entries must
be received by April 13, 2007.
>> Alaska Professional
Communicators 2007 communications contest (formerly Alaska Press Women):
February 1/February 12, with earlier deadline applying to book entries.
Now open to all Alaskans.
Lifestyle Journalism Awards, mid-December.
Alaska Postcard Contest, mid-August
>>Other Alaska writing-related links
Writer’s Digest Short Story
Competition Call for Entries
Missed the local fast fiction contest by the Anchorage Press? The 7th
Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is accepting entries
for the best fiction you can write in 1,500 words or less. The deadline
is December 1, 2006. Grand prize: $3,000. Find guidelines online.
• We're proud to welcome the Alaska
chapter of Romance Writers of America, which is hosting a Halloween
writing contest for members, deadline October 31, 2006. Visit their site
at www.akrwa.org for more about the
contest or how to join.
• Closed for repairs: The AlaskaWriters Forum was
attracting too much spam, so we have closed it while researching other
3/3/06 - Welcome to new member Lesley
Thomas, author of the novel “Flight of the
Goose: A Story of the Far North.” Lesley now lives in Seattle,
but grew up in the Arctic. She returns to Alaska “to visit family,
go to fishcamp, pick berries and climb hills.” She’ll soon
add “sell books” to that list. She visits Anchorage and Fairbanks
April 5-8 for a book tour.
• 2/10/06 - Congratulations to
Elise Patkotak, our newest AlaskaWriters member, and the
first to take the plunge into blogging. Elise is an Anchorage columnist
and author of “Parallel Logic,” the tale
of her 30 years living in Barrow. Her new AlaskaWriters site is located
• Welcome to AlaskaWriters member Marguerite
Reiss-Kern, a chronicler of life’s journeys and adventures,
both physical and spiritual. She is co-author of Bear Attacks
of the Century (2005) as well as Holy Nudges,
published following a 17,000-mile “faith pilgrimage — destination
unknown” with her youngest son, aged 10.
• Welcome to AlaskaWriters member Barbara
Brown, who created a spectacular site where you can both read—and
listen to—her writing!
in six figures!
AlaskaWriters member (and longtime nonfiction writer) Andromeda Romano-Lax
can stop biting her nails over how her first novel will sell. The Spanish Bow has been greeted with
six-figure enthusiasm in the publishing marketplace. Oct. 27 on theBookSeller.com
(subscription required), Nicholas Clee called Andromeda's book "The Continental
novel in most demand," and reported a six- figure deal with Harcourt Brace,
with multiple foreign rights also being sold or being negotiated. The
book is a fictionalized account of the life of the Spanish-born cellist
Pablo Casals. (Check out also how the column
by Anchorage Daily News reporter Mark Baechtel made use of Andromeda's
Andromeda has also agreed to be the first guest-host
in the AlaskaWriters new bulletin board/discussion area. Look for a special
message and invitation to take part after Nov. 20 2005, or you can sign
up early and leave your own message or writing question now.
>>See Andromeda's site
Today boosts Lende’s new book
since a spring run-in between her bicycle and a truck, Haines
writer Heather Lende has been focusing more on recuperation than book
promotion. But, despite her canceled book tour, Lende’s new release
popped up on a recent USA Today list of five
summer sleepers. In the words of reviewer Bob Minzesheimer, Lende’s
book, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name (Algonquin, June 3) has “a
shot at joining the big-time this season.” He also said: “Who
knew a writer could find so much human drama, simple pleasure and thorny
issues in such a remote place? If you like the stories on Prairie Home
Companion or Northern Exposure, you’ll love some real news from
Heather Lende’s site
Daredevil’ Sandi Sumner celebrates Alaska’s women pilotsSpring
2005 —Though not a pilot herself, Sandi Sumner believes she was
destined to tell the tale of Alaska’s women pilots. “I'm never
going to climb in the cockpit of an aerobatic plane ... or skydive out
of a perfectly good airplane,” she’s said, “but it was
great fun to meet women who live to do this very thing!” Her book,
Women Pilots of Alaska, was released January 2005 by McFarland Publishing.
She’s using her new AlaskaWriters Web site to announce her appearances
as well as feature a different Alaska pilot each month.
Sandi Sumner’s site
Stories & Briefs
Getting your book reviewed
Alaska book reviewer Shana
Loshbaugh offers 5 tips for doing it right
(and some examples of how to do it oh-so-wrong).
tips for writers
Alaska “Mess Arrester” Linda Herr, author of “Organizing
the Disorganized,” offers 5
simple steps for writers and other creative types.
thee to a writers colony, advises Nancy Lord
So, no one shares your
peculiar obsession for losing yourself in voices and under scraps of paper?
You need to run away to a writers colony! Check
out this fun tip submitted by the author of Beluga Days.
Showing your stuff — when it’s no longer yours
Do you have
the right to post your own stories on the Web? Maybe
• Don’t let sleeping sites lie!
Once you put a site up on the Web, you need to let editors,
readers, reviewers and others know
• One interview, many stories?
The interview process changes
when you’re planning to produce multiple stories. Some tips for
how to conduct an interview worth recycling.
• Contest comments are your friend
aren’t all about prizes. Their real benefit is the feedback you
get from qualified judges. Sonya Senkowsky explains why
sometimes, even bad comments can be good. And, on a related note:
How to “win” every time, even when
• Digital images 101
Your editor wants you to ask your interview subjects
for a snapshot. Your subjects want to know if you want that as a J-peg
or gif, 200 dpi or 72? Huh?
wanna write ‘Alaskan’?
drive to dig for the facts and write nonfiction that involves people,
places, and things outside Alaska shouldn’t stop us,” writes
Anchorage writer Justin Oldham. More along that line in What
if I don’t Want to Write About Alaska?
went from retiree to self-education expert with coverage by USA Today
and NPR — mostly without leaving his Wasilla home. Learn how in
“Book Promotion for Introverts.”
Freelance staff meeting
Never mind that attendance would be
limited. One week into fulltime freelancing, I decided to hold a staff
Practical Poetry: An ode to getting published
Try Paula Sanders McCarron’s no-nonsense, four-step
plan to get your poems in print.
author’s to-do list
The world may seem to spin more slowly while you’re
waiting for your manuscript to be published, says Andromeda Romano-Lax.
But it speeds up soon enough.
Web mistakes writers make
Your Web site is often the first impression that your
potential customer gets of you. But Sharon Romine says many writers still
make these five mistakes.
Insure yourself against word confusion;
this list by grammar guru John Edmonds ensures
you get it right.
led to book ideas, says self-publisher Hayes
author and self-learning advocate Charles Hayes talks about how he turned
his personal passion for “self-education” into an enterprise
that includes a 1,000-plus-subscriber newsletter and a self-publishing
Alaska sunsets, for free!
an Alaska photo for your Web site or print project? Check out the US
Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska Image Library, source of this beautiful
Kanuti Refuge sunset photo. All images are public domain; just credit
the source. Hint: One of these would make a great home page photo
on your AlaskaWriters Web site.
Alaska clip art
flag used here came from the Alaska Native Knowledge Network, at www.ankn.uaf.edu,
which provides royalty-free art for free (Reduce the image size if using
on the Web, and be sure to credit the source!)
• Do you present talks or
writing workshops? Want to share your wisdom (and get publicity)?
Submit a brief item (250-450 words) for the AlaskaWriters tips page, and
get a link to your Web site, photo and bio listing: email@example.com.
Editor’s note: If you have been here before, you
may be wondering what happened to the old News & Tips page formats.
I plan to replace the news/tips pages with a blog, which will make archiving
and viewing easier. In the meantime, I did not want to take down any content
that has proven useful to others, so it is here in a new format.
Unfortunately, our AlaskaWriters
Forum had to close due to too much spam.