Alaska Writers Conference – June 12-16, 2015

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A first-hand account of what it was like to attend the Alaska Writers Conference in 2015

When the opportunity came to attend the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in Homer, Alaska, I pounced. It was my first writers’ conference. I had no idea what to expect. I resolved to go with an open mind, open heart, and be a sponge—listen, don’t do the talking—in one of the most beautiful settings on earth, at Lands’ End Resort at the end of the Homer Spit. Kachemak Bay on one side, Cook Inlet on the other, bordered by blue and white mountains too beautiful for description. What’s not to like?

According to the University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College program schedule, “This is an annual collegiate conference that provides an opportunity for writers and readers to discuss contemporary literature and the art, process, and techniques of creative writing.” Authors, poets, writers, and industry professionals from Alaska and the Lower 48 gathered to educate, share their experiences, their writing, and inspire us. And indeed they did.

The conference was four days of workshops, panel discussions, readings, guided writing circles and informal conversation covering topics ranging from writing memoir and fiction to demystifying the literary agent and publishing processes, writing evocative dialogue, and the importance of writing and studying poetry.

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Written by Lois Paige Simenson

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