DANGER CLOSE ALASKA
History of Danger Close Alaska
In 2016, the Alaska Humanities Forum partnered with 49 Writers to launch Danger Close Alaska, in association with New York City-based writing nonprofit Words After War and Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Danger Close Alaska was created to promote discussion and deepened understanding of the experiences of those affiliated with the armed services, whether active duty or veterans, through writing and literature.
The series kicked off with an in-depth, one of a kind, multi-genre writing workshop that united veteran and civilian writers in the production of high quality literature, a public Crosscurrents panel discussion, and a small-run publication that bridged the military-civilian divide.
In March 2017, Danger Close Alaska continued with a Crosscurrents on-stage discussion and also expanded to Juneau through a public Reading and Craft Talk and an all-day writing workshop . Each event featured Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk and All the Ways We Kill and Die, and co-editor of the anthology The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War. The 2018-19 programming featured a monthly series of writing workshops held over the course of six months. Participants tackled one craft issue per session and concluded with a generative writing exercise.
Danger Close Alaska 2020
This year, we will spend the day immersed in radical conversation, both in-person and on the page. The workshop will be led by poet, essayist, and lawyer, Wendy Willis, and author, do-gooder, and veteran Matthew Komatsu, and will explore conversations between people, alive and dead; between people and landscapes; between writers and readers; between leaders and citizens. We’ll leave plenty of time to think and write and share and connect.
All genres and writing experience welcome. Space is limited, register now.
Radical Conversations Writing Workshop
March 7, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Anchorage Community House
Military (active, family, retired, veteran, reserves) - $10
49 Writers members or FT students - $49
General enrollment - $59
Space is limited; register now at 49writers.org/danger-close.
This event is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Atwood Foundation.