Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005

Writers Group meets today

The Writers Group will meet at 6 p.m. today in the conference room of the Kenai Community Library. Anyone interested in sharing their writing should bring two copies of it.

Writers' Night accepting submissions

Area writers are invited to submit work for the eighth annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night. Writers' Night is open to adult and high school writers who live in the central Kenai Peninsula, from Nikiski to Ninilchik, Cooper Landing and all points in between.

The Central Peninsula Writer's Group and Kenai Peninsula College sponsor the event. The submission and postmark deadline is 4 p.m. Friday.

A selection committee will read submissions and select 12 to 16 writers to present their work at the Writers' Night on Feb. 11. The event includes a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation. All writers who are selected must attend a rehearsal an evening before the presentation from 6 to 8 p.m., date to be announced. Selected writers will be notified by Feb. 4.

All types of fiction, humor, essays, poetry, children's fiction, children's poetry and creative nonfiction will be considered. Selections will be chosen based on the quality of the writing and the need for a well-balanced program, representing several different writing styles. The writing also will be judged on how suitable it is for reading before a live audience. There will be a strict 10-minute time limit, (approximately 1,000 words), so work should be written or edited accordingly. Reading an excerpt of a longer piece is fine within the prescribed time line.

An official submission form must be attached to the front of each submission. The author's name should not appear on the writing sample, only on the submission form. All entries will be "blind judged," without the selection committee knowing the author.

Writers may submit in as many categories as they like, though a submission form must accompany each entry. Submission forms are available at the Kenai Community Library. Entries can be dropped by the Kenai Community Library or mailed to the Central Peninsula Writer's Group, c/o Virginia Walters, 214 Birch St., Kenai, AK 99611.

The Kenai Peninsula College English department may publish selected writers in its magazine Driftwood. Those published will receive a complimentary copy at the time of publication.

Talent show seeking acts

The Nikiski High School Community Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium. Anyone wanting to be in the show should contact Joe Rizzo or Joshua Ball at Nikiski High between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 776-3456. Admission forms can be picked up at the school and must be turned in Feb. 1. The participation fee is $5 per person and there can be up to four people in a group.

Quilting entries wanted

The third annual Kenai Quilt Exhibition will be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai from Feb. 28 to April 8. Anyone with quilting experience is welcome to enter up to three pieces to be chosen for the exhibit. Quilts, wall hangings, wearable art, polar fleece and other styles will be accepted.

Entries must be submitted by Feb. 4. Entry forms are available at Kenai Fabric Center, Robin's Place Fabrics, Quilt Kits Alaska and the Kenai visitors center. For more information, call Dana Woodard at 283-1991.

Made in Alaska workshop scheduled

A Made in Alaska workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. "Marketing to Alaskans: A Follow-Up" is the theme for the workshop and it will include Made in Alaska program highlights, marketing basics, direct mail, public relations and print ads. The workshop is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. To register, call (907) 272-5634 or e-mail at least 24 hours before the workshop.

Writers conference slated

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold the statewide Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference from June 10 to 14 at Land's End Resort in Homer. It will feature former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as the keynote presenter, as well as 20 other faculty members, including noted authors, editors, publishers and agents from throughout Alaska and the United States. Other out-of-state authors and poets include Eva Shaw, Jack Driscoll, Jan Harper Haines, Pamela Houston, Allison Hedge Coke and Gary Ferguson.

The conference will offer daily workshops, craft talks, manuscript reviews, panel presentations and evening readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, the business of writing and more. Evening readings by conference faculty will be open to the public at no charge.

The general conference fee, including luncheons, the opening dinner presentation and workshops is $245 before May 12 and $295 after May 12. Advanced registration is required.

One University of Alaska Anchorage academic credit is optionally offered for the additional tuition of $112. For specific program and registration information, visit the Web site at

Summer arts camp takes registrations

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp, a nationally recognized multidisciplinary fine arts camp for middle and high school students, is open for registration. The camp is June 18 to July 2. Space is limited. For more information or to apply, visit the Web site www.fineartscamp.opg.

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