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Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 20 Sep 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza, Anchorage, AK
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    2015 Alaska Writers Guild ANNUAL CONFERENCE
    in conjunction with
    SCBWI Alaska 

    Saturday, September 19 &

    Sunday, September 20


    Crowne Plaza Hotel

    Anchorage, Alaska


    The Alaska Writers Guild is set for a fantastic 2015 conference featuring nationally acclaimed editors, agents, and authors, as well as local authors and illustrators. Once again the conference will also offer a children's literature and illustration track in conjunction with The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

    Click here to read more about

    this year's faculty!

    Click here for the Conference Intensive and Breakout Session Schedule


    This year's conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. Morning coffee and refreshments and lunches are also included.



    The conference also offers:

    • A Saturday Evening Awards Banquet to honor scholarship winners, the AWG Writer of the Year, Most Promising Manuscript recipients, and winners of the Juried Illustrator Showcase. This will be one of the premier events of the conference, so don't miss out!
    • A juried illustrator portfolio display

    • Tables for Author Book Sales during Saturday's lunch 

    *Please see below for fees accompanying these events


    Friday Optional Intensives


    3-hour intensive workshops offer a more in-depth experience with faculty on a specific subject. Bring your manuscript or portfolio and be ready to write, draw, or both!

    This year's Intensives include:

    • Morning Picture Book Intensive with agent Danielle Smith
    • Afternoon Middle Grade and Young Adult Intensive with agent Danielle Smith
    • Afternoon Author Intensive with bestselling author Steven James
    • Afternoon e-Publishing Intensive with Mark Coker of Smashwords
    • NEW Sunday afternoon Illustrator Intensive

    Click here to read more about this year's Optional Intensives

    Click here to read more about

    this year's faculty

    2014 Intensive Workshop with Jon Fine of



    Manuscript Reviews (CLOSED)


    Manuscript reviews for the first 10 pages of your manuscript, in addition to an optional one-page query letter or synopsis, are also available. Critiques are presented in a face-to-face format during the conference. All submitted manuscripts are eligible to be nominated for a "Most Promising Manuscript" Award, as designated by critiquing faculty. Attendees have the option of signing up for multiple manuscript reviews. Available slots for manuscript reviews sell out quickly, so be sure to sign up early!

    Click here for the

    2015 Manuscript Review Guidelines

    This year's critiquing faculty include:

    • Andy Kifer, Agent, The Gernert Company
    • Laurie McLean, Agent, Fuse Literary
    • Danielle Smith, Agent, Red Fox Literary
    • Gary Luke, Editor, Sasquatch Books
    • Evan Swensen, Publisher, Publication Consultants

    Click here to read more about

    this year's faculty

    2014 Most Promising Manuscript Award Recipients


    Hotel Reservations

    Treat yourself to a mini “Writing Vacation,” avoid traffic, and stay at the Crowne Plaza during the conference! To make a reservation, contact the Crowne Plaza at (907) 433-4100 or 1 (800) 948-0424 and mention the Alaska Writers Guild Conference.


    Registration Options

    Alaska Writers Guild Conference 

    Saturday, September 19 &

    Sunday, September 20 

    • Two full days of breakout sessions, panels, keynotes, and speakers, including all SCBWI Saturday breakout sessions
    • Saturday evening Awards Reception
    • Saturday lunch with faculty and Sunday critique group & genre table lunch
    • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
    • Access to optional Friday intensives and manuscript critiques


    June 30


    August 31 


    September 18

     AWG Member  $195  $ 225  $255
     Non-Member  $240 $270  $290

    SCBWI KidLit Track

    Saturday, September 19 

    • All SCBWI  breakout sessions
    • Saturday panels and keynotes
    • Saturday morning coffee and refreshments, and Saturday lunch
    • Access to optional Friday intensives and manuscript critiques




    June 30


    August 31 


    September 18

     SCBWI Member  $95 $115  $125
     Non-Member  $120 $140  $150



    Optional Fees

       Friday Workshops Manuscript Reviews  Saturday  Awards Banquet 
    AWG Member  $45 $45 $45
     SCBWI Member $45 $45 $45
    Non-member  $60 $60  $45



      Juried Illustrator Portfolio Display

    Book Sale & Signing Table

    AWG or SCBWI Member  $20 or FREE with Sunday Illustrator Intensive Registration





    How to Register

    Click on the registration button for either the full AWG Conference or SCBWI KidLit Track on the left side of the screen in the blue information box and follow the prompted steps. Payment will be by credit card through a secure payment gateway. To pay by check, please complete the online registration form and mail your payment to:          


    Alaska Writers Guild

    P.O. Box 670014

    Chugiak, Alaska 99567




    Several scholarships are available for college students and non-college students alike:

    For non-college students: Download a scholarship application here

    For college students: Download the Doris Dearborn Scholarship application form here.


    2014 Lin Halterman Scholarship winner Evan Nasse


    For inquiries about the Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Conference, contact the 2015 Conference Chair: 

    Brooke Hartman at



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